Ask The Lawyer, ‘MASSAGING’ RESUME COSTS WORKER HIS JOB

‘MASSAGING’ RESUME COSTS WORKER HIS JOB – AND MAYBE $100K TOO! QUESTION: Over a decade ago, when I applied at the company I now work for, I exaggerated my educational background a little bit. I have an associate degree in business; I said I had a bachelor’s degree. I didn’t think a little massaging would be a problem; I had

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Ask The Lawyer, Are we on the hook for his benefits?

ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT FOR WORKER WHO LEFT FOR MEDICAL REASONS? QUESTION: One of my employees was diagnosed with a cancer, and told everyone he would be leaving the company to undergo treatment. Before he left, he asked for three months’ leave – but I told him that we don’t have a leave policy (and we’re not covered by

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Ask The Lawyer,I believe my privacy has been violated.

VIOLATION OF PRIVACY? EMPLOYEE’S GMAIL ACCOUNT ACCESSED BY FORMER BOSS QUESTION: Until recently, I worked at a title company. I frequently replied to personal emails on my personal Gmail account during lunch. When I resigned from the company two weeks ago; I was not allowed to serve out my notice, but was immediately escorted from the premises. I learned later

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Ask The Lawyer, PAID SICK TIME?

PAID SICK TIME? AVAILABLE, BUT WITH RESTRICTIONS, UNDER NEW LAW QUESTION: I heard that the Michigan legislature passed a law that requires employers to give employees paid sick time. I’d like to take some time off to have knee surgery, but I don’t know if I’m eligible, or how much time I could take. ANSWER: The new law, signed by

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Ask The Lawyer, Can I sue the company if it doesn’t ensure my safety?

QUESTION: I work at a shop where we routinely work with heavy metal assemblies, cutting and welding tools, drive forklifts and use cranes. Improper use of these machines is extremely hazardous. The problem is that several of my co-workers smoke pot (and I suspect one of the supervisors does too). Now that Michigan voters have decided to make recreational use

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Ask The Lawyer, Minimum Wage Increase?

QUESTION: I heard some talk that the minimum wage was going to be increased to $10, but I haven’t heard anything about it recently. I run a (very) small business, and want to make sure I’m on the right side of the law. ANSWER: Under a ballot petition circulated by the nonprofit group Michigan One Fair Wage, the minimum wage

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HOW DOES THE GRINCH WRECK YOUR OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY? WITH LITIGATION, OF COURSE!

HOW DOES THE GRINCH WRECK YOUR OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY? WITH LITIGATION, OF COURSE! By: Daniel A. Gwinn Holiday parties! Great food! Great drink! Wonderful conversation! And a fantastic breeding ground for lawsuits and litigation. Every year, we receive questions from employees and employers seeking to bring, or ward off, litigation after a holiday party goes wrong. This year, we have

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Internet for Personal Use at Work? By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

AN UNENFORCED POLICY MAY BE … UNENFORCEABLE QUESTION:  I’m a supervisor at a large company. The company has an Internet Policy forbidding use of company computers to access the Internet for personal use. Although all employees are required to acknowledge they have read the policy before they start on the job, the policy is widely ignored, although most people just

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