Ask The Lawyer, Am I paying her enough?

LOW-LEVEL MANAGERS MAY GET SALARY BUMP UNDER DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSAL QUESTION: Back in 2016, before the presidential election, I read a lot about a higher minimum salary for managers. Then nothing happened. Last year I increased the salary I pay the manager of a boutique I own to $34,000 a year. Am I paying her enough? ANSWER: Under current

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Ask The Lawyer, 10-HOUR DAY? TOO BAD! NO OVERTIME PAY REQUIRED

10-HOUR DAY? TOO BAD! NO OVERTIME PAY REQUIRED QUESTION: A few weeks ago I took a Monday off as a paid personal day, and then worked four ten-hour days to make up for the work I had missed. I thought I’d get some over time, since I worked over my regular schedule all week, but the boss says no. ANSWER:

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Ask The Lawyer, CAN EMPLOYER ASK ABOUT CRIMINAL CONVICTION?

CAN EMPLOYER ASK ABOUT CRIMINAL CONVICTION? QUESTION: I heard that Gov. Snyder signed a “ban the box” law last year, forbidding employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. Does this mean I won’t be able to know if the candidate I hired is a felon? ANSWER: The executive directive, issued by former Gov. Rick Snyder last September, applies

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Ask The Lawyer, “Love Contracts?”

“LOVE CONTRACTS” PUBLICIZE YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK – AND RAISE MANY QUESTIONS By Daniel A. Gwinn, GWINN LEGAL PLLC QUESTION: I manage a small bistro. I recently started dating one of our servers. It’s going really well, but the owner told me I need to sign a love contract, stating I am in an “intimate personal relationship” if we

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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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