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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Ask The Lawyer, Manager in Name Only?

A MANAGER ‘IN NAME ONLY’ CAN COST EMPLOYER A BUNDLE QUESTION: I own several small restaurants in the metro area. The restaurants are run by a manager, who is in charge of hiring and firing, scheduling shifts, ordering food, and generally overseeing the entire operation within guidelines I set. I also have several assistant managers, who help out in the

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Ask The Lawyer, MANAGER ‘IN NAME ONLY’?

A MANAGER ‘IN NAME ONLY’ CAN COST EMPLOYER A BUNDLE QUESTION: I own several small restaurants in the metro area. The restaurants are run by a manager, who is in charge of hiring and firing, scheduling shifts, ordering food, and generally overseeing the entire operation within guidelines I set. I also have several assistant managers, who help out in the

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Ask The Lawyer, WHO NEEDS SLEEP?

WHO NEEDS SLEEP? NO LIMIT ON HOURS MEDICAL RESIDENTS – AND OTHERS – CAN WORK QUESTION: My son-in-law is a resident at a hospital. We visited with him and my daughter last weekend, and he looked exhausted. My daughter told me he had worked a 20-hour shift. Aren’t there limits on how many hours someone can be required to work

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Ask The Lawyer: Isn’t it against the law to discriminate against older workers?

OLDER WORKER THINKS HIRING PROCESS DISCRIMINATED QUESTION: I’m 57, well-qualified and experienced, and looking for a job – but I can’t even get an interview. I believe a lot of the firms I apply to discriminate against “older” applicants. Sometimes it’s pretty clear from the job description, that the employer is only interested in younger workers (the posting will say

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