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An Employer’s First and Best Line of Defense to Discrimination Claims

A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision highlights the important role employment agreements can play in defending against employment discrimination lawsuits. Specifically, in Sams v Common Ground, when William Sams was hired by Common Ground he signed an employment contract. In that contract, Sams agreed that he would not sue the company one year after … Continue Reading

Should Employers Reconsider Using Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements?

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial titled, “Why the Trial Bar and Its Friends Detest Arbitration” by James R. Copland. Mr. Copland’s editorial highlighted some high-profile lawsuits to conclude that the court system often fails companies. Business owners frequently share the same belief and assume their businesses will fare better in arbitration rather … Continue Reading

Differences in State Law Create Hurdles for Enforcing Non-Compete Restrictions

A Court ruled that a company didn’t show a substantial likelihood that it would succeed in enforcing noncompetition restrictions against four former employees. This failure, however, is an important reminder for companies with multi-state operations or employees who may live in a state where non-compete restrictions are not favored or otherwise enforceable. Turning to the … Continue Reading

Employer Charged with Unfair Labor Practice Because Employee Manual and Agreements Were Unlawful

Two annoyances in life often involve cliches and living out a cliche. This is especially true when the cliche is “shooting yourself in the foot.” But T-Mobile got to experience both last week when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that it engaged in unfair labor policies. The ruling arose out of T-Mobile’s employee … Continue Reading

Building an Effective HR Foundation is Critical to a Start-up’s Business Success

Michigan, like many states, seeks to create a vibrant start-up environment. And as a further sign of that commitment, February 18 through February 25, 2015 marks Entrepreneurship Week in Michigan under a recent proclamation from Gov. Snyder. The preamble for the Governor’s proclamation notes that: More than 70 percent of young Americans envision starting a business … Continue Reading
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