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Michigan Joins Quest to Block New Overtime Rule

On September 20, 2016, Michigan joined 20 other states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to block a new overtime rule that goes into effect on December 1, 2016. Here is a link to the complaint Nevada v. Labor Dept., (9/20/16). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups … Continue Reading

Would Yelp Get a Favorable Review from the NLRB for Blog Post Termination?

Last week a former employee working for Yelp’s food delivery unit, Eat 24, was fired for violating the company’s internal “terms of conduct.” The termination came after the customer-service rep, Talia Janes, wrote a critical blog post about her low pay and working conditions in an open letter to Yelp’s CEO. The interesting issue for legal geeks … Continue Reading

Improperly Investigating Employee Misconduct Could Land You in Court

Investigating employee misconduct is, unfortunately, a common occurrence companies and their HR professionals experience. But if the investigation is not properly handled, it could expose the employer to liability, including being sued for defamation. Consider for example a recent lawsuit in which an employee sued her employer and its supervisors because of the manner in … Continue Reading

Target Eliminates use of “Check the Box” in Relation to Job Applications and Criminal Background Checks

Job applications commonly have a question in the form of checking a box to indicate whether an applicant has a criminal record. If the applicant checks “yes,” the applicant is asked to explain the circumstances. In reality, however, checking the box ends the employment opportunity for the applicant because it is likely that a prospective … Continue Reading

Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination – Legislative Update

Tomorrow Royal Oak (Michigan) votes on a local ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. The Royal Oak City Commission passed the ordinance in March, but enough residents signed a petition to keep it from taking effect. If this ordinance is enacted, Royal Oak would join approximately … Continue Reading

Jim Leyland – A Great Baseball Manager, but a Bad Example for Managing Your Company’s HR

Jim Leyland, the now former manager for the Detroit Tigers, officially announced his resignation today. Under his tenure, which lasted eight seasons, Mr. Leyland took the Tigers to two World Series and had an overall record of 700-597. An example in “what not to do” in managing a company’s human resources. Mr. Leyland’s tenure with … Continue Reading
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