The HR Specialist: Michigan Employment Law

Nothing will cause trouble faster than a manager or supervisor who doesn’t report a subordinate’s alleged harassment. If no one reports the problem, it may resurface later—for example, after the employee has been discharged for valid reasons …

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A Michigan appeals court has ruled that religious employers have the right to make some employment decisions based on a constitutional “ministerial exception.” Essentially, employees hired to carry out an institution’s religious mission can’t sue under civil discrimination laws …

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Now is a good time to remind management that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) holds managers and supervisors personally liable for any violations. That means their personal assets are on the line if an employee wins a discrimination lawsuit …

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In a vote split along party lines, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they engage in legal off-duty activities such as smoking …

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Responding to skyrocketing gasoline prices, General Motors has announced it will shift its product mix to 60% cars, up from its current 50%, and close four plants that make trucks …

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Less than half of the hourly employees who returned to work following an 87-day strike at American Axle & Manufacturing will have jobs in a year, the company announced. The company also will cut its hourly labor rate, including wages and benefits, by half …

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With business slowing, many employers are choosing to trim employees’ hours rather than completely eliminate jobs … at least so far …

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Managers often don’t realize how important it is to keep notes and other records for a long time, even after an employee has quit. Remind them that employees have up to three years to sue under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) …

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“Everything is permitted unless it’s specifically prohibited,” Geoffrey Fieger told a Detroit federal jury, denying that he took advantage of a loophole in the law when he reimbursed employees for campaign contributions. “That’s what a lot of lawyers do—look for what’s permitted,” he said …

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Michigan ranked No. 1 for economic stress in a test compiled by the Campaign for America’s Future (CAF). The CAF “Stress Test” assessed the condition of jobs, housing, health care and household costs on a state-by-state basis over the past eight years …

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