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July 2013 Archives

A living wage is a human right

The current minimum wage is $7.40 in the state of Michigan and has been the standard for five years. There has not been much in the way of legislation to change it. However, an effort being led by workers' organizations in the cities of Detroit and Lansing aim to change that. Both Democrat and Republican based workers' unions have come together in an effort that they say will help small business in the state and create jobs for the struggling local economy.

Michigan supreme court refuses to opine on right-to-work

Michigan's Supreme Court recently denied a request from the state's governor to opine on the constitutionality of the state's newly enacted right-to-work law. In denying the request, the court questioned whether granting the request would be an appropriate exercise of its judicial discretion. This refusal by the court may result in numerous court challenges of the controversial legislation.

Unpaid internships come under fire

A series of labor lawsuits against Fox Entertainment and Gawker Media has sparked new concern regarding unpaid internships, which are a common way for college students in Michigan and elsewhere to gain industry experience. The companies were sued by former interns who alleged that they were owed back pay for their service. Many have responded in support, agreeing that unpaid internships are exploitation and abuse at best. Others add that unpaid internships create a division between those who can afford to work for free and those who cannot.

Michigan author urges caution regarding workplace discrimination

In the state of Michigan, a person may be fired simply because of his or her sexual orientation. The author of a new book on the subject of workplace discrimination is the founder of a nonprofit organization in Michigan that helps to prepare LBGT students with the transition from college into the job force. In the book, the author warns students to exercise caution in their search for employment.