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April 2015 Archives

Employment opportunity rights granted to Michigan citizens

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission ensures that citizens of Michigan do not face unlawful discrimination at their workplace. The federal law provides citizens with employment rights along with certain services to ensure the protection of these civil rights.

Rights and responsibilities of Michigan employers under MIOSHA

Passed in 1974, the Michigan Occupation Safety and Health Act established certain rights and responsibilities for all Michigan employers. These rights and duties not only work in the best interest of employers but also protect employee rights, which were discussed in an earlier blog post.

How U.S. job termination laws protect employee healthcare rights

Whether it's a wrongful or at-will termination, the U.S. Department of Labor has given certain rights to its employee-citizens to address financial challenges in the event of job loss. These rights include the right to continued healthcare coverage and in some cases the right to unemployment compensation.

Graduate employees at MSU negotiating for more benefits

The Graduate Employee Union and Michigan State University are currently negotiating a new contract that would expand union rights to employees other than teaching assistants. These negotiations follow the 2012 bill signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that left most graduate employees unable to unionize or bargain for workplace protections.

Alternate resolution mechanisms for employment disputes

A recent fact-finding report has observed that litigation stemming from employment disputes has been rising over the last two decades. Michigan employees and employers who have been part of employment litigation know that it is costly. An alternative means of settling employment disputes amicably and swiftly is available.