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July 2015 Archives

What are an employer's responsibilities under MIOSHA?

According to the Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act, employees and employers have certain rights and responsibilities. Some employer responsibilities have a large impact on employee rights. Every employer has the responsibility to provide a workplace that free of recognized hazards that pose a risk of injury or death.

Experienced counsel for workplace discrimination cases

It is not uncommon for Michigan employees to experience workplace discrimination. It is illegal under federal and Michigan law, however, to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion, race or gender. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because of that person's association with a particular organization. Federal employees and employees of federal contractors also have the right to bring a federal claim alleging workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity.

New federal regulation will allow more overtime claims

Most Michigan hourly employees who work more than 40 hours during a work week expect to be paid overtime for those additional hours. However, workers who meet certain criteria are exempt from receiving overtime pay. According to regulations promulgated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers who earn more than $23,660 annually are currently exempt from making overtime claims.

Non-competition clauses and the Michigan employee

For some Michigan workers, signing an employment contract may not be a simple task, especially if there's a non-competition clause associated with it. Generally, a non-competition agreement refers to a contract under which employees cannot join or start a venture similar to their current employers' company if they leave their employment. In employment law circles, there is a lot of debate over how far these contracts can go in restricting employees' freedom.