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November 2017 Archives

Superintendent to receive $82K in severance after resigning

In Norton Shores, the Mona Shores Public School Board has agreed to pay Greg Helmer, the former superintendent, $82,975.40 in severance pay through June 30, 2018. The agreement was made after Helmer turned in his resignation effective as of Nov. 14. He will also retain his health insurance coverage until June 30, 2018.

Are Michigan laws regarding marijuana use contradictory?

Michigan legislature passes laws, but interpretation is often done at the Court of Appeals. The use of marijuana for medical reasons was passed into law in Michigan in 2008 by a 63 percent voter approval. In 2009, a Walmart employee was discharged from his job after failing a drug test, which came back positive for cannabis. The employee was medically prescribed the drug for sinus cancer and a brain tumor.

As a legal immigrant, am I safe from workplace discrimination?

To be clear, you may not exactly "be safe from" workplace discrimination, but you do have federal protections against discrimination in the workplace. What this means is that while you certainly have a right to be free of discrimination, it could still happen to you in your workplace. Further, if someone – a boss or a co-worker – discriminates against you because of your immigration status, the law can help you find a remedy.

Nurses union files suit over whistleblower provision violations

According to a group of Michigan nurses with the Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, there are serious safety issues at this health care facility. Allegations include inadequate staffing, patient harm and poor conditions just to name three. The nurses union to which these professionals belong also claims that hospital leaders "violated the whistleblower provisions of the Michigan Public Health Code."

A contract can protect you if your company tries to force you out

Executive employment contracts can provide you with a great deal of protection in Detroit's corporate arena. After all, the contract's provisions bind both you and your employer legally. This can make it challenging for "big bosses" to force executive employees out of their positions, but it can still happen.

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