When a person begins a new job, or has worked in the same field for many years, they soon become aware of the brand of ethics within the industry as well as what actions are legal or illegal for employees or management to engage in.
On March 12, Entertainment Publications, the publisher of the popular Entertainment coupon books, filed for bankruptcy. The Michigan company moved to liquidate its assets, listed at approximately $13.8 million to pay debts listed at approximately $52.1 million. At the same time, the company laid off more than 350 workers. A group of those employees filed a class action suit, alleging an employment dispute. The Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act requires employers to give employees at leave 60 days advance notice when laying off employees or to pay 60 days of wages and benefits. Employees claim they did not receive the required notice or benefits.
There are many fields of employment that tend to include employment contracts here in Michigan and throughout the country. One of these is the television industry, wherein actors and actresses often work under the terms of a contract that governs the compensation, severance and benefits that they will be entitled to earn while under employment.
Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a new business court bill designed to improve and streamline commercial and business disputes in Michigan. The bill, effective Jan 1st, will send all employment disputes exceeding $25,000 to a special business court docket in hopes of increasing court efficiency and establishing consistency over business court rulings. Some counties have already taken steps toward creating their own business courts prior to this legislation and will require only minor adjustments to current operations. For others this will be an entirely new legal experience.
Detroit readers who liked watching Ann Curry co-host "Today" on NBC are going to have to make an adjustment; on Thursday, Curry announced that it was her last show.
In 2008, Best Buy, where Detroit readers have probably purchased an electronics item at some point, acquired the digital music sharing service. But then, things changed. iTunes came along and Napster was no longer relevant. Ultimately, Best Buy wound up selling Napster in 2011 to another company, which closed Napster not long after.
Detroit's Deputy Fire Commissioner Fred Wheeler lost his temper when confronted by a television news reporter earlier this week. No one is disputing that. But did he deserve to be nudged out of his job over the incident?
Any dispute between workers and employers has the potential to become disruptive. But the ongoing employment dispute between Madison Heights teachers and the Board of Education has the potential to disturb the education of many Detroit-area children, making the stakes higher than is par for the course in these kinds of disagreements.