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Employee rights for workers aged 14 to 18


Now that many teens and young adults in Oakland County are done with school for the summer, they may be in search of a summer job. Whether that seasonal position involves an internship, tipped work, or hourly retail work, young workers still have key employee rights under the law. Most of the time, local employers abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as numerous other laws and regulations, in order to keep workers of all ages safe and fairly compensated. Not every employer follows the law, though, and those affected by unscrupulous practices may want to contact an employment law attorney.

Former Flint city administrator alleges wrongful termination

A former city administrator in Michigan has filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that she was wrongfully terminated after making allegations that the mayor was steering money meant for families affected by the Flint water crisis to a campaign fund. The 39-year-old woman says she was fired in February because she reported the allegations to the city attorney and sought an investigation into the mayor’s alleged misconduct. She says she was informed of the alleged misdeeds by another city employee. After she reported the information, she was fired.

Former Volkswagen employee files wrongful termination suit


When Michigan employees see wrongdoing at their places of work, they should report it. Part of what compels these workers to do the right thing is protection for retaliation if they are deemed a whistleblower. If the employer chooses to punish the employee or outright dismisses him or her, this can be the foundation for a legal filing for a violation of employee rights.

Two restaurants ordered to pay after violating employee rights


Workers in the service industry in Michigan might not know that they have certain rights that their employer must adhere to. When employee rights are violated, it is important that those who have been victimized know what to do to receive their employee benefits. Proving that there was a violation can result in compensation and back pay. Having advice as to the legal issues is key to pursuing a claim.

Employee rights to new minimum wage in Michigan


There has been a significant debate during this political season regarding minimum wage laws and how much they should be across the U.S. Some states, including Michigan, are taking steps to raise the minimum wage. There are times, however, that an employer tries to avoid paying workers what they are supposed to receive under the law. Those who do not get what they are legally entitled to need to be aware of how to pursue a wage claim, which, can include an overtime claim for unpaid overtime or a claim for regular hourly pay.

Legal help when denied employee benefits under FMLA in Michigan


Family medical leave has become a hot-button political issue as the race for the presidency heats up. Workers are often left behind in the political spectrum in Michigan and across the country. It is easy to forget that there are certain rights that employees have to prevent denial of benefits, illegal workplace discrimination and wrongful termination. One aspect that must be kept in mind is the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Aides fired in political affair cover-up file whistleblower claim

Cases involving wrongful termination in Michigan and across the country can involve numerous issues and happen for a great many reasons. In some instances, they will begin in a certain way and expand to form a different case entirely. They might evolve into a whistleblower case if the circumstances warrant it. When a person files a case to protect their employee rights, it is imperative to have an idea as to the foundation of the case and how it can move forward. Some of these cases are newsworthy and result in significant press coverage and attention.

Michigan employee rights when a portion of wages come from tips


The minimum wage law in Michigan and whether or not workers are receiving what they are supposed to can be difficult to understand if a portion of the workers' pay is based on tips. The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act gives employers the right to consider tips as part of an employee's wages if the situation calls for it. This is applicable if the employee regularly and customarily is accorded tips. It is important to know the conditions for when it is allowable for an employer to take a tip credit based on the minimum wage.

Wrongful termination alleged after refusal to assist in cover-up


When a person is subjected to wrongful termination in Michigan, that person needs to understand that the relevant legal rights involved, and the possible opportunity to pursue a lawsuit for what happened. These cases frequently have multiple layers and occur in a wide variety of jobs. Protecting employee rights is imperative to ensure that everyone who has a job is treated fairly and is not subjected to capricious and self-serving decisions on the part of superiors, management and ownership. These issues can even arise in the public sector.

How the law protects a whistleblower at work in Michigan


In Michigan and across the country employees might witness certain acts, policies or behaviors that are in violation of the law. These violations can cause damage and place people at risk. The witness might, however, be concerned that they will be confronted with problems at work, a denial of benefits or even lose their jobs entirely if they report what they have seen. That is why the Whistleblowers' Protection Act was passed in 1980.

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