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How ERISA protects workers' pensions

In Michigan and across the country, financial turmoil has engulfed many cities, counties and states to the point that some workers' pensions are in jeopardy. Many of these workers are public employees who only took certain jobs for the pension benefits. For private workers, ERISA is available to provide protection. ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Passed in 1974, this law is meant to protect assets of workers so they will have access to their retirement funds at their retirement.

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.

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.

Who is exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act wage regulations?


Many workers in Michigan put in extra hours on the job with the understanding that they will receive overtime pay. Most of these workers understand that such payment is required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. However, some workers are exempted from these national overtime pay provisions. Every employee should check with an employer before accepting a job to determine whether the job is one of those that is exempt. In fact, this should be part of the process of looking closely at any job contract to find out what an employer expects and how and when the worker will be paid.

Contrary to popular belief, federal employees can be fired


Many Detroit residents may have misconceptions regarding the benefits given to federal employees. It is often believed that the rights of federal workers and non-federal workers are very different. The agency that handles the appeals of federal employees who have been dismissed has listed these misconceptions and, according to the list, the first misconception is that federal employees are protected from dismissal. This is not true.

Protecting the rights of the employees in Detroit, Michigan

Residents of Michigan who are employed may be aware of their rights according to the state. One of the basic rights given to employees is freedom from workplace discrimination. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against their employees for any reason other than work performance.

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.

Advocates championing employee rights in Detroit, Michigan


The attorneys at Sterling Attorneys at Law PC have defended the rights of employees in lawsuits for decades. Under Michigan law, employees are entitled to several rights in order to ensure their well-being in the workplace. If any of their rights have been violated by the employer, the employee has the statutory right to initiate a lawsuit against the employer.

Who is eligible for unemployment compensation in Michigan?

Unemployment benefits in Michigan are distributed by the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency. A person who is seeking unemployment benefits cannot be working but must be physically capable of working. An active, constant job search must also be underway. Also, the worker must register for work online at www.mitalent.org and visit a service center of the Michigan Works! Agency, unless told otherwise by a UIA representative.

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