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Michigan hospital agrees to settle racial discrimination lawsuit

Workplace discrimination is a serious matter that can lower employee morale. Under federal employment law, employers are required to hire applicants without regard to their gender, faith, political belief, disability or age. Employees should be treated fairly with the same prohibitions in mind. Some employers apparently have a hard time making sure all of their employees follow the rules.

Michigan in dispute with state employee labor unions

Unions representing tens of thousands of Michigan state employees are currently negotiating with the state regarding contracts that are set to expire at the end of December. The negotiations have unfortunately stalled due to disagreements on wages and benefits. These negotiations are the first since Michigan implemented a right to work law that critics say dilutes the strength of unions and that the unions claim should not apply to state workers.

Following mass layoff, workers sue for violation of WARN act

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.

New Michigan law creates business court docket

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 fire official violated code of conduct by swearing at TV reporter

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?

Contract dispute jeopardizes work at Caterpillar manufacturing plant

Caterpillar, the name see on the heavy equipment popping up around road construction projects all over Detroit this time of year, is facing an issue with its employees at a Midwest production facility.

Madison Heights teacher, Board of Education lock horns in employment dispute

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.

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