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Non-competition clauses and the Michigan employee


For some Michigan workers, signing an employment contract may not be a simple task, especially if there's a non-competition clause associated with it. Generally, a non-competition agreement refers to a contract under which employees cannot join or start a venture similar to their current employers' company if they leave their employment. In employment law circles, there is a lot of debate over how far these contracts can go in restricting employees' freedom.

What to do if a paycheck is missing overtime hours


The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs receives thousands of complaints from employees each year regarding wage violations by employers. Officials at Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, suggest that many claims regarding labor wage violations result from clerical oversights, not from employers trying to avoid paying minimum wage, overtime hours or benefits.

Graduate employees at MSU negotiating for more benefits


The Graduate Employee Union and Michigan State University are currently negotiating a new contract that would expand union rights to employees other than teaching assistants. These negotiations follow the 2012 bill signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that left most graduate employees unable to unionize or bargain for workplace protections.

Negotiate the employment contract before accepting the job


In Michigan as in the rest of the United States, most employees are at-will employees with no employment contract. High level or executive employees, however, are often in a position to negotiate an employment contract that can, among other things, protect them from discharge at will. For people in this position, setting the terms of the employment contract prior to execution is very important. Once a person is hired, they have no leverage to negotiate a better deal.

Michigan football coach signs lucrative employment contract


Terms of employment contracts should be well-negotiated for the best deal. Recently, the seven-year employment contract of University of Michigan's new football coach was revealed and the contract's value was far more than anticipated. He will earn close to $40.1 million over seven years.

Changing control agreement can protect your rights at termination


Employment contracts are executed between employers and employees so that the terms and conditions of employment, including severance pay in cases of termination, are clear to both parties. This is standard everywhere in the country, including Michigan. Today, most employment contracts signed by senior executives in U.S. corporations include a change-in-control clause.

Extension of tenure and increase in pay for WMU president

According to a recent news report, the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University has unanimously approved a one-year extension of the employment contract of its current president. He has been serving as the president of WMU since 2007 and the present extension will carry his tenure till the end of 2017.

UAW preparing for new employment contracts with The Big Three


Detroit residents are very familiar with the three biggest names in the American automotive industry: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, collectively known as the "Big Three". In one year, these three companies will be entering into employment contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union for the first time since 2011. The UAW represents almost 400,000 workers employed with the Big Three. This may be the biggest challenge to date for the recently appointed president of the UAW.

Lacrosse coach complains of breach of employment contract


Michigan residents are aware that it is very important for an employee to read the employment contract clauses before accepting or declining a job offer. After an employee has signed on the dotted line, the employee will not be able to renegotiate benefits, job roles, compensation or even the terms of severance with the employer.

Faculty at Central Michigan University sign five-year contract

Michigan residents are probably aware that employment contracts are binding to both the employee and the employer. It is a foundation on which an employer-employee relationship can be built, and needs to be respected by all concerned parties.

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