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What Businesses Should Know About Michigan's New Discovery Rule Changes

folders- edit.jpgBen Tigay, Esq.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Michigan civil discovery process will change dramatically. Among the changes are new duties on the retention of electronically stored information (ESI), which includes emails, word documents, PDFs, etc. Here is what businesses should know about preserving ESI before and during litigation.

Employers Should Consider an Anti-Marijuana Stance, Even in "Green" States

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Brandon Grysko, Esq.

In the not-so-distant past, employers could-and did-simply have a blanket prohibition on possession and use of illegal drugs in the workplace. However, this issue has become more complicated as voters in Michigan have approved marijuana use for both recreational (adult-use) and medical purposes. Employers should revise their policies to make their position on marijuana clear. Even though marijuana is legal in Michigan, employers should still consider an anti-pot stance.

Employment Protections for LGBTQ Workers

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Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Employers should be aware of recent legal changes pertaining to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) workers. Although there is major political controversy surrounding the scope of existing employment laws, employers need to be aware that many courts and administrative agencies consider gender identity and sexual orientation to be protected classifications under current sex-discrimination laws.

Fall Evaporation on the Great Lakes Could Determine Potential Damage

lake-superior-4047501_1920.jpgPaul Bohn, Esq.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Great Lakes water levels were the highest recorded since 1986. At this time of the year, water levels normally decrease due to evaporation. Water levels are currently declining, but that is on top of already high-water levels.

What is a REAL ID-Compliant Driver's License?

Mike McNamara, Esq.

Michigan residents will be unable to fly within the United States or enter some federal facilities, nuclear power plants, or military bases beginning October 1, 2020 unless they have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or REAL ID compliant document. REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses are marked with a gold circle with a star inside and are now offered in Michigan Secretary of State offices.

President Trump Repeals Water Protections

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Paul Bohn, Esq.

President Trump repealed one of President Obama's pollution protections for small streams and wetlands. President Obama's regulation, also known as the Clean Water Rule, gave federal protections to Western Rivers, nearby wetlands, and headwater streams.

Employer Forced to Rescind its Employee Arbitration Agreements

hands-1063442_1920e.jpgBrandon Grysko, Esq.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently forced an employer to rescind arbitration agreements with numerous past and current employees. The NLRB is the administrative decision-making body charged with enforcing the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a labor law that protects employees who ban together to improve the terms and conditions of their employment.

Cancer-Treatment Center wants to Block Its Former Doctors from Seeing Patients

business-3152586_1920e.jpgBrandon Grysko, Esq.

To protect their competitive edge in the business world, employers commonly have their employees sign contracts called "non-compete" agreements. These types of agreements prevent former employees from using all the training, experience, and industry access to compete against a former employer in the same market for a specified period of time.

Drinking While Boating: What's Changed?

320px-Great_Lakes_Seaway_Trail_-_Boating_on_Lake_Erie_-_NARA_-_7718806.jpgMark Mandell, Esq.

Labor Day is quickly approaching. Many people will be heading out on the water for possibly the final time this summer. In 2015, Michigan updated their boating while intoxicated laws. Are you aware of them?

Individual Arbitration is the New Default Rule Where an Agreement is Ambiguous as to Class Action

class-action-suit.jpgBrandon Grysko, Esq.

In a blow to employee advocacy groups, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, which held that class action arbitration is only available when an arbitration agreement explicitly says so.

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