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Google Underpays More Men Than Women?

Google Underpays More Men Than Women?

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

CNBC reported that a recent internal study at Google indicated that the company is underpaying at least one category of men when compared with women performing similar work.

Google's study found that a group of male software engineers "received less discretionary funds than women." This only looked at the company's discretionary spending and did not analyze other pay equity factors.

Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Workers-Is Regular Attendance Required?

Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Workers--Is Regular Attendance Required?

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Depending on the circumstances, regular attendance may be an essential job function, so an employer may not have to accommodate a disabled worker that cannot regularly attend work.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled workers. However, what's reasonable to one person may be unreasonable to another-meaning that issue is frequently litigated. Typically, an individual with a disability is "qualified" if, with a reasonable accommodation, he or she can perform essential job functions.

Warrantless Administrative Searches Must Provide Due Process to Property Owners

Warrantless Administrative Searches Must Provide Due Process to Property Owners

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Recently, a federal appeals court for the Sixth Circuit decided the case of Benjamin v. Stemple, which upheld the authority of a city to enter and secure dangerous vacant buildings without a warrant. An ordinance in the City of Saginaw required that vacant property owners sign a consent form allowing city inspectors to enter and secure any vacant buildings that were determined to be in dangerous condition. Saginaw property owners challenged the registration form in court, saying that it forced them to consent to unconstitutional warrantless searches of their properties. Ultimately, the court dismissed the case in favor of the city.

Unemployment Claims in an Era of Medical Marijuana

Unemployment Claims in an Era of Medical Marijuana

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

When handling claims for unemployment benefits, Michigan business owners, managers, and human resources professionals need to be aware how medical marijuana impacts the claims process. The Michigan Employment Security Act (MESA) is the law responsible for unemployment benefits. Under Section 29 of MESA, a former employee (called the claimant) can be disqualified from unemployment benefits if he or she was fired for testing positive for controlled substances or for violating workplace drug policies.

Public Employers May Refuse to Hire Applicants Who Use Medical Marijuana

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Brandon Grysko, Esq.

On February 19, 2019, the Michigan court of appeals upheld the Lansing Board of Water and Light's ability to disqualify a job applicant on the basis of medical marijuana use.

In Eplee v Lansing, the plaintiff was a job applicant for a position with Board of Water and Light. The Board conditionally offered her a job, pending the results of a drug test. Eplee tested positive for marijuana, and the Board rescinded its conditional offer. Eplee sued under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA), claiming that the Board's actions were improper. The MMMA says that a medical marijuana patient (with a valid registry card) cannot be subject to "penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege."

Federal Contractors and Grant Recipients: Maintaining a Drug Free Workplace

Federal Contractors and Grant Recipients: Maintaining a Drug Free Workplace

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug Free Workplace Act, which requires organizations that are awarded federal grants and contracts to establish certain procedures. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Michigan, it is a good time to review those requirements. Although marijuana is legal in Michigan, it is still illegal under federal law. When reviewing your policies and procedures think about these consideration.

Too Good to be True? Common Pitfalls in Commercial Real Estate Purchases

Too Good to be True? Common Pitfalls in Commercial Real Estate Purchases

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

For business owners, expanding or moving operations can be fraught with a variety of costs and commissions. In the interest of saving money in the short term, it may be tempting to forego hiring an attorney to advise on the transaction. But don't give in; hiring an attorney just might save you money in the long run.

Potential Eel Farm Could Threaten Great Lakes

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Ben Tigay, Esq.

The African longfin eel could be coming to Michigan. A Florida-based firm plans to establish an aquaculture project to commercially raise the African longfin eel in St. Johns, Michigan. But this project could lead to the release of dangerous pathogens or diseases into the Great Lakes.

Consider Hiring for These Skills in 2019

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

From an employer's perspective, it is important to track what skills are "trending" in the job market. A savvy employer will use the information to train and reward current employees and to screen and recruit new applicants.

Employers Aren't Allowing Marijuana Use

Brandon Grysko, Esq.

Although the law allows individuals to use marijuana recreationally, employers are not afraid to enforce their rights under the marijuana law. For example, Lansing's largest employers won't allow marijuana use. Recall that the law allows an employer to enforce its workplace drug policies. For many employers, that means zero tolerance.

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