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Photo of The Sophisticated Employer Blog Claudia D. Orr
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corr@plunkettcooney.com
(313) 983-4863
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Commission v Bonus: What’s the Difference Under Michigan law?

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Structuring commissions as bonuses could help employers save significant costs under Michigan’s Sales Representative Act. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Wage & Hour

The Trend in the Law is 'Don't Ask…'

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The list of questions employers can’t ask applicants continues to grow! Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Appellate Court's LGBT Ruling Sets Stage for Supreme Court Review

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Federal appellate court's ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation sets stage for showdown in U.S. Supreme Court. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII

DOL’S Fiduciary Duty Rule May Take Effect April 10... or NOT

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Presidential directive to Department of Labor could impact retirement plans offered by employers. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Department of Labor (DOL), ERISA, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Appellate Court ‘Labors’ Over Collective Bargaining, Right to Work Rulings

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Recent labor law cases involving collective bargaining and right to work issues have implications even for non-union employers. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Labor Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board, Right to Work

Employer’s Well-Played Pre-Termination Strategy Results in Favorable Ruling

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Employee fails to establish her intentional infliction of emotional distress tort and whistleblower claims because employer had a solid strategy.  Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Whistleblower Protection Act

A Fibber and Two Dismissals

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Appellate court ruling underscores the value of a good employment application. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Retaliation, Workplace Harassment

Same-Actor Defense Panned by Appellate Court in Direct Evidence of Stereotyping Case

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Appellate court reverses lower court ruling based on same-actor defense in employment case involving direct evidence of discrimination. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Discrimination, Employment Liability

Michigan's Increased Minimum Wage Rate Takes Effect

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Michigan minimum wage employees get boost in pay beginning on Jan. 1. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Minimum Wage, Wage & Hour

Are You Prepared for the New FLSA Regulations?

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Employers are almost out of time to comply with the new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations set to take effect on Dec. 1. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Human Resources
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