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Photo of The Sophisticated Employer Blog Claudia D. Orr
Senior Attorney
corr@plunkettcooney.com
(313) 983-4863
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Coordinating a CBA Grievance and EEOC Charge

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Federal appellate court rules that holding a union grievance in abeyance during EEOC charge is unlawful retaliation. Continue Reading ›

To Pay or Not to Pay Union Dues? That is the Question Under Right To Work

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Appellate court addresses union dues in two noteworthy cases related to Michigan’s right to work law. Continue Reading ›

DOL’s Overtime Rule Declared Unlawful

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Texas court strikes down Obama-era overtime rule that more than doubled the threshold salary for exempt employees. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Department of Labor (DOL), Wage & Hour

EEOC (and Pregnant Worker) vs National Restaurant Chain

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Scheduling changes based on employer’s legitimate staffing concerns during upcoming leave of absence violated federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Continue Reading ›

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

Should Employers Exempt Medical Marijuana From Their Drug Testing Policies?

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Employers in some states are finding they can’t fire employees who test positive for marijuana. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Cannabis, Employment Liability, Medical Marijuana

I-9 Form Revised… Again!

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There is another new I-9 form that must be used by employers to verify eligibility. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability, Labor Law

Dropping The F-Bomb Protected Concerted Activity Under Federal Labor Law

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Court rules employer infringed on employee’s right to “protected concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act when it fired him for dropping the F-bomb. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Labor Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board

Employer Self-inflicts Wounds by 'Shaving Time'

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After nine years of class action litigation and appeals, employer’s time shaving policy will cost millions in legal fees, plus an adverse jury verdict. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Human Resources, Wage & Hour

Michigan Court of Appeals Decides Transgender Case

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Employers can learn valuable lessons from a recent ruling by Michigan appellate court involving a plaintiff’s complaint concerning a transgender woman’s use of a women’s locker room. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Employment Liability

What’s up at the DOL? Pulling Guidance, Changing Standards

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Recent guidance from Department of Labor under Trump administration finally provides some good news for employers. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Liability
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