Welcome to The Sophisticated Employer blog! We’ve designed this blog to be a place where business owners, human resource professionals and EPLI insurance providers can come to obtain news, information and analysis on the latest in labor and employment law.
As you know, this area of the law is constantly changing with the proliferation of technology, a constantly evolving regulatory environment and the blurring of lines between work and personal time. Employers need to be more careful than ever to manage risk in this key area of their business. We hope you will check in frequently or register for our push notifications to ensure that you always remain an informed employer.
Please note that this blog is not intended to provide legal advice, and the discussions contained herein should not be applied to any fact-specific situation. Always consult an attorney directly to address any specific legal questions or needs you may have.
Meet the Editors
The Sophisticated Employer blog is published by the members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and is edited by attorneys Courtney L. Nichols and Claudia D. Orr.
Courtney serves as Plunkett Cooney's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group Leader. A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Courtney counsels clients on best practices in the area of human resources and defends her clients' interests in litigation when it arises with respect to state and federal statutes, including ELCRA, FMLA, ADA and FLSA.
Claudia is one of the firm's most experienced employment law attorneys. A member of the firm's Detroit office, she works with for profit and nonprofit clients to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, and she provides counsel on a range of issues from discipline/discharge, to complex ADA/FMLA leave issues, to claims of discrimination and harassment. She is also a tenacious litigator who aggressively defends claims filed against her clients.
As editors of The Sophisticated Employer, Courtney and Claudia guide blog content development based on issue spotting, trend analysis and client feedback. Their team of bloggers is committed to providing employers with the information they need to remain ahead of the legislative and regulatory curves in today’s business environment.
- Employment Liability
- Labor Law
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Employment Discrimination
- Wage & Hour
- Employment Agreement
- Human Resources
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- OSHA Issues
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Title VII
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Unemployment Benefits
- National Labor Relations Act
- Workplace Harassment
- Sick Leave
- Regulatory Law
- Workers' Compensation
- Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA)
- Minimum Wage
- National Labor Relations Board
- Transgender Issues
- Sexual Harassment
- Whistleblower Protection Act
- Civil Rights
- Non-compete Agreements
- Social Media
- Retail Liability
- Class Actions
- Emergency Information
- Business Risk Management
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Hostile Work Environment
- Department of Education (DOE)
- Title IX
- Tax Law
- Medical Marijuana
- Right to Work
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Union Organizing & Relations
- Was the bar for Actionable Federal Discrimination Claims Just Lowered?
- Poor Drafting Leads to Poor Results for Arbitration 'Agreement'
- One, Two, Three Strikes You’re OUT… When Dealing With Attendance Rules!
- Failure To Apply Duties Test Results in Ruling Against Employer in Wage Claim Appeal
- MIOSHA Suspends May 24 Rule, Makes COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Discretionary for Non-Health Care Employers
- ‘VACC To Normal’ Means Back to the Office for Michigan Starting May 24
- Michigan Pushes to Pandemic Finish Line by Promoting Double Vaccine Benefit
- Contractual Limitations Periods and Federal Civil Rights Claims
- Remote Work Still Required Amid Covid-19 Surge in Michigan
- DOL Opinion Letter Withdrawals Continue Under Biden Administration