Employment & Labor Law

Hiring Nightmare

Guidelines Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Employees

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An individual’s transgendered status is not yet a “protected characteristic” like race, national origin, or religion under federal or Michigan law. However, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, courts, and commentators are increasingly concluding that transgendered individuals are entitled to expansive legal protection. That has resulted in more companies taking a proactive approach and instituting formal policies for transgender employees.

Profanity from Employees: Surprise, Sometimes Allowed

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In an era when it seems that anything goes, can an employee get away with using obscenities against his or her boss? What if the employer learns of an employee’s Facebook post attacking a supervisor, announcing, “Bob is such a nasty *&%# - don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!  *&%# his mother and his entire *&%# family!!!!  What a LOSER!!!!”

A Background Check BEFORE or AFTER you Make a Job Offer?

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Many clients who are putting together their first background screening program ask us the same questions:

Basics of Job Applications, Interviewing & Background Checks

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Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and possibly making some necessary adjustments.

Guidelines for Avoiding Workplace Violence

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Workplace violence is increasing. In society there are many stresses. Our current work/economic environment is certainly stressful as employers attempt to remain viable. 

Michigan Labor Law Poster Changes

The state of Michigan just released an update to the Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination poster, which must be posted for your employees.

These are the two most recent updates to Michigan labor law. There are 18 total required employment notices that Michigan businesses with at least one employee must post.

Background Checks for Current Employees

When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:

Social Media: Employee Hiring & Recruiting

Hiring Commercial Drivers

There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers. For the vast majority of workers in the country, however, a background check is done not because it is required by law, but because the employer feels it is a wise policy. That is smart.