Employment & Labor Law

IRS Reverses Policy, Requires Individuals to Certify Individual Mandate Compliance

On Oct. 13, 2017, the IRS reversed a recent policy change in how it monitors compliance with the ACA’s individual mandate. For the upcoming 2018 filing season (filing 2017 tax returns), the IRS‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not certify whether the individual had health insurance for the year. In addition, paper returns that do not certify compliance with the individual mandate may be suspended pending receipt of additional information, and any refunds due may be delayed.

The Cost of Negligence in Hiring

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When hiring, it takes more than just checking a resume for previous job experience, education, and skills. You must also ensure that employees who are hired will not put other employees, customers, clients, or members of the general public, at risk while on the job. If an accident or incident does occur, employers are in danger of being accused of negligence in hiring practices. This legal accusation can end up being a very costly one for businesses.

Social Media Background Checks

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More and more employers are thinking about, or actually doing, checks of a job applicant’s social media sites, with or without, the applicant’s permission.

The jury is really out on all of this, and here is why:

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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.