Employment & Labor Law

How an Unemployment Hearing is Conducted

The Administrative Law Judge sits at a desk, and the parties, their witnesses and representatives sit at a table usually set up in front of the Administrative Law Judge’s desk. The Administrative Law Judge will direct the parties and witnesses where to sit. The Administrative Law Judge begins by introducing him or herself by name, and makes sure he or she has the names of all the parties, witnesses, representatives, and attorneys. Hearings are tape recorded.

Three Keys to Conducting Effective Performance Reviews

Ongoing communication with employees is a cornerstone of peak performance, but it often falls short when put into practice. Performance reviews provide necessary feedback to staff, but are only effective if done properly, which means:

  • the reviews must be consistently administered;
  • the measured performance objectives must be job-related;
  • and the feedback given must be honest and specific.

To help your evaluations rise to the occasion, focus on these three things:

Employers Can Modify or Eliminate Union Retiree Health Benefits

In a significant win for employers, the United States Supreme Court recently invalidated a judicial inference that union retiree health insurance benefits are vested for life in the absence of specific language to the contrary. The Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, issued on January 26, 2015, gives employers more freedom to alter, reduce, or eliminate retiree insurance benefits for employees who were represented by a union before they retired.  

Check Your Release Authorization Now!

Federal law requires that the release/authorization an applicant signs to permit background checks must be on its own separate page…not a few sentences at the bottom of a job application.

Also, there cannot be any indemnification or hold harmless statements on the release/authorization. You can have those statements on a separate document, but they cannot appear on the release/authorization in any way.

Medical Marihuana: Implications to Workplace Drug Policies and Testing

Many Michigan employers, unbeknownst to them, employ individuals with medical marihuana cards in their purse or wallet. And while Michigan’s medical marihuana law prohibits the use of marihuana at work or an employee working while under its influence, many Michigan employers have not defined for employees how medical marihuana use relates to the application of its workplace drug policies and testing procedures.