Employment & Labor Law

Is Your Company Covered By USERRA?

USERRA applies to any employer that either pays an individual a salary or wages to perform work or controls an individual’s employment opportunities. This broad definition includes an individual or organization to which an employer delegates the performance of any employment-related responsibilities. An entity that performs only “ministerial functions,” however, such as personnel file maintenance or, presumably, paycheck processing, is not considered an employer.

Recruiting for Top Executive Talent in Today’s Economic Environment

Companies may find that hiring executives in today’s economy is more difficult based on a lower labor participation rate combined with low unemployment. The factors support the contention that companies must increase their scope of networking techniques and further concentrate on determining the talent level of those candidates who apply. Although not difficult to identify the unemployed, the true skill is in determining if candidates are a fatality of downsizing efforts or if there are serious performance difficulties.

Preparing to Respond to Workplace Harassment

Small Michigan manufacturer pays out $50,000 to settle a harassment complaint filed with a government agency. No handbook. No training. Bad behavior. No investigation. No defense, so write the check. How often does this happen? Not often, but isn’t once still too often? What about lost productivity, the rumors, and even the bad press? The distraction from the core business? The distrust amongst those who would otherwise prefer to be teammates? These always cost more than any fine.

When bad behavior occurs, is an employer without defense? Not at all; you can be prepared.

Basic Concept of Michigan Unemployment Tax Regulations

Employers fund the “unemployment system” by paying Federal and State unemployment payroll tax. Federal tax provides the operating and administrative funds for each respective state agency. Federal guidelines set minimal benefit standards and maintain oversight of each individual state unemployment program. In each state of business, an employer maintains a separate and specific tax account. They pay monies into this account in the form of taxes. Former employees, or claimants, draw monies out of this account in the form of unemployment benefits.