The Michigan Minimum Wage & Overtime labor law poster has been revised to reflect the 2014 increase, effective September 1st. This is a result of the new law signed by Governor Snyder on May 27, 2014. All Michigan employers are required to post the revised notice.
Employment & Labor Law
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.
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.
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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.
A great deal of work is obviously required to adequately screen job applicants. In the course of conducting these investigations, it is important for employers to avoid additional problems by asking the wrong questions or giving out improper or inaccurate information to the applicant.
On May 27, 2014, Governor Snyder signed legislation increasing the state's minimum wage in stages to $9.25 per hour by 2018. The Michigan minimum wage labor law poster will be revised to reflect the increases, and all Michigan employers will be required to post the new version.
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.
Many employers misclassify employees as independent contractors, not understanding the huge liability this presents for their company. Take a look at the basic definitions to see if you’re classifying correctly!
Last week, the Michigan Chamber appeared before the House Commerce Committee to express its strong opposition to legislation to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history.