Wages have grown over the past few years at rates similar to historical trends. The frequently repeated claim that wages are “stagnant” is at odds with six measures of wages and compensation, which indicate that hourly and weekly real wages (wages adjusted for price inflation) have grown between 1 percent and 2 percent per year since the beginning of 2013. Rather than engaging in fruitless attempts to raise wages directly, policymakers can benefit workers by removing laws and regulations that have artificially increased the prices of consumer goods.
Non-compete agreements come in all shapes and sizes, and the reasons why an employer may want to consider non-competes is equally diverse.
The bottom line is that a carefully crafted non-compete agreement can provide employers with a useful tool to protect its competitive position in the market place, especially in an increasingly mobile age where employees are more willing to test the barriers of non-compete agreements.
Michigan courts recognize and enforce non-competes, provided they are:
At our offices we are always amazed when we get a new client who tells us they have never done any background checks. Certainly, we value their business and trust in us, but we know that any business is at risk when they are clueless regarding the people they are employing.
What will background checks do for you?
Hiring can be a costly venture for most employers. The studies on costs of employee turnover are very broad and what makes it so hard to predict are the many intangible and often untracked costs. In general, turnover costs vary by wage and role of the employee. Here are some average costs of replacing an employee:
Not knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules can cost you more money in addition to back pay. This is a lesson learned the hard way by the employer in Souryavong v. Lackawanna County, 2016 BL 26447 (MD PA 2016).
True or False: Human resource employees sit in their office and drink coffee/soda tracking their NCAA brackets all day, since their job is simple in an at-will employment state?
True or False: Since Michigan is an “at-will” employment state, whenever you terminate an employee, just tell the employee that he/she is “at-will” and all your potential legal issues magically disappear.
Hopefully you answered “false” to both questions, because otherwise it becomes a very expensive proposition for you and your organization.
Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state
MLive columnist Rick Haglund is skeptical about the state’s choices of favored industries, noting that much of the Michigan Business Development Program subsidies go to manufacturers. “[D]eluded by the recent resurgence of manufacturing jobs, state policymakers are doubling down on promoting Michigan as a state that makes things,” he writes.
However, everyone should be skeptical of the idea that the state can lead economic growth at all.
On June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court opined that certain portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - the act barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages - were unconstitutional. Consequently, same sex couples with a valid state marriage license are generally considered spouses under the new law.
There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks. On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background checks in compliance with federal and local laws.
Here are 3 very important items to keep in mind:
Imagine you are the Human Resources Manager at one of the “Top 100 Best Workplaces” in the state and that your company has a state of the art anti-harassment / anti-discrimination policy. You train all your employees about this policy every year demanding that employees treat each other with dignity and respect and have worked very hard to create a work environment where all employees know about, understand and believe that the company is sincere about providing a harassment/discrimination free workplace.