Although the recent lame duck Michigan legislature failed to add gender identity protections to Michigan law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has prohibited discrimination since 2012 against transgender people. “Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes people who are transsexual, or otherwise gender non-conforming. Not all people who consider themselves (or who may be considered by others as) transgender will undergo a gender transition.
According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project, as of January 2014, 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 42 percent own a tablet computer. Time spent on mobile devices by the average American consumer currently hovers around 2 hours and 42 minutes per day. For many, much of that time is undoubtedly spent checking and responding to work-related emails. Do employers need to pay employees for time spent after hours reviewing and responding to work-related emails?
If your workers receive vacation pay, holiday pay or bonus pay, we are happy to inform you that the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) now has a process in place to automate the determination of these types of payments.
High-level corporate professionals are all too often exposed for lying on their resumes.
Usually, these lies and misrepresentations relate to falsified educational or professional accomplishments. For example, a person may claim a Master’s degree in a certain field, but it is discovered they didn’t earn it or obtained one from a phony mail order school. Or, perhaps the person claims to have been a VP of Sales for ten years, but it turns out it was a basic sales position that lasted only three years.
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:
To you, their salaries are just a line item in the budget. To your employees, they're much more. Your employees are your business, so ignore the following truths at your peril:
Same-sex issues and benefits are among the hottest topics in the employment area - with good reason. Employers are faced with an increasing amount of government oversight, investigation and frequent, sometimes, daily changes in what is required, what is optional, and what is prohibited. The consequences of these issues often go beyond just legal compliance, although that is a very important aspect.
If you hire temporary workers for the holiday season (full- or part-time), be sure to complete background checks as if they were applying for permanent positions. After all, even someone working three hours a day can cause irreparable damage to your business through theft, drug sales, workplace violence, harassment, etc. Certainly, you deserve to know if even a part-time worker with limited hours poses a threat to your business.
Michigan business entities, as well as individuals, may have significant known and unknown liability for use tax on purchases subject to the sales tax, but where payment of the sales tax cannot be proven. This is due to the Andrie Michigan Supreme Court use tax decision.
An employee handbook too often becomes a dusty tool that is relegated to a remote shelf. In fact, it is a vital communication channel for your employees. It’s best to realize that before you are sitting in your attorney’s office, trying to prepare a defense to a suit or claim and wishing that you had included or excluded statements in your employee handbook.