Human Resources

Disciplining Employees for Off-Duty Conduct

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Stories of employee off-duty conduct seem to surface every week. Last month, a marketing executive was photographed making an obscene gesture toward a presidential motorcade. The photo quickly went viral on social media and other outlets. After she identified herself and posted a copy of the photo, she was fired, with her employer citing its social media policy. In August, participants in the neo-Nazi white supremacist rally were quickly identified in photos that circulated online, and their employers were confronted with calls for the employees’ termination.

Red Flags: What to Look for in an Interview

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Beyond basic “never dos” like showing up late and/or inebriated, wearing flip-flops, or not knowing anything about the organization or position, there are other ways candidates can derail their chances of advancing further.

Interviewers need to be aware of warning signs; spotting them quickly can prevent possible problems later.

These can include:

Michigan Minimum Wage Set to Increase in January

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate will increase from $8.90 to $9.25. This new change to state law marks the end of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage.

The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014 (Act 138) took effect on May 27, 2014, replacing the Michigan Minimum Wage and Overtime Act (Act 154). Act 138 applies to employers in Michigan that have two or more employees age 16 and older.  

Chamber Supported Bills to Reform Unemployment Agency, Address UI Identity Theft, Clear House

Last week, the Michigan House unanimously passed a seven-bill package supported by the Michigan Chamber to address key issues facing Michigan’s 100-percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) program.  While the legislation has many components, it works to address the critical issues that have been plaguing the UI system in recent years, including UI identity theft, or so-called imposter claims. 

Legislation Introduced to Clean Up Unemployment Insurance Processes at Urging of MI Chamber

For years, the unemployment insurance agency (UIA) has been plagued with problems. From wrongly accusing over 40,000 individuals of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud to the growing problem of identity theft claims to a compromise of their database this past winter, no one can deny the UIA is facing many challenges and needs to clean up its act. 

Full-Service vs. DIY Background Check Programs

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The shark species, as we know them, have been around for about 400 million years; they were dwelling the oceans when dinosaurs were roaming the land. Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is a saying: “We provoke a shark every time we get in the water where sharks happen to be. The ocean is not our territory – it is theirs.”

Is a Service Dog a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA?

Accommodating employees with disabilities presents a number of challenges, but those associated with mental health disabilities can be particularly difficult. This is illustrated by a recent case from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Arndt v. Ford Motor Co., in which the court held that employers may need to accommodate employee requests for accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to have a service dog in the workplace.