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Ask The Lawyer, Is Cancer a Disability?

Ask The Lawyer, Is Cancer a Disability?

| March 26, 2018

IS CANCER A DISABILITY? QUESTION: I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. My employer seemed sympathetic and told me I should schedule leave when I need it, but last week I was laid off. I was told the company was restructuring, and my position was being eliminated. I think I was laid off because […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq

| March 12, 2018

CANCER AWARENESS PIN VICTIM OF OVERLY BROAD DRESS CODE QUESTION: The company I work has a dress code that prohibits wearing any kind of “message” clothing when dealing with the public. I wore a little pin on my lapel for Cancer Awareness, and my boss told me to take it off or go home. Isn’t […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| February 4, 2018

TO BE A TRUSTEE OR NOT TO BE? ANSWER DEPENDS ON TRUST – AND YOU QUESTION: My father, a retired French professor, wants to set up a trust that will pay for each of his 21 grandchildren (now ages 2 to 23) to spend a semester in Paris when they are of college age (or […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| January 28, 2018

MAY RACIST RESIDENT INSIST ON HAVING WHITE CAREGIVER? QUESTION: I own a residential facility for severely handicapped adults. One of our residents will only accept care from white, non-Hispanic caregivers. Most of our staff is black or Latino; trying to schedule our two white caregivers to meet this resident’s schedule is a nightmare, and it […]

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Ask the Lawyer, By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer, By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| January 2, 2018

HUSH-HUSH FIRM’S SECURITY NEEDS MAY CONFLICT WITH EMPLOYEES’ RIGHTS UNDER NLRA QUESTION: I am vice president of a small company that does some highly sensitive and confidential work for a government department. In order to make it more difficult for outside agencies or agents of other nations to access/identify our employees, we have a policy […]

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By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| December 18, 2017

WHAT SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION? WORKER ON LEAVE LOOKS VERY HEALTHY IN FB POST QUESTION: One of my employees has been out on FMLA leave for several weeks due to an injury to her hip that, she said, made it impossibly painful to work. A couple of days ago, some Facebook posts of this worker came […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| December 11, 2017

CAUTION: WAGE HIKE AHEAD! QUESTION: I run a company, with a pretty small profit margin. I pay my worker’s minimum wage; the amount I spend on wages just keeps rising. I heard the minimum wage is going to go up again pretty soon. When is that going to happen, and how much will it be? […]

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| November 27, 2017

EMPLOYER VIOLATES EMPLOYEE RIGHTS WHEN IT BARS SALARY DISCUSSIONS QUESTION: My friend and I both work at the same company. We learned by accident that one of our co-workers, who does the same work we do, is earning almost $10,000 more per year. He’s a man; we’re women. Anyway, we started asking other people if […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| November 19, 2017

HOW MUCH OF THEIR RECORD DO FORMER EMPLOYEES HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW? QUESTION: A former employee wrote to my office asking for her personnel file under something called the Bullard-Plawecki Right-to-Know Act. Her file is huge. Do I have to send it to her? ANSWER: The Bullard-Plawecki Right-to-Know Act is Michigan’s employment equivalent to […]

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Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| November 6, 2017

PRAYER MEETINGS AT WORK? NOT A GOOD IDEA QUESTION: I work at a small design firm. About six months ago, the project manager began ending our meetings with a short prayer, which has expanded into a fairly lengthy prayer, asking for God’s blessing on our work, and ending with an invocation to Jesus Christ. I […]

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