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Ask The Lawyer, WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT THE LAWS THE PILGRIMS ENACTED ARE NOT AROUND TODAY!

Ask The Lawyer, WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT THE LAWS THE PILGRIMS ENACTED ARE NOT AROUND TODAY!

| November 16, 2018

WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT THE LAWS THE PILGRIMS ENACTED ARE NOT AROUND TODAY! QUESTION: I was watching the old movie “The Scarlet Letter,” set in the time of the Pilgrims, and wondered what were the laws like back then? ANSWER: Pilgrims, from the start, embraced a form of democratic government and recognized basic rights, […]

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

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

| November 3, 2018

WEIGHTY QUESTION: WHAT TO DO WHEN WORKER BECOMES “TOO FAT” TO PERFORM JOB? QUESTION: I run a cleaning service in the Detroit metro area. One of my workers, “Mary”, began to put on weight a couple of years ago; my guess is she has gained at least 100 lbs. She is now morbidly obese. I’m […]

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Ask The Lawyer, MAY I SMOKE POT AT WORK IF MARIHUANA IS LEGALIZED?

Ask The Lawyer, MAY I SMOKE POT AT WORK IF MARIHUANA IS LEGALIZED?

| July 23, 2018

MAY I SMOKE POT AT WORK IF MARIHUANA IS LEGALIZED? QUESTION: If the ballot proposal to legalize marihuana passes in November, will I be able to smoke pot on my break at work? ANSWER: No – unless your employer is OK with pot use at work, which is highly unlikely. The ballot initiative, which would […]

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Ask the Lawyer, “New Agency Ruling Expands LGBT Employment Rights – But for How Long?

Ask the Lawyer, “New Agency Ruling Expands LGBT Employment Rights – But for How Long?

| May 29, 2018

For decades, members of Michigan’s LGBT community have had no protection against discrimination in the workplace. A skilled employee who is gay, lesbian, transgendered or bisexual can be fired, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against for that reason alone. That may be changing. On May 21, 2018 Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights announced it would accept […]

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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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