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Tag: Employment law

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

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

| June 25, 2018

GETTING SO MUCH BETTER (ALL THE TIME)? TELL YOUR BOSS! QUESTION: I had hip replacement surgery, and my doctor wrote me a prescription for 12 weeks of Family and Medical leave. After seven weeks, I was feeling pretty good, my hip wasn’t bugging me at all. Since work gave me 12 weeks off, I’m planning […]

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

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

| June 18, 2018

LABOR SHORTAGE MAY BENEFIT OLDER WORKERS LOOKING FOR A JOB QUESTION: I own an air conditioning installation and repair business. In the last couple of months, two of my workers retired – and I can’t find anyone to replace them. My youngest employee is 45; I’m not sure how long I can stay in business […]

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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 By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

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

| May 21, 2018

SPANKING IS NOT OK IN PUBLIC SCHOOL QUESTION: My 5-year-old son told me his teacher spanked him! When I contacted the teacher, he told me that spanking in school is allowed under a U.S. Supreme Court Decision. That cannot be right. ANSWER: It’s only halfway right. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ingraham […]

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

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

| April 30, 2018

ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq. Attorney and Counselor at Law GWINN LEGAL PLLC 901 Wilshire Drive, Suite 550 Troy, MI 48084 (248) 247-3300 (248) 247-3310 facsimile daniel@gwinnlegal.com| www.gwinnlegal.com WILLING TO WORK FOR FREE? NEW RULES FOR UNPAID INTERNS LET INTERNS DO MORE WORK QUESTION: Our high school daughter, 17, would like to […]

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

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

| April 16, 2018

CASH OR CREDIT, DAYCARE PROVIDER NEEDS LICENSE QUESTION: A friend told me that it’s OK to run a child care business in your home, without a license, if you only accept cash payment. She said the license is only needed if you work with families that get assistance from the state. This does not sound […]

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

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

| April 9, 2018

SALARY HISTORY A NO-NO IN JOB INTERVIEW? QUESTION: One of my co-workers says it’s illegal to ask about a job applicant’s salary at their last job. I say there’s no law against it. There’s $20 riding on your answer. Who’s right? ANSWER: Technically, you both are. There is no law in Michigan against asking a […]

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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 18, 2018

QUESTION: An employee filed a complaint with our Payroll Department, stating his hours had been incorrectly calculated. We decided to investigate his claim and I met with him. I told him he should not discuss any information related to the investigation until it’s over. This is our policy; it’s in the Employee Handbook. He told […]

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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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