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

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

| June 26, 2017

WHO’S THE BOSS? LIABILITY AS JOINT EMPLOYER? QUESTION: I was hired by a staffing agency to work on a year-long project for a company doing work on a federal contract. I work full-time on the federal contractor’s site, using their equipment, and am supervised by a manager for the federal contractor. My employer, the federal […]

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

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

| June 19, 2017

CUSTOMERS WALK OUT WITHOUT PAYING; CAN EMPLOYEE GET STUCK WITH THE BILL? QUESTION: I work at a restaurant. Last week, we had a large group (10 people) in for lunch, a busy time. They asked for one check. When I presented it to them, they asked for individual checks instead. While I was in back […]

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

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

| June 12, 2017

CHECK RULES ON INTERNS BEFORE ACCEPTING OFFER TO ‘WORK FOR FREE’ QUESTION: My neighbor’s daughter asked if she could work at my company, for free, as an intern this summer to gain experience to put on her resume. I’d like to take her up on the offer, but don’t know if it’s legal to ask […]

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

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

| June 4, 2017

REDUCED YOUR WORKFORCE? YOU MAY STILL BE A COVERED EMPLOYER UNDER FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE ACT QUESTION: I recently downsized, and cut staff at one of two businesses I own. I used to have a total of 52 employees; now I have 45. One of my staff put in for six weeks of FMLA leave […]

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

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

| May 30, 2017

NEED FMLA TO BOND WITH NEW BABY? ONE AT A TIME, PLEASE! QUESTION: My wife and I are expecting our first child in a few weeks. We both work for the same company. We put in for 12 weeks of leave, each, under the FMLA so we can spend time together bonding with our baby. […]

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

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

| May 22, 2017

NEW OVERTIME RULES MAY BE DOA; NO RAISES FOR SALARIED WORKERS LIKELY QUESTION: I heard a lot of noise last year about some managers being reclassified as hourly workers, but then nothing happened. What’s going on? ANSWER: Revisions to Department of Labor regulations that would have strengthened overtime protections for “managerial” workers were supposed to […]

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

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

| May 15, 2017

HOW DO I KEEP MY PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE DURING CO-WORKER’S LAWSUIT? QUESTION: A former co-worker is suing my employer for employment discrimination. Her lawyer asked the company to turn over personnel files for several employees, including me, and she’s listed several of us as witnesses. A friend told me that anyone can look at information […]

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

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

| May 8, 2017

EMPLOYER’S DIVERSITY POLICY AT ODDS WITH EMPLOYEES’ VIEWS QUESTION: My company recently implemented a “diversity policy” which requires employees to “recognize the value of diversity and to respect the beliefs and practices” of co-workers. People who violate the policy can be terminated. One of our employees has made several comments disparaging a white co-worker, married […]

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

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

| May 1, 2017

SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF WORK RULES COULD LEAD TO A LAWSUIT QUESTION: We recently hired a new employee, and she’s not working out – she rubs people the wrong way. I’m ready to let her go. Her manager noticed she’s on-line a lot at lunch, sending e-mails and shopping. Use of the internet for personal business […]

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

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

| April 24, 2017

LAID OFF FROM PART-TIME WORK? YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS FROM THE MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCY QUESTION:  Do you have to work full-time to get unemployment? I worked part-time, 25 hours per week, and was laid off after working for almost three years. Can I get unemployment? ANSWER:     Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) isn’t as […]

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