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Tag: Troy Lawyer

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

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

| September 24, 2018

NO WAY OUT? BOSS THREATENS TO SUE WORKER IF HE LEAVES FOR BETTER JOB QUESTION: I work as an aide at a home health agency. I haven’t had a raise in two years, so I started looking around for another job. I was offered a similar position at a different agency a couple of weeks […]

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

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

| September 17, 2018

SOMEONE HAS TO GO – OK TO LAYOFF WORKER WHO RECEIVES SOCIAL SECURITY AND WON’T FEEL THE PAIN AS MUCH?! QUESTION: Our sales were way down last year, so we have to lay off a couple of workers. It’s a really hard decision. One of our long-term employees started receiving social security retirement benefits a […]

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

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

| August 26, 2018

WE CREATED A TRUST, BUT WE’RE STILL PAYING FOR PROBATE – WHY? QUESTION: My parents wanted to put all their assets in a trust for me and my siblings, so that when they passed, the property would not have to go through probate. My father had suffered a major heart attack and – understandably – […]

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

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

| June 11, 2018

CAN I GET UNEMPLOYMENTIF I WAS ‘TERMINATED’? QUESTION: My husband had a heart attack and had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery. He will be unable to work for at least nine weeks – and probably more. When he told his employer he needed time off, they said they couldn’t afford to give him leave, and […]

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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.

| September 3, 2017

IF EMPLOYEES WORK AN AVERAGE OF 40 HOURS A WEEK OVER A TWO WEEK PERIOD, DO I NEED TO PAY OVERTIME? QUESTION: Workers at my company have the option of earning every other Friday off by working 44 hours one week, and 36 hours the next, with paid overtime for hours over 80 in the […]

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

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

| August 14, 2017

OUR VICE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO TAKE TIME OFF FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION, BUT WE CAN’T MANAGE WITHOUT HER! QUESTION: Our VP of Marketing/Communications recently requested leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for medical treatment. She requested the full 12 weeks. She’s eligible for the leave, but the company really can’t manage without […]

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

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

| February 6, 2017

PLUS SIZED? MICHIGAN LAW PROTECTS EMPLOYEES WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT QUESTION: I work as a waitress at a sports bar. About a year ago, I started taking a prescription medication for a respiratory disorder, and began to gain weight. Over a six month period, I put on about 20 pounds. The weight gain slowed down, but […]

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

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

| November 7, 2016

DO EMPLOYERS HAVE TO PAY WORKERS FOR UNAUTHORIZED OVERTIME? QUESTION:  We had a big project recently, and one of our decided to stay late, working overtime without prior approval, in order to finish up (he was going on vacation the next week). Our company policy is that overtime has to be authorized, or it won’t […]

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ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

| October 22, 2016

Remember to vote — but, if you work in Michigan, do it on your own time. QUESTION:  I have a class in the evening on November 8 – Election Day – which makes it hard for me to vote after work. If I go vote during the workday, does my employer have to pay me […]

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