Dear Christine, Helpless in Hamtramck

Dear Christine I met my partner on a dating website (no, not Grinder!) a couple of years ago. My boyfriend and I have been together 2.5 y and it’s been a great relationship so far. But my boyfriend has always suggested that we open our relationship to include sex with others outside of the relationship. I don’t really want to…

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

MORE ON ‘FREE’ WORK – THE EMPLOYEE WHO VOLUNTEERS QUESTION: I work for a non-profit that helps people who are victims of abuse and sexual assault. We are repeatedly told we have to keep our hours down, and overtime is not approved. Some of my work needs more time and attention to detail than I’m allowed. I’m willing to volunteer…

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Damie Oliver – Dunning Honda

I want to introduce myself, My partner Marie and I live in Windsor with our 14 year old son. We are hoping to move to Ferndale next year – our son has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for the last 2 years, and wants to go to the Academy next year (seems like a good time to move back to the…

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Time to winterize!, MI Homes by Heidi

As winter winds start to howl this season, taking a few simple precautions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and fewer homeowner insurance claims. With temps in the single digits and below, the biggest risk is water damage created by pipes that become frozen and burst. While in most cases insurance companies will cover the cost of burst…

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Ask the Lawyer, Tit for Tat?

TIT FOR TAT? WORKER’S REFUSAL TO COVER TATTOO COSTS HIM HIS JOB QUESTION: I work at a large retailer. Several weeks ago, I got a tattoo of the Virgin of Guadeloupe on my forearm. She is the patron saint of Mexico; I wanted to show my solidarity with the many Mexicans (and others) being deported. My boss told me to…

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

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT? OK, BUT EXPECT A CHALLENGE TO UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM QUESTION: Until last January, a co-worker and I were responsible for writing, editing and layout of several newsletters for different companies. In February, my co-worker, who had been heroically battling cancer, passed away. In the weeks that followed, I continued doing the work we had formerly…

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Apps to Make Saving Easier, MI Homes By Heidi

Saving for a home, retirement, a vacation or anything else can be difficult. The median retirement savings of all working-age families in the United States is $5,000, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Given that many financial advisers recommend having about $1 million in retirement, that leaves many families far short of their retirement plans. Don’t let such big goals…

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

ONE EMPLOYER, TWO LOCATIONS – DOES OVERTIME APPLY? QUESTION: I work part-time at two different medical clinics, in different towns. One of them is owned and operated by two doctors, who also own the company that manages both medical clinics – does payroll, sets hours, and pays benefits – although the doctors don’t actually own the second clinic. Between the…

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