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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Thinning Eyelashes? You’re Not Alone!

It is extremely normal for our eyelashes to thin and fall out as we age. This happens for a number of different reasons. One main reason for eyelash hair loss is due to hormonal changes which is completely normal but unfortunately can slow production and growth of eyelashes. As we age, our skin starts to get a little dryer and…

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Ask The Lawyer, DOES BOSS HAVE TO HOLD JOB OPEN?

WORKER CAN’T SAY WHEN HE’LL BE ABLE TO RETURN AFTER SURGERY, DOES BOSS HAVE TO HOLD JOB OPEN? QUESTION: One of my employees needed heart surgery several months ago, and our firm approved three weeks’ leave as paid time off, plus another nine weeks unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. There were complications after his surgery, so…

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Dear Christine, Worried in Waterford

Dear Christine, I have been with my partner for several years but for the last few years, we’ve been more like roommates. We don’t share a bedroom, we do a few things together, but mostly we do our own things. A few months ago we talked and confirmed officially that indeed we are just roommates and not “partners”. I was…

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

EMPLOYERS MUST VERIFY AN EMPLOYEE’S LEGAL RIGHT TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES QUESTION: I think one of my employees might be an undocumented alien. The papers he provided when he was hired looked OK, but his lack of English and knowledge of the country make me suspect his papers might not be good. Since I’m not sure, do I…

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Ask The Lawyer, Discrimination based on hair styles?

EMPLOYER’S DISCRIMINATORY APPEARANCE CODE MAKES WORKER’S HAIR STAND ON END QUESTION:  Our company recently announced a new “Appearance Code,” which not only limits what people can wear, but how we style our hair. Men are forbidden to wear their hair in any length more than 2”, and both women and men are banned from wearing Afros, cornrows, twists or locs.…

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Dear Christine, Seeking Peace in Southgate

Dear Christine, My partner and I love each other very much. We have been together for 35 years.  However, our skills of effective conflict resolution are very weak. Would you be able to help us get better at resolving conflicts.  Just recently I was feeling I’d have to leave her to get the peace I want to live with for…

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10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Fast

Losing just 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure, get your blood sugar back on track and make you feel better. As we get older, it gets harder to lose the weight but with a little will power, it can be done in less than a month. Cut out the bad carbs. This includes breads, pastas, potatoes, pastries, crackers, chips…

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

WORKER WANTS CLOSED CAPTIONING ON TRAINING VIDEOS, DOES EMPLOYER HAVE TO PROVIDE IT? QUESTION:    I’m a professional worker with a slight disability – I am hard of hearing. Most of the time, as I interact with people one-on-one, it is not an issue, but I have a lot of trouble with anything recorded – audio or video. My employer recently…

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Dear Christine, Patient in Petoskey

Dear Christine,  She did it again! I emailed you a couple years back about my cheating wife.  It wasn’t easy but I forgave her. That was two years ago. I appreciated your advice to decide to follow my heart and do what I needed to at the time.  I just found out she recently cheated again and now has confessed to…

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