Overtime Rule Uncertainty: How Michigan Employers Can Cope

For months, Michigan employers have been preparing for sweeping changes announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this year regarding how overtime pay is calculated for exempt workers. They were likely all set for the rules to take effect December 1 when a Texas federal judge issued an injunction blocking them from coming […]

Estate Planning Post-Obergefell: Advice for All Michigan Couples

There’s no doubt that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all U.S. states and territories was a huge step forward for equality. Thanks to Obergefell, all married couples in the United States now have the same rights and protections under the law, regardless of gender. This has had broad implications […]

Lessons for Employers from Wells Fargo Cross-Selling Scandal

In September, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $190 million to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, California prosecutors, and customers in the wake of revelations employees created fake accounts to meet aggressive cross-selling targets set by the bank. On the heels of the settlement, Wells Fargo announced it had terminated more than 5,000 employees over […]

Why Franchisors Should be Wary of DOL-Subway Deal

While it was hailed as a “recipe for success,” the U.S. Department of Labor’s new alliance with Subway to improve its franchisees’ wage-and-hour compliance might be a recipe for disaster for other franchisors. For many, it raises fears of a slippery slope leading to them being considered joint employers and liable for the failure of […]

IRS Gives Formal Recognition to Same-Sex Marriages

In the wake of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has now formally recognized same-sex marriages that are legally performed in all American states, territories, and possessions. The guidelines, issued September 1st, also redefine the meaning of “spouse” in the eyes of the IRS for federal tax purposes. Going […]