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COVID-19: Michigan Executive Orders Update Workplace Safeguards

Business Law COVID-19 Employment Law

Effective July 31, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 modifying the Safe Start Order and implementing new workplace safeguards on Michigan businesses. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people.  Like the previous orders, employers […]

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Michigan Works Share Plans Allow Expanded Unemployment Compensation for Employees

Business Law COVID-19 Employment Law

As a part of Michigan’s COVID-19 relief, Governor Whitmer expanded the reach of federal unemployment benefits to Michigan Work Share Plan participants under Executive Order 2020-57.  Work Share Plans allow Michigan employers to normally reduce employee hours and compensation by […]

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Trademarks and How Applications are Affected by COVID-19

Business Law Trademark

A Federal Trademark is a powerful thing. Trademarking a phrase or logo allows you or your business to prevent others from copying what makes you unique. Think of Nike. Everyone immediately recognizes a Nike product by the “Nike swoosh logo.” […]

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Employment Law Update: Developing a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Business Law COVID-19 Employment Law

Michigan’s stay at home order requires open in-person businesses to prepare a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.  Although the plan is currently required for COVID-19 any plan would also be useful for any future infectious disease preparedness. Any plan should […]

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Business Law Update: Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order to Reopen Construction and Real Estate Industries on May 7th

Business Law COVID-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order on Friday, May 1st allowing the construction and real estate industries to go back to work starting at 12:01 am on Thursday, May 7th.  Allowed activities include: Construction industry, including contractors such as […]

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Small Business Exclusion under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Business Law COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which among other things will provide mandatory emergency FMLA leave and sick leave, is effective April 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020.  Employers must post a notice about leave entitlements in a conspicuous […]

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