Posts from December 2015.

Starting January 1st of 2016 (right around the corner) Michigan’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 per hour to $8.50 per hour with a corresponding revision to the mandatory minimum wage poster. Keep in mind that this is only the first of multiple scheduled minimum wage increases which will take place over the next few years as required under Michigan’s Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. In 2017 the minimum wage will increase to $8.90 per hour and then to $9.25 per hour in 2018. Starting in 2019, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually to reflect inflation.

The attorneys and staff of Nemeth Law pack up their office and head to a favorite Detroit restaurant where they toast the holiday season – and wish all the best to clients and friends of the firm in 2016!

Holiday office parties are meant to celebrate tidings and good cheer, but as the saying goes, “too much of anything is never a good thing.” With the possibility of employees over indulging and unwanted advances being made, an event meant to enhance workplace morale can quickly lead to legal troubles. Nemeth Law offers employers suggestions on how to host a party that employees will enjoy and appreciate while avoiding unhappy outcomes. Hint: nix the mistletoe!

A recent joint-study conducted by Rutgers and Syracuse University has made headlines with its conclusion that some employers may express less interest in candidates who openly disclose a disability in a cover letter responding to a job opening. The researchers sent out over 6,000 fake resumes and cover letters responding to job openings across the country, and found that employers were 26% less likely to contact candidates who disclosed a disability. Employers should take note of this study and use it as an opportunity to ensure their hiring processes are compliant with state and federal disability non-discrimination laws.

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