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Labor & Employment Law News

April 13, 2021

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation of Religious Beliefs

Karl W. Butterer

Whenever there is a change in federal administrations, employers must be aware of how various employment laws, rules and regulations will ​change.

One hot topic in employment law, which has seen significant change in recent years, is religious discrimination and accommodation of religious beliefs in the workplace...

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   Karl Butterer

Karl W. Butterer

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   COBRA Health Insurance Form   

Employers Now Required to Fully Subsidize COBRA Coverage

Amanda J. Dernovshek, Julie L. Hamlet
and Mindi M. Johnson

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), enacted on March 11, 2021, requires employers to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for certain individuals during the period beginning on April 1, 2021 and ending on September 30, 2021 (the “Subsidy Period”).

This article provides an overview of the COBRA subsidy provisions under the ARPA...

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What Happens If MIOSHA Shows Up?

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is closely monitoring all employers to ensure all have their appropriate notices and safety mechanisms in place.

During an episode of the 2nd Wednesday Morning Break, moderator Patricia Scott interviewed labor & employment law attorney, Cliff Hammond, on a number of topics related to:

  • employers' obligations under MIOSHA’s rules,
  • what MIOSHA is looking for,
    • how to respond,
    • employee rights,
    • how to prepare,
    • and what your rights are if you are subject to a MIOSHA inspection or investigation.

See more in the video below...

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   Cliff Hammond

Cliff L. Hammond

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   Warehouse Workers with Masks   

An Eye on the Future of COVID and the Workplace

Karl W. Butterer

Governor Whitmer issued Michigan’s first COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order over a year ago on March 23, 2020. 

The pandemic is not over, but in the spirit of hope, let’s review some recent and potential upcoming developments in employment law as we escape the grip of COVID...

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Weekly TV Show Launches to Help Businesses Navigate the Pandemic

Expert Connexions

One year since COVID-19 restrictions forced many businesses in Michigan to close their doors, some permanently, it has become more important than ever to make sure businesses have access to the resources they need.

Expert Connexions is a new TV show that features guest speakers in the legal, marketing, sales, and leadership fields, aimed at helping people navigate the changes to business brought on by the pandemic.  

Among the specialists featured each week on Expert Connexions, Foster Swift attorneys will address topics that include how to adjust business operations during the pandemic, what you need to know about changes in employment law, how to protect your intellectual property, and more in the Legal Connexions segment of the show...

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