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Employee rights for breastfeeding mothers

Over the last several decades, more women have chosen to enter the workforce, including those who are mothers. For some, this choice is merely to add to household wealth or continue in a profession that one loves. For others, though, the choice to work is out of financial necessity. This can be especially challenging for new mothers who may have to return to work faster than they had hoped. Yet, regardless of one's financial position, federal law provides certain protections for mothers who engage in the workforce.

One of those rights is to have a reasonable break time so that they can express breast milk. This protection lasts for up to one year after a child's birth, and the break must be given each time that a mother needs to express. In addition to providing ample time, employers are required to give a nursing mother a space where they can express milk privately. This means that the space must be out of public view and free from intrusion.

"A lifetime of Dedicated Service to the Labor Movement"

Thumbnail image for Award2.jpgAward.jpgWe are proud to announce that our founding Partner Bruce A Miller was honored June 5th 2017 at the 7th Annual Labor Leader on Labor Form for "A lifetime of Dedicated Service to the Labor Movement" Mr. Miller has dedicated his career to "Justice for Working People" We would like to thank Wayne State University Labor Studies department for honoring him with this prestigious award.

Social Security disability for hearing loss

Suffering a disabling injury or illness can be a difficult thing to cope with for an individual. He or she may be rendered unable to perform the activities he or she once loved, and even conducting day-to-day business, like grocery shopping, visiting family and going to work can become challenging, if not impossible. Additionally, these individuals can be left in a dire financial situation if they are knocked out of work. Fortunately, though, these individuals may be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, which would help offset medical expenses and lost wages.

What should I do if I think I've been wrongfully terminated?

First it's important to recognize that Michigan is an "at-will" employment state. This means that employers have the right to terminate your employment at any time for any reason. However, there are exceptions. For example, termination cannot occur for discriminatory purposes or for retaliation against an employee who filed a claim against the employer. Additionally, if you are subject to an employment contract, whether written or verbal, then there may be certain circumstances under which your employer cannot end your employment.

Bill O'Reilly fired after sexual harassment allegations

We all have rights in the workplace. We're entitled to a minimum wage, certain regulations requiring a lunch break and, in some cases, payment for overtime worked. Perhaps one of the biggest rights all workers have is the right to be free from discrimination and harassment. Discrimination can take many forms, including age, gender and race, and it can alter the path of your career if it goes unchecked. The same holds true for harassment. Many may think that such egregious actions as sexual harassment couldn't possibly occur in their line of work, but one need only look at one recent case that grabbed headlines to see just how prevalent of a problem sexual harassment can be.

6 Things to Know About the Lawsuit Miller Cohen, P.L.C. Just Filed Against the State of Michigan on Behalf of Michigan Mental Health Hospital Patients

carocenter.jpgThe Detroit News recently published an article discussing the lawsuit Miller Cohen filed against Caro Center psychiatric hospital in Tuscola County on behalf of Alan Teasel, one of roughly 600 involuntary patients at the facility. This case involves excessive mandatory overtime for the Resident Care Aides ("RCAs") at Caro Center.

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