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Sick leave benefits cut by legislature

Late last month, the Michigan Senate voted to amend paid sick and minimum wage laws that were adopted in September This proposed change to a new employment law that did not take effect would exempt over 160,000 small businesses in the state from providing paid sick leave to their workers.

Opponents of these amendments argue that it would effectively take away paid sick leave guarantees from 55 percent of workers in Michigan. The Senate adopted the amendments to keep the law off the ballot and make it easier to change. The House was expected to quickly vote on these amendments.

Tips for Avoiding Child Custody Disputes During the Holidays

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Most parents want to spend the holidays with their children. But when a couple divorces, the holidays are split between the two new households. Custody disputes have the potential to ruin the seasonal spirit of joy for both you and your children. Here are some potential holiday child custody disputes to plan for, as well as some tips on how to avoid them:

After the Passage of Proposal 1: Employers Can Still Fire Employees for Recreational Use of Marijuana

Legalization Map.pngMichigan voters recently voted to pass Proposal 1, a proposal to legalize the recreational use and possession of marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older. Although the proposal passed, as of November 2018, the results have not yet been certified and marijuana remains prohibited under state law. Once it becomes legal, it will still take some time before sales licensed by the state will begin.

Improving Social Security disability eligibility

Americans pay FICA taxes over the life of their careers and have the right to file Social Security disability claims when they cannot work because of a disabling condition. But, eligibility for Social Security Disability is strict, and claimants need to take several steps to increase the chances of meeting government requirements.

Miller Cohen Welcomes NLRB Attorney Judith A. Champa

Miller Cohen, PLC is proud to welcome Judith Champa to its team of dedicated lawyers striving to protect working people. 

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Judy gained extensive experience in matters of labor and employment law working at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Detroit, where she handled union representation matters and investigated and litigated numerous charges of unfair labor practices. Judy also spent time at the NLRB's headquarters in Washington, D.C. through the Agency's professional exchange program.

Miller Cohen Welcomes NLRB Attorney Judith A. Champa

Miller Cohen, PLC is proud to welcome Judith Champa to its team of dedicated lawyers striving to protect working people. 

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Judy gained extensive experience in matters of labor and employment law working at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Detroit, where she handled union representation matters and investigated and litigated numerous charges of unfair labor practices. Judy also spent time at the NLRB's headquarters in Washington, D.C. through the Agency's professional exchange program.

Understanding Social Security Disability

Workers in this country who are in their 20s have a 30 percent chance of having a disabling condition that would keep them from working for at least three months but, like most Americans, do not have disability insurance. Social Security Disability can provide needed financial support in some cases of long-term disability. There are several things to understand about this program.

Over two-thirds of women have been sexually harassed

According to a study that was recently conducted, over two-thirds of women have reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment directed against them.

The study found that 77 percent of the women who responded reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment. Over 1 in 3 men, 34 percent, also reported harassment.

Can I get workers compensation and Social Security Disability?

It is a sad reality that even in the safest workplaces, employees in the Detroit still get hurt and at times get injured very seriously. When this happens, as other posts on this blog have mentioned, an employee may be able to get compensation through Michigan's workers' compensation program.

However, these benefits may not pay for everything and they also may not last forever. As such, someone who has been permanently injured in a work-related accident may need additional financial support. Fortunately, Social Security disability benefits are available in this sort of situation, provided of course that a person legally qualifies for them.

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