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Social Security disability is available for chronic pain

Many workers in the Detroit area may find themselves experiencing what doctors call chronic pain. What exactly causes chronic pain is still somewhat mysterious, though doctors strongly suspect it actually has something to do with the way one's brain and nervous system transmit signals to the affected part of the body.

Some also speculate that some Michiganders may just be born with heightened sensitivity to pain, such that what to others is an ordinary injury to them is debilitating.

Overview of overtime exemption rules

As in other cases, the federal government establishes minimum standards when it comes to paying employees in the Detroit are or elsewhere overtime compensation, and states are free to go above and beyond these standards when writing their own wage and hour laws.

It is not terribly controversial that employers in Michigan, under federal law, have to pay time and half an employee's hourly wage if the employer requires the employee to work more than 40 hours in a given work week. However, it is unfortunate that many employers do what they can to get around this rule.

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Macomb County Clerk

Thumbnail image for Spranger1.jpgMacomb County Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski has granted a temporary restraining order to employees of Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger. The case was brought by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 411, through their attorneys at Miller Cohen PLC. AFSCME represents about 85 workers in the Clerk's office. They sought to stop Spranger from harassing employees and retaliating against individuals who are engaged in union activities.

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Macomb County Clerk

Thumbnail image for Spranger1.jpgMacomb County Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski has granted a temporary restraining order to employees of Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger. The case was brought by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 411, through their attorneys at Miller Cohen PLC. AFSCME represents about 85 workers in the Clerk's office. They sought to stop Spranger from harassing employees and retaliating against individuals who are engaged in union activities.

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Macomb County Clerk

Thumbnail image for Spranger1.jpgMacomb County Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski has granted a temporary restraining order to employees of Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger. The case was brought by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 411, through their attorneys at Miller Cohen PLC. AFSCME represents about 85 workers in the Clerk's office. They sought to stop Spranger from harassing employees and retaliating against individuals who are engaged in union activities.

If I am a victim of sexual harassment, whom do I have to tell?

Many Detroit area employees who have been the target of unwanted sexual advances, lewd jokes and the like may not really want to talk about their experience with anyone, much less someone whom they see as having more power and authority than themselves.

After all, sexual harassment is a scary, embarrassing experience that can leave someone traumatized, which is just one of many reasons why the law prohibits it. It can be hard for a victim to talk to anyone about such an experience, especially someone who holds the victim's job in his or her hands.

Notorious SSD appeals backlog continues to grow

According to the most recent reports of the Social Security Administration, those waiting to have their denied claims for Social Security disability benefits reviewed by and administrative law judge has reached 1 million.

The average wait time for these appeals is two years, which is more than double what it was even five years. Many people die while waiting for an appeal. In fact, over 7,000 people who are listed as waiting for an appeal last year turned out to have died while waiting.

What would make me a whistleblower under Michigan law?

Michigan employment law protects many different types of workers. One of the groups of workers the law protects is people who are both commonly and in legal parlance called whistleblowers. Generally speaking, a whistleblower is one who blows the whistle on his or her employer by reporting the employer's illegal conduct.

Although the laws protecting whistleblowers in Michigan are broad, they do have certain limits. Perhaps most importantly, one should not assume the whistleblower protections give an employee a license to complaint to anyone about anything an employer does. More specifically, to be protected, a whistleblower must report to a public body, which would include administrative and law enforcement agencies; reports to the news media do not count, and an employee would have no protection if he or she chooses to talk to the press.

Congratulations Bruce A. Miller!

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Miller Cohen PLC is proud of our founding partner Bruce A Miller on his selection as a recipient of the Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame Award. The Wall of Fame Award is the highest award presented by Wayne State University Law School. It recognizes graduate and former employees of the Law School who have distinguished themselves thru their contributions to humanity, the advancement in a particular field of work and former employees who have made a meaningful impression on the Law School. All nominations are carefully considered by the Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame selection committee consisting of the chair of the Wayne Law Board of Visitors executive committee, two appointed members of the Wayne Law Board of Visitors, the chair of the Board of Visitors' Alumni Relations Committee, the dean, a senior faculty member, a senior major gift officer and the alumni relations officer. There is no question Bruce Miller in his lifelong fight for Justice for Working People has more then met these requirements.

Lawyers You Can Rely On

Miller Cohen attorneys have long been dedicated to the labor movement. Our attorneys strive to represent our brothers and sisters in labor in a variety of venues and courtrooms. As part of our mission, our attorneys have worked hard to become experts in our fields and respected throughout the legal community. Each time one of our attorneys are asked to speak at a seminar, teach a training course, or participate in a panel, it is an honor and a testament to the hard work we put in to be the best of the best. Recently Richard Mack, a partner at Miller Cohen, was asked to speak at the Arbitrator and Fact Finding Training Program by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. His topic will be "Why I Select Certain Panel Members and Not Others" - Union and Employer Representatives Discuss Their Experiences. When looking for an attorney, always seek the best. Seek the attorneys that other attorneys rely on for their training. Rely on Miller Cohen, PLC.

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