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Sixth Circuit Sanctions Attorney for late Age Discrimination filing

 November 28, 2018 

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Attorneys beware!  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Carter v Hickory Healthcare Inc, ___ F3d ___ (6th Cir Sept. 2018), affirmed a trial court’s imposition of almost $26,000 in sanctions against plaintiff’s attorney “because he had advanced a claim that was clearly time barred.”  The Carter court rejected the attorney’s long list of arguments on […]

Michigan Medical Marihuana Act – Potential Employer Pitfalls

 November 10, 2015 

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An employee’s urine test discloses the presence of the marihuana metabolite, THC-COOH. The employee produces a valid “Registry Identification Card” issued pursuant to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act [MCL 333.26421, et seq. – MMMA].  He explains he last smoked medical marihuana over the weekend. What can the employer do?  What should the employer do (or not do) […]

How Long Must Employer Allow Employee to “Heal”?

 July 8, 2015 

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An employee is injured in an accident outside of work.  She requests and is granted an unpaid leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act [FMLA].  However, after her twelve (12) weeks of FMLA leave are exhausted, her doctor still has not released her to return to work.  The doctor’s note to the […]

Employer-Imposed Arbitration

 September 9, 2011 

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Many employers have inserted mandatory arbitration provisions into their Handbooks.  These provisions require employees to submit all employment-related claims to binding arbitration.  Typically, such provisions look to the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Employment Rules to govern the arbitration proceedings.   Until fairly recently, an employee filing an employment-related claim with AAA against his or her employer […]