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Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Independent Contractor-Employee Distinction

In a 6–1 decision, the Supreme Court of Michigan has reversed a 2013 decision of a special panel of the state’s Court of Appeals, finding that a landscape worker was an independent contractor and not an employee of the defendant … Continue reading

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Michigan Becomes 5th State to Pass Social Media Law Affecting Employers’ Right to Private Information

On December 28, Michigan became the 5th state to pass a social media privacy law. House Bill 5523, entitled the Internet Privacy Protection Act, was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and takes immediate effect. The law prohibits employers and educational … Continue reading

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Divided Sixth Circuit Court Delivers Body Blow to Michigan’s Continuing Battle Regarding RICO Claims and Comp Exclusivity

by Thomas A. Robinson A divided Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Brown v. Cassens Transp. Co., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 6929 (6th Cir. Apr. 6, 2012), has again reversed the dismissal of plaintiff employees’ RICO action and remanded it … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor Poised to Sign Significant Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Indications are that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will soon sign legislation that makes significant modifications to the state’s workers’ compensation law. H.B. 5002, introduced by state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford), and presented to the governor on December 16, includes a … Continue reading

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Michigan Plaintiff’s Retaliatory Discharge Action Fails

Finding that a discharged plaintiff had failed to establish that she engaged in a protected activity under the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act (WDCA), MCL 418.101 et seq., failed to demonstrate a causal connection between her receipt of medical treatment and … Continue reading

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