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Reminder: Minimum Wage in Michigan Increasing in January

On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate in Michigan will increase from $8.50 per hour to $8.90 per hour. This increase marks the third out of four scheduled increases which began in 2014....more

12/6/2016  /  Minimum Wage , Wage and Hour , Wages

Federal Court Blocks New DOL Overtime Exemption Rule from Taking Effect on December 1

In a stunning turn of events, a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction last week blocking the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule on overtime exemptions from taking effect. The rule, which was slated for...more

End of Daylight Saving Time: Wage-Hour Implications for Night Shift Workers

Daylight Saving Time will end in most states on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. when we set our clocks back one hour. How does this time change effect nonexempt employees who are working at the time we "fall back"?...more

Urgent Message on Union Persuader Rules

In anticipation of the July 1, 2016 effective date of the new "persuader rules" from the U.S. Department of Labor, Varnum has prepared an agreement that would allow existing clients to avoid the new reporting requirements on...more

DOL Announces Final Rule on Salary Threshold for Exempt White-Collar Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule on the minimum salary that white-collar employees must be paid to qualify as exempt from the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new...more

Minimum Wage in Michigan Set to Rise Beginning in September

It has been six years since Michigan last saw any increase in the minimum wage. But yesterday, both houses of the Michigan Legislature passed a compromise deal that would see the minimum wage gradually raised over time until...more

FMLA: Telecommuters, Offsite Employees And The Modern Workplace

As organizations across the United States continually redesign the concept of "the office," employers are required to adhere to employment laws that are not well-equipped to deal with the modern workplace. The Family Medical...more

Battery Currents: Advanced Energy Storage - April 4, 2013

In This Issue: - Chinese Auto Parts Maker Buys A123 Systems - Return of ARRA Funds - Tax Incentives Extended for Battery Maker - Ford Increases Electric Vehicle Dealers and Pushes Sales - Michigan Lithium-Ion...more

4/9/2013
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