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Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act Amended to Protect LGBTQ Rights
On March 16, 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 4 (“SB 4”), which amends and expands the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”) to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, public accommodations and public services, educational facilities, housing and real estate. Here's a brief breakdown of the amendment and what employers should know.
Kotz Sangster Sponsors Ice Festivals in South Haven and St. Joseph
This year the Kotz Sangster team was proud to sponsor two ice festivals in Southwest Michigan, the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Ice Breaker Festival and the St. Joseph Today Magical Ice Fest. Our team sponsored two sculptures, one at each event. In South Haven, our artist carved a penguin from a solid block of ice. In St. Joseph, they carved out a bear from the ice chunk.
Michigan Court of Appeals Reverses Court of Claims, Halting Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Leave Expansion
Today, in a unanimous ruling, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Michigan Court of Claims that would have required a minimum wage increase and expanded paid leave in February 2023. As a result, Michigan employers will not be required to change their sick leave policies or increase the minimum wage.