With the recent announcement of the 2024 Oscars nominees, showings and re-showings of the movies that received a nod from the Academy will be prevalent in the coming months. But it is important to remember that public movie showings are strictly controlled by the U.S. Copyright Act, which grants the exclusive right to authorize public showings of copyrighted works to their owners. Read this overview of how copyright applies to "public" movie showings.
On January 26, 2023, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the July 19, 2022 Court of Claims decision which would have reinstated the Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”) and the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (“IWOWA”), effective February 20, 2023. The Court of Appeals, in a unanimous ruling, held that the Michigan Legislature’s 2018 “adopt and amend” strategy was constitutional.
As a result, Michigan employers will not be required to expand their paid leave policies or increase the minimum wage next month.
It is anticipated that the decision of the Court of Appeals will be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Kotz Sangster continues to monitor this situation and will provide updates as additional information becomes available.