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.
There are many questions regarding possible changes to the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) and the minimum wage that could go into effect February 20, 2023. As of now, due to a stay from the Michigan Court of Claims, the current laws remain in effect until February 19, 2023. An appeal is pending before the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the parties have asked the COA to issue a decision by February 1, 2023. Regardless of the decision, it is fully anticipated that it will be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. Here is a summary of the impact of the updated laws.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) compliance is at the forefront of employers’ minds. Concerns surrounding employment and hiring processes are under the microscope like never before. While many might believe they already have appropriate policies and practices in place, there are serious legal consequences for businesses found to be in violation of civil rights laws.
The 29th Edition of Best Lawyers in America® has included eight attorneys from Kotz Sangster's Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Niles, Michigan offices. And four attorneys resident in the firm's Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and St. Joseph, Michigan offices have been honored in the 3rd Edition of Best Lawyers - Ones to Watch. Notably, 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Best Law Firms" listing has recognized Kotz Sangster regionally in eight practice areas.
Divorce is an emotional and difficult time. Social media has a tendency to exacerbate heated conversations. When these two merge together, the results can be disastrous for divorce proceedings and both parties involved. Even highly responsible, ethical and “well-adjusted” people make mistakes during the emotional difficulty of divorce.
We're very proud of Carolyn Wood representing the Kotz Sangster team this month at the Swim Across America Motor City Mile open water swim! Carolyn joined more than 100 others in swimming the Detroit River at Belle Isle to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
We are saddened to share the passing of the Honorable John E. Dewane, retired judge and close friend of many members of the Kotz Sangster team, on Thursday, October 14th. At 81 years old, John spent several years as a vital member of our firm in addition to his impactful career serving Berrien County as a Circuit Court judge.