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Michigan Executive Order Clarifies COVID-19 Standard

On August 27, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-172. The Executive Order affirms that employers are prohibited from discharging, disciplining, or retaliating against employees who stay home when they or their close contacts are sick.  However, the Executive Order redefines the “principal symptoms of COVID-19” as follows: The principal symptoms of COVID-19 are … Continue Reading

USDOL Office of Inspector General Reports Rise in OSHA Whistleblower Claims During COVID-19 Pandemic

On August 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (“OIG”)—the Department’s watchdog—released a report finding that the COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly increased the number of whistleblower complaints received by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).  OSHA’s Whistleblower Program enforces 23 statutes that prohibit employers from retaliating against employees when … Continue Reading

Two States Go Against the Grain By Prohibiting Salary History Bans

By now, employers generally are aware that a growing number of states and municipalities are passing bans prohibiting pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s salary history. This trend is part of a growing effort in the United States to reduce the pay gaps that may result from discrimination. In contrast, Michigan and Wisconsin became the first … Continue Reading
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