• Should I be Getting Overtime Pay If I am Paid on Commissions? October 4, 2021

    There is an “Commission Sales” overtime exemption under Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC Section 207(i)… but are those payments really “commissions”?

    Under Section 207(i) commission sales employees are exempt from overtime requirements, but only if:

    1. the regular rate of pay of such employee is in excess of one and one-half times the federal minimum hourly rate (1.5 x 7.25/hr) , and
    2. more than half their compensation for a representative period (not less than one month) represents commissions on goods or services.  29 U.S.C. 207(i).

    There are plenty of people that work under phony “commission plans” who actually should receive overtime pay at time and a half for their hours over 40.  (more…)

  • Public, Private Employers Roll Out Workplace Vaccination Requirements for In-Person Work August 2, 2021

    As Michigan employers prepare for a return to in-person work, Michigan’s Universities are leading the way on vaccination policies. On July 30, 2021, Both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan rolled out mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for all employees (and students) returning to campus this fall.  Many hospitals and health-care settings have already announced similar policies.  With proper exemptions in place, mandatory vaccination policies (more…)

  • Time Magazine: The Fight for Working Mothers March 4, 2021
    SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN – Brown lost her job after requesting time away from work to care for her son and niece who had COVID-19. (Brittany Greeson for TIME)

    Read about our client’s struggle in Time Magazine this week.  Tamara Brown was denied the right to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and fired for having child care responsibilities. Despite federal law and leave rights, employers who did not keep up with the law have done wrong to so many Michigan workers: fired when they should receive paid leave; forcing working moms to choose between family safety and a right to keep a job. Nobody should be forced to make that choice.