Michigan Employment Law: Salary Vs. Hourly

Workers in Michigan are classified as either exempt or nonexempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The act requires that most nonexempt employees be paid a minimum hourly wage and be paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. The law provides specific exemptions from these standards for particular groups of workers who earn a salary instead of an hourly wage.

Labor Law Vs. Employment Law

Labor Law Summary
Labor laws deal with the relationships and responsibilities between businesses and unions. In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act instituted the National Labor Relations Board, which continues today as the administrative body that regulates labor issues. Labor issues that frequently arise include collective bargaining rights, various issues arising from union contracts, matters relating to a labor strike, and disputes concerning whether and when a union can be organized.

Statute of Limitations for Employment Law

Statutes of limitations for employment laws vary depending on the subject matter of the law and whether the law is state or federal. Each employment law has its own specific statute of limitations. Most employment laws require you to first file a claim with a state or federal agency within a certain period of time of the alleged wrongful action, and then to file a lawsuit within a certain time frame if the agency denies your claim.

Breach of Contract in Employment Law

Breach of contract under employment law depends very much on the type of employment that is involved. There is no one standard rule defining breach for every job that exists. Knowing how the different rules work helps in responding to the breach and understanding what options exist for the affected employee and employer.

Employee Mental Health Rights

The American Disabilities Act covers employee mental health rights. Employees protected under the act include individuals with a pre-existing mental illness and those seeking treatment for mental problems. The workplace follows certain guidelines to ensure protection and safeguard against unfair treatment of employees seeking help for a mental health condition or working with a mental illness.

Employment Law & Bullying in the Workplace

In 2011, bullying has become a major issue in schools, but it also continues to be a problem in the workplace. A Suffolk University Law School paper titled "Workplace Bullying and American Employment Law" says no laws are in place to combat this problem other than general employment discrimination laws that vary by state. But many states are still working to pass one grass-roots bill on workplace bullying that’s made the national rounds since the early 2000s.

What Is the Labor Law About Paying Employees Cash?

There's nothing wrong with paying employees in cash. However, both the employer and the employee must report the cash wages and pay taxes on them. Failing to do so can result in huge penalties from the state and federal government.

Federal vs. State Employment Laws

The federal and state governments in the United States have both enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between a worker and his employer. Differences between federal and state governments affect the regulations relating to the minimum wage, occupational safety, and the right to unionize. Most of the time, federal laws constitute a minimum level of employment regulation, while state laws are more strict.

Michigan "At Will" Employment Law

"At will" employment in Michigan means the employer has the right to terminate an employee for any reason without proving just cause. The employee has very limited legal options to fight the termination.

Employment Law Regarding Privacy of Personal Life in Texas

An employee may have a private life that is very different from her professional image. She might also keep this information from her employer. However, in Texas, employers may monitor an employee's activities while she is on the business's premises, as well as share the employee's personal information, such as social security number, under certain circumstances. Moreover, if your employer does find out about your private life and decides to terminate your employment as a result, it is likely legal for him to do so.

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