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June 2016 Archives

Using family or medical leave as a Michigan state employee

The Michigan state government follows federal protocols when it comes to family or medical leave. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, allows for up to 12 weeks of protected leave that is unpaid for employees in certain situations. If you have worked for a total of 12 months for the state of Michigan within the last seven years, you may be eligible for the state's FMLA benefit.

Man could face felony charges in bottle return scam

Michigan's bottle bill allows individuals returning eligible bottles to receive a $.10 deposit for each glass, plastic, metal or paper container returned that meets the requirements, which include being under a gallon. While another state offers the same rate for bottles over 24 ounces, Michigan is the only state that offers this rate for bottles of any size that are eligible.

5 common steps to forming a limited liability company

Forming a limited liability company for your small business -- or any-sized business -- endeavor can offer a number of benefits. One of the biggest benefits of the LLC formation is that it buffers you personally from the business's liabilities, so your personal assets aren't always on the line. While every situation is unique, there are some common steps to forming an LLC.

State to consider roadside drug testing policy

Police officers who suspect a driver is operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol already have several roadside testing options. Police can administer both field and breath tests under certain circumstances when they stop a driver, and the legislature has approved bills that might allow officers to conduct similar testing for drugs in the future.

Can you be fired because of suffering from an illness?

When you think about the things that you can be fired for, you probably think one that could result in your termination would be taking off work for an illness. In some cases, illnesses are actually protected; for instance, if a woman gives birth, she can't be fired for needing to go to the hospital or for having to take time off. If you need emergency surgery and miss a shift, you shouldn't be fired for that.

2 small business exit strategies

Getting into business for yourself can be exciting, but the paperwork and decision-making that goes along with it is often daunting. Working with a legal professional who understands business requirements can help you face the mountain of formation without making too many mistakes, and the same can be true when you are ready to exit your business model.

Drunk driving laws in Michigan: Minors and alcohol

Substance abuse on its own can be a dangerous condition, and when it's combined with driving, it can be lethal. When a person drinks, he or she endangers him or herself and others. If he or she causes an accident, he or she and others involved could suffer serious injuries or death.

Can a jointly held business survive a divorce?

In our last post, we highlighted the importance of having proper documents in place to protect one’s business from the scourge of divorce. Specifically, a postnuptial agreement can help guard against the difficulties that can arise when a business was formed long after the marriage began. We also highlighted the issues that can arise in valuing a business.

Businesses can be impacted by an owner's divorce

You have worked hard to build your business and the last thing that you want is for a life event, such as a divorce, to tear down all of your hard work. When you are going through a divorce, it is possible that your business will be impacted by the proceedings if you don't take steps to protect your business.

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