Many Michigan residents associate non-competition agreements with senior executives who could damage their employers if they were to take their inside knowledge to a competitor. However, court records indicate that even fast food workers, hotel maids and nail stylists are sometimes prevented from seeking similar jobs elsewhere by this kind of restriction. This trend led some lawmakers to call for investigations by the Department of Labor and the Federal Trade Commission in October 2014.
The minimum wage has lately been a topic of debate on both a national level and here in Michigan. In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made the case to raise the federal minimum wage by 2016 to $10.10 per hour from its current level of $7.25.
An employment dispute with Michigan State University is moving toward arbitration as graduate students claim they weren't paid for work performed as teaching assistants.
Michigan state law requires energy companies to derive 10 percent of their energy from renewable resources. That goal has to be met by 2015, and public utility giant Consumers Energy, which provides electricity and natural gas to more than half of Michigan's residents, has now contracted with Barton Malow Company to meet that goal.
Since 1985 the state of Michigan has enforced employee noncompete agreements to help businesses protect trade secrets, customer relationships, confidential information and the general value of a company.