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    Maternal/Paternal Leave in Michigan

    It is estimated that more than 110,000 children will be born in the state of Michigan in the next year. While pregnancy and the welcoming of a new baby are arguably considered the most joyful time for new parents, this celebration can be clouded by the imminent requirement to abruptly return to the workplace. This added stress not only affects the overall morale of the new family, but also becomes a fiscal burden on the parents of the new child and could impact the health of both the mother and

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    Home Health Care Workers and Unionization

    The evolution of how home health care workers in Michigan have been classified as a unit of the labor force has been a fascinating observation within the last ten to twelve years. Throughout the course of this time frame, competing interests have been working to either unionize home healthcare workers or prevent their forced unionization. At this point in time, these workers are no longer required to join a union. However, this juncture was not arrived at without lawsuits, partisan debates withi

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    Right to Work in Michigan – One Year Later

    On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation making it illegal for employers to collect union dues as a condition of employment. In the absence of right-to-work, employees in unionized workplaces a free to eschew union membership but cannot “opt out” of paying union dues. Thus, all employees are covered by their union’s contracts and receive the same benefits regardless of membership status. The same universal coverage applies to employees who choose n

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    Effect of Right-To-Work in Michigan

    The Right-To-Work (RTW) law that passed in Michigan last December was a very controversial piece of legislation, especially considering how pro-union Michigan is. It mandates that employers in both the public and private sector must not require employees to join union memberships or pay union dues as a condition of employment (excluding firefighters and police officers). Opponents of this law believe that it will divide workers and lower the collective bargaining power of the unions as a result

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    Right-to-Work: What the Research Says

    What is the right-to-work debate in Michigan really about? To begin, it is important to understand the history of right-to-work legislation. In 1935 the National Labor Relations was passed to protect employees rights in the workplace. Under the NLRA workers were able to engage in collective bargaining, take part in strikes and other protected concerted activity. The controversy of right-to-work arose in 1947 with the Taft-Hartley amendments to the NLRA. Taft-Hartley allowed for businesses to bec

    Employment

    • Maternal/Paternal Leave in Michigan

      It is estimated that more than 110,000 children will be born in the state of Michigan in the next year. While pregnancy and the welcoming of a new baby are arguably considered the most joyful time for...
    • Home Health Care Workers and Unionization

      The evolution of how home health care workers in Michigan have been classified as a unit of the labor force has been a fascinating observation within the last ten to twelve years. Throughout the cours...
    • Right to Work in Michigan – One Year Later

      On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation making it illegal for employers to collect union dues as a condition of employment. In the absence of right-to-...
    • Effect of Right-To-Work in Michigan

      The Right-To-Work (RTW) law that passed in Michigan last December was a very controversial piece of legislation, especially considering how pro-union Michigan is. It mandates that employers in both th...
    • Right-to-Work: What the Research Says

      What is the right-to-work debate in Michigan really about? To begin, it is important to understand the history of right-to-work legislation. In 1935 the National Labor Relations was passed to protect ...
    • Michigan's Effort to Promote Right-to-Work

      Last month, Michigan became the nation's newest right-to-work state. The legislation had already caused much controversy with a gathering of roughly 12,500 people at the Capitol. The Michigan Economic...
    • Job Applicant Credit Privacy Act

      On March 2nd, 2012 MI State Representative Jon Switalski and fellow members of congress introduced HB4363: The Job Applicant Credit Privacy Act with the intention of providing an additional safeguard ...
    • Unemployment Legislation

      Senate Bill No. 806 was passed on December 16, 2011 after strong support in Michigan's Republican-led Senate. The purpose of the bill was to stabilize the state's unemployment trust fund, which has re...
    • Increasing Poverty Levels in US

      While America is experiencing increasing poverty rates across the board, Michigan's ever-increasing rate seems especially detrimental. Michigan, with a poverty rate of 16.8 percent, is well above the ...
    • Jobless Rates Continue to Decrease in More than One Industry

      The end of March saw a much revered unemployment rate for Michigan at 10.3 percent. “Michigan’s labor market indicators have shown steady improvement in the first three months of 2011,” said Rick Wac...
    • The Automotive Industry and Employment

      The Big Three have existed in Michigan for over 100 years now. Henry Ford's concept of the assembly line set up the standard that would be used across the nation for decades. The strikes at GM in 1937...
    • Employment Rate Goes Down, but Jobs Don't Go Up

      Michigan is leading the nation in jobless rates going down, yet not for the usual reasons. Followed by Washington DC and Alabama, Michigan has been ahead of the other states in jobless rate going down...
    • Right-to-Work Becoming More of a Possibility for Michigan

      House Speaker Jase Bolger announced that making Michigan a "right-to-work" state will be discussed to see if it is economically relevant for the state. “Gone must be the days where things were taken ...
    • More Jobs May Not Equal Better Economy

      The new year will bring a boost in sales compared to recent years for the automotive industry, but not everyone is convinced it will bring a better economy with it for Michigan. The Center for Automo...
    • Interview, Director of Human Resources for Troy, MI, Peggy Sears

      Troy, Mich, with it’s reputation for being one of the wealthier and safer cities in Michigan, has been seeing budget cuts for the past year and a half. City employees and public safety services contin...
    • Interview, MSU Hospitality Business Professor Jeffery Elsworth

      Hospitality business Professor Jeffery Elsworth sat down with me to discuss what this recession has done for local restaurants, local businesses, and what the forecast for young entrepreneurs will be ...
    • Michigan Employment Relations Commision (MERC)

      The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) is a mediator for labor disputes between public and private sector employees. To resolve such issues, MERC appoints mediators, arbitrators and fact ...
    • Ford to Invest $850 Million for Michigan Jobs

      After a the Michigan Economic Growth Authority's monthly meeting in October, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced that Michigan companies will invest $2.1 billion in order to create 6,000 jobs. Ford Motor...
    • Unemployment Rate for Michigan Steadily Continues to Decline

      The unemployment rate in Michigan has dropped to 13 percent for September, it’s lowest since March 2009. The state’s unemployment rate a year ago was 14.4 percent. The national rate continues to be 9....
    • Unemployment Rate for Michigan Steadily Continues to Decline

      The unemployment rate in Michigan has dropped to 13 percent for September, it’s lowest since March 2009. The state’s unemployment rate a year ago was 14.4 percent. The national rate continues to be 9....
    • Granholm Administration Found Guilty of Violating Labor Practices

      A planned three percent raise for specific non-union state workers that was supposed to take affect this month was denied, which the Michigan Association of Governmental Employees filed unfair labor p...
    • MEGA Credits Approved

      The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) has recently approved over $9.8 million in tax credits for companies that plan to creat over 1025 jobs in the Metro Detroit area over the span of the next...
    • Jobless Rates Go Down in Michigan

      Jobless rates have gone down throughout the state of Michigan from July to August of 2010. In the past week alone, claims have dropped by 16,000. Ann Arbor's jobless rate went from 10% to 8.8%. The un...
    • Debating Whether Michigan has the Right-to-Work

      As of July 2010, Oakland County Sheriff and former Republican GOP nominee for governor Mike Bouchard has proposed Michigan become a Right-to-Work state for the second time in two years. The bill was f...
    • Should Michigan be a Right-to-Work State?

      First it is important to understand that in a right-to-work state there are statutory laws enacted prohibiting employers from requiring membership in a union upon hire. These laws are only in place i...
    • Employee Free Choice Act and Unionization

      The Employee Free Choice Act, or the EFCA, is a provision that is both highly revered and highly contested. EFCA gives workers easier paths to organize unions in the workplace, while leveling the play...
    • Extended Unemployment Benefits in Michigan

      Today's record-high long-term unemployment shows that there simply aren't enough jobs to go around due to a lack of demand. According to the RSQE Michigan forecast, released on May 27, 2010, it expec...
    • Expansion of Two Stimulus Programs may Create 24,000 New Jobs in Michigan

      Two federal stimulus programs, the Department of Treasury Grant Program and the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit, can be extended for two more years by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of...
    • Muskegon Port Transformation

      The Muskegon Lake deep water port was an unlikely spot for tourists or economic development in the 1970s. The water was simply too polluted from an old paper mill, and other industrial facilities on t...
    • 4-Year Degrees for Community Colleges Proposed

      House Bill 5533 and its tie-barred legislative companion, House Bill 4837, are bills currently proposed to the Michigan State Legislature that would allow community colleges in the state to grant bacc...
    • Employment Policy Update

      According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor the State of Michigan continues to carry the highest rate of unemployment for the 46th consecutive month. The State saw a decrease i...
    • New Unemployment Statistics

      On Friday November 20th, the United States Department of Labor released the unemployment statistics for October 2009. Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped from 15.3 in September percent to 15.1 perc...
    • Cuts of Michigan Government Employees is a Necessary Evil

      Michigan’s $44.5 billion budget for this year will most likely mean job losses for many of the state’s employees. If this were true, mid-Michigan will see the largest loss of jobs; the state employs a...
    • No Worker Left Behind

      With the unemployment rate of Michigan reaching levels over 15 percent, the demands of Michigan’s unemployed keep growing. Recently the state’s best response has been the No Worker Left Behind program...
    • Trouble for Domestic Automakers means trouble for Michigan Jobs

      The auto industry saw auto sales hit a fifteen month high as a result of the cash for clunkers program, a three billion dollar federal program. However, since the end of the program the auto industry ...
    • Enabling a Generation

      Michigan is in need of an entrepreneurial makeover. Young innovators are ready to implement their business concepts yet continually face obstacles known to both the seasoned and rookie business lead...
    • Is “Brain Drain” an Excuse Game?

      One thing is certain, Michigan officials are adamant to find answers for why college students feel the need to leave Michigan. Countless student surveys indicate results leading decision makers to dra...
    • Higher Education or Higher Taxes?

      The states with the lowest business taxes attract the best companies, no? States with less government spending, regulation and unions have the best economies, right? Wrong on both accounts. In fact,...
    • Michigan Entrepreneurs: Pumping New Blood Into a Clogged System

      Michigan lawmakers are taking big steps to attract a wave of entrepreneurs. New legislation, introduced by Rep. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart), would create Entrepreneurship Renaissance Zones allowing companie...
    • Workers' Compensation Agency

      The Robin Hood of workers in the 20th and 21st century. The Brinks Security of employee protection. The Workers’ Compensation Agency: Friend to the men and women who labor for their empowered employer...
    • Student Loan Plans: Increasing Percentages, Decreasing Payments

      College students are receiving good news thanks to the Obama administration: Plans to pay accumulated debt throughout college will be more affordable—including smaller payment requirements at a minima...
    • ‘Hire Michigan First’ While Hiring Others Second?

      The Michigan State Legislature has battled a package requiring companies receiving tax incentives or companies receiving state construction contracts to hire 100 percent Michigan workers. On the surfa...
    • Ensuring Unemployment Insurance

      Do well in high school, score well on the ACT, get into a credible college and apply for a stable job offering desirable benefits. Our parents have preached this path since we were old enough to sit b...
    • The ‘Pros and Cons’ of Privatizing Prisoner Production

      The prison system and corporate America: a comparison made only when the Madoff's of the world peak media attention. In business however, when a new initiative or product is introduced and consumers f...
    • Spend Less, Grow More?

      For decades, universities nationwide have pondered the question: If research funding increases exponentially, will the rate of economic growth follow the same pattern? Now, more than ever, researchers...
    • Money Spent, Money Earned?

      A new Michigan based initiative has been set in place to pour $12 million into manufacturing companies throughout Michigan. This plan, however, is not as similar to the federal bailout plan as one may...
    • Tech Job Growth Lagging in Michigan

      A recent analysis of 2007 employment data by TechAmerica has bucked Michigan from its position in the top ten states for high-tech employment, the Detroit News reports. In its "Cyberstates 2009" repo...
    • Michigan in Past and Present Recessions

      Currently, Michigan still sits dead last in unemployment, with 10.6 percent of its labor force unemployed as of the end of 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This exceeds the national...
    • Impact of the Jobs Bank Program Closing

      As of this week, the jobs bank, a system allowing laid-off UAW members to continue to receive compensation, is no more at GM. The decision came last Wednesday, only two days after the official closure...
    • Highlights of the State of the State Speech - Employment

      In Governor Granholm's State of the State address, delivered February 3rd, she took the time to specifically delineate "fighting for more good paying jobs in Michigan, education and training (for thos...
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