Hospital Held in Contempt for Failure to Provide Complete Medical Records in Workers' Compensation Case

A recent decision of the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission has important implications for health care providers in terms of the scope of medical records that they must produce in response to subpoenas issued in worker’s compensation cases. In Perry v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Michigan, Inc., the attorney for McDonald’s issued a subpoena t…

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Legal Alert: French CNIL Fines Google for Privacy Violations

Yesterday CNIL fined Google, Inc. €50 million (nearly $57 million in U. S. dollars) for lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent for data processing related to personalized advertisements.

Created in 1978, the “Commission on Information Technology and Liberties” (CNIL) is a French governmental authority that exists t…

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Legal Alert: Governor Snyder Signs into Law Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave Bills

On December 14 Governor Snyder signed into law two bills that will increase Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to provide paid medical leave to employees. The new laws are weaker than hoped for by many activists.

The new minimum wage law increases minimum wage to $9.45 per hour in 2019, with additional increases each year until reaching…

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Senate Committee Passes Bills Regarding Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time

The two laws adopted by the legislature in September addressed raising the minimum wage and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.

On November 28, 2018, the Senate Government Operations Committee passed two bills that would slow down the changes in two laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature in September. The legislature adopted these laws to avoid having them on the ballot to be decided by Michigan voters. By adopting the laws and not having them on the ballot, the leg…

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After Tax Reform: Practical Planning for the 99%

This article was first published in the State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3.

History has shown a steady increase in the federal estate tax exemption.  It has not been smooth sailing, but a long-term view of the federal estate tax reveals a trend toward estate taxes only impacting a very small fraction of the…

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