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  • Employment Discrimination Update--Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In an earlier blog on this subject, we told you that under existing state law (the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act--ELCRA) did not prohibit discrimination in employment based upon Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.  We indicated that the state of the law as it existed at that time was likely NOT the final answer to the question of whether a person could be discriminated against in employment situations because he or she was gay, transgender, etc.  It turns out that we were prescient in that assessment.  << Read More

  • Extremism and Employment


  • Workplace Firearms Polcies

    Homicide is the 5th leading cause of workplace fatalities in the US.  Gun violence in the workplace is a matter of increasing focus and concern.  At the same time, gun laws in the State of Michigan have "loosened" (for want of a better term) making Michigan a virtual "Shall Issue" state for concealed weapon permits and acknowledging a citizen's "open carry" rights (i.e., you may carry a weapon, such as a pistol in plain sight).  << Read More

  • Is It Discrimination If It Is LGBT Negative?

    Employers are concerned.  It is possible to run afoul of anti-discrimination laws without intending to do so.  Irrespective of one's personal views on LGBT matters, we are often asked "if an employment policy appears to adversely affect gay people i.e. providing separate dressing areas because straight employees demand it" is it discrimination?"  Simply put, employers do not want to violate the law.  << Read More


    SB&R is pleased to announce that effective immediately, all veterans and active-duty members of the US Armed Forces and all serving members of law enforcement will receive a 20% discount from our normal fees on all Estate Planning Services (Wills, Trusts, Patient Advocate Forms, Elder Care Planning , etc.) provided by our firm.  << Read More

  • Beware--New DOL Overtime Regs. Released

    "But I thought they were exempt employees"!!!  The lament of the uninformed HR Director.  The most prominent change in the final changes to overtime regulations by the Dept. of Labor is the increase in the salary level required for for exempt employees.  The new "exempt" level is $47,476 annually ($913/week) to have the status of an, exempt employee.  << Read More

  • Congratulations Gary Schenk

    Congratulations to Gary Schenk, one of our founding partners.  Gary has been recognized again this year by Martindale-Hubbell, the country's leading lawyer assessment (by his peers) and information source, as a "Pre-Eminent AV" lawyer, the highest award for ethics and legal skills.  This rating was given to Gary by his peers in both the Bar and by the Judiciary in a confidential survey of lawyers and Judges.  << Read More

  • Non Compete Agreements - Enforceable

    We are often asked "are non-compete agreements enforceable"?  The problem is, we are usually asked this question when an employee who is subject to a non-compete is leaving his or her employment for "greener pastures".  The notion that said employee might have assigned away his/her right to work in the same industry with the same customers for a period of years is something they simply are unwilling to accept.  << Read More

  • Save a Little Time

    PA 36, 2015 amends the Revised Judicature Act to permit a Demand for Payment or Demand for Possession to be served on a tenant via electronic means, (e.g. email) if the tenant has consented to receive service electronically.  Our suggestion - if you are a Landlord, provide in your lease agreement consent for electronic service and obtain the tenants email address or fax number.  This will save the cost of service, the time it takes to accomplish service, and can shorten the time it takes to obtain judicial relief.  IMPORTANTLY, you may NOT refuse to lease to a tenant because the tenant will not agree to accept electronic service.    << Read More

  • Gary Schenk Recognized for Excellence in Law

    Congratulations to Gary Schenk for being recognized for Excellence in Law by Worldwide Registry.  Click on the link below to see why Gary was awarded this recognition.  << Read More