Labor & Employment/Feb 21, 2019

Michigan’s Newly Minted “Paid Medical Leave Act”

Michigan citizens caused a statute to be adopted by an initiative petition known as the Earned Sick Time Act or 2018 PA 338. However, before it became effective Michigan’s House and Senate amended the act by adopting the Paid Medical Leave Act, which was approved by the Governor on December 13, 2018 and becomes effective ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Jul 18, 2016

Non-Competes Between Commercial Ventures to be Assessed Under Rule of Reason

In Innovation Ventures v Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 150591 (decided July 14, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court considered whether the validity of a covenant not to compete should be determined by looking at the factors provided in MCL 445.774a or by using the “rule of reason” analysis. MCL 445.774a sets forth ... Read More
Corporate & Business/May 23, 2016

President Obama Signs Federal Act To Protect Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was signed into law by President Obama. DTSA, which amends 18 USC 1836, creates a new federal civil cause of action that will allow businesses to obtain damages and injunctive relief and to recover attorney’s fees for misappropriation of trade secrets. Prior to ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Mar 27, 2015

Could Non-Competes Become Non-Existent?

Michigan law currently permits employers to restrict the movement of their employees to competing businesses through the use of non-compete agreements. A bill recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives, however, seeks to change that. House Bill No. 4198, introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido would operate to ban the enforceability of non-compete agreements, except ... Read More