General News/Apr 8, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Provides Support for Businesses

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. This extensive act provides much needed assistance to those struggling due to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 shutdowns. There are numerous provisions that both businesses and individuals should be aware of to fully benefit from the ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Apr 3, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Exemptions from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance in the form of FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid sick leave provisions contained in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (summarized here). Included in this additional guidance are more answers regarding employees on furlough or ... Read More
General News/Mar 26, 2020

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order Closes Certain Michigan Businesses

On March 23, 2020 Governor Whitmer announced executive order 2020-21 (the “Order”) which temporarily closes certain businesses in Michigan. The Order is scheduled to lapse at midnight on April 13, 2020. What business activities are not prohibited by the Order? The Order generally prohibits all in-person business activity but exempts certain critical infrastructure workers. “Critical ... Read More
General News/Mar 26, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law

On March 18, 2020 President Trump signed an updated version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed by the Senate. The FFCRA’s main effects on businesses are likely to come from two parts: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). When do the Families ... Read More
Firm News/Mar 25, 2020


Pursuant to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, all Michigan businesses that are not necessary to sustain or protect life must temporarily suspend in-person activities. As a consequence, Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy’s main office at 281 Seminole Road, Norton Shores, Michigan will be closed until April 14, 2020. We want to assure you that during ... Read More
Firm News/Mar 17, 2020


In response to the rapidly developing news of coronavirus/COVID-19, we at Gielow, Groom, Terpstra & McEvoy would like to reiterate our firm commitment to serving you. As such, during this crisis, GGTM will be available to respond to your legal needs. We value the health and safety of both you and our employees highly, so ... Read More
General News/Feb 28, 2020

Revisiting Michigan’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act

While the Michigan legislature is sitting on a bill which would ban covenants not to compete, for the time being Michigan’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“MUTSA”) is alive and well. MUTS provides a statutory basis for protection of trade secrets. What constitutes a “trade secret” is very fact specific and a trial court is required ... Read More
Estate Planning/Probate/Jan 29, 2020

Seven Steps to Navigate a Loved One’s Death

Losing a family member, friend, or loved one can be traumatic.  When a loved one dies, you may be faced with the huge responsibility of closing out that person’s life.  At Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (GGTM), our attorneys and staff understand the grief and pain that surrounds the death of a loved one, as ... Read More
Labor & Employment/Jan 14, 2020

Employment Policy Disclaimer Ruled Adequate to Prevent Contract Formation

In Bodnar v St John Providence, Inc, 327 Mich App 203 (2019), the Michigan Court of Appeals addressed the enforcement of employment policies as contracts, finding that an appropriate disclaimer can prevent policies from becoming contracts. Bodnar was one of a group of nurses working at St. John Providence. St. John’s had written policies requiring ... Read More

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