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Federal Agencies Adjust Civil Penalty Amounts

Effective as of August 1, 2016, the maximum penalty for violations of some of the major laws enforced by the Federal Trade Commission has increased from $16,000 to $40,000. The…

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Mandatory Updates to Fair Labor Standards Act Minimum Wage Poster

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster issued by the United States Department of Labor has been updated. Effective August 1, 2016, those employers subject to the FLSA…

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New Law on Record-Keeping Requirements for Used Tire Sales (PA 112 of 2016)

Effective August 8, 2016, Michigan auto dealers must keep records of used tires, tire wheels or rims, and continuous tire tread purchased from individuals. Although the law applies to both…


Department of Labor Persuader Rule’s July 1, 2016 Effective Date Blocked By Federal Court

As you may recall from a previous notice, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the new Persuader Final Rule on March 24, 2016, which required increased reporting of an employer’s…

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United States Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit’s Ruling That Service Advisors Are Not Exempt From Overtime Pay

On June 20, 2016, in the case of Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion vacating the Ninth Circuit’s decision from March…


New Department of Labor Persuader Rule Requires Additional Labor Consultant Reporting Effective April 25, 2016

On March 24, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the new Persuader Final Rule, which requires increased reporting of an employer’s expenses connected to labor relations consultant services. The…

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IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

Washington, D.C., 3/3/16 – The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be…

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Michigan Secretary of State Revokes Suspension of Dealership’s Class B License

Colombo & Colombo attorney Michael J. O’Shaughnessy was successful in getting the Michigan Secretary of State to revoke the suspension of an auto dealership’s Class B license. Without this Class…


Department of Labor Issues New Family Medical Leave Act Forms

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Labor published new FMLA forms that were to be used beginning June 1, 2015. There are no major changes to the forms…

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Wage Garnishment Reform Provides Long-Awaited Relief to Employers

On April 23, 2015, Governor Snyder signed into law two House bills, set to take effect on September 30, 2015, which will reform Michigan’s cumbersome and risky wage garnishment procedure….