News & Insights from the DAR Team

Updates, legal analysis, and resources in the practice areas of Employment & Labor Law, Employer Defense & Litigation, Liquor Licensing & Regulation, and Estate Planning.

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DANBROOK ADAMS RAYMOND PLC, CELEBRATES FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

THE BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM KICKS OFF YEAR FIVE WITH A NEW OFFICE LOCATION July 27, 2022 (Traverse City, Mich.;) On August 1, 2022, Danbrook Adams Raymond PLC, DAR Law, celebrates its five-year anniversary of bringing...
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Employment and Labor Law

Starbucks Scrutiny: Employer Takeaways Regarding Employee Conduct Policies

The green double-tailed mermaid Starbucks logo beckons weary airport travelers, early morning risers, long-day workers, and virtually all parents of small children who need a little extra pep in their step throughout the day. Customers...
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Employment and Labor Law

Labor Law Attorney, Lindsay Raymond Presents at Incompass Michigan Leadership Conference

Incompass Michigan, the statewide network of mission driven organizations promoting community access and inclusion for people with disabilities and other barriers, presented its 48th Leadership Conference June 8-10 at the Delamar Hotel in Traverse City....
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Employment and Labor Law

A “Sincerely Held” Belief Not Always Enough

Analyzing Undue Hardship In Religious Accommodation And Exemption Requests When deciding employee religious exemption requests, many employers operate under the misconception that freedom of religion is absolute in the private workplace, completely overlooking the undue...
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Estate Planning

Is Your Estate Plan Protecting You From Yourself?

A single tear falls from his cheek as he struggles to find the word. A missed mortgage payment, a transposed number, a forgotten appointment, silent confusion. Is it a sign of decreasing competency or typical...
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Estate Planning

Have You Checked Your Beneficiary Designation Lately?

Remember that first day of your new job? Sitting anxiously and nervously as that kind human resource manager patiently walked you through endless stacks of "on-boarding" paperwork. Remember the beneficiary designation form you filled out...
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Employment and Labor Law

Reality Check

Workplace Culture Assessments an Eye-Opening Tool Scroll through Indeed, Monster, or any other job site at the moment and you will find endless employers describing themselves as "a great place to work," "like family" and...
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Liquor Licensing

Covid-19 Whistleblower Litigation Is Surging:

Workplace Safety Compliance Reduces Employer Exposure In Michigan, an employee alleging whistleblower retaliation pertaining to COVID-19-related workplace safety issues may file an action in court pursuant to Michigan's Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) or a complaint...
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Employment and Labor Law

COVID Catch-Up

Michigan Employers' Guide to MIOSHA Emergency Rules and COVID-19 Legislation In the past few months, Michigan businesses have been impacted by rising COVID-19 cases, MIOSHA Emergency Rules, a package of COVID-19 statutes, and MDHHS orders....
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Employment and Labor Law

Reopening Your Business Part II

Practical Considerations For The Post-Shutdown Workplace Now that your business is reopened, what happens if an employee contracts COVID-19? Are you required to grant an employee's request for leave related to COVID-19? Are you still...
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Employment and Labor Law

Reopening Your Business

Implementing Required COVID-19 Mitigation Measures The northern Michigan regions are the first regions in Michigan to be granted broader permission to reopen businesses due to their low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as compared...
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Employment and Labor Law

Employment Law Countdown

Legal developments to consider ahead of 2020 The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. However, making resolutions for your business can be overwhelming, especially with the...
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Employment and Labor Law

#MeToo: A New Perspective On Harassment Investigation

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been a surge in the number of sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In October 2019, the EEOC reported its fiscal...
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Employment and Labor Law

Background Check Compliance Check-Up:

FCRA lawsuits against employers on the rise The name of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) elicits visions of "what's your credit score" commercials and retail counter credit card pitches. In spite of its name,...
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Liquor Licensing

From Vine To Pure Michigan Wine: How Growers, Producers And Retailers Are Regulated

Our region's gently rolling topography is spotted with endless rows of grape trellises winding toward the turquoise lakeshore. Each year, more of our agricultural landscape continues to be converted to grape production. Why, you ask?...
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Employment and Labor Law

DOL Proposes To Increase Salary Threshold For OT Exemption … Again

In March 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would increase the salary thresholds that "white collar" and "highly compensated" employees must be paid to qualify as exempt from overtime...
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Employment and Labor Law

Five Steps to Mitigate Employment-related Exposure

Starting a business is like navigating a vessel through unfamiliar waters. It requires courage, vision and direction. While courage and vision may or may not be within one's control, start-ups can most definitely secure solid...
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Estate Planning

Creating Responsible Caretakers

Recently, a client shared a story with me that I will never forget. While skiing out west, he rode a chairlift with a young woman in her mid-twenties. As they chatted, he asked her what...
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Estate Planning

Positioning the Family Cottage for Generations

Northern Michigan summers are synonymous with family gatherings at the cottage. Whether it is pine paneled walls filled with decades of family photographs, a centennial farm or a newly purchased lake house; families flock to...
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Estate Planning

Administering Your Family’s Estate: A Blessing Or A Curse?

You struggle to keep your composure as you arrive at the attorney's office. You remember being seated in a dark conference room, lined with books - lots of books. You remember the attorney's strong handshake...
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