With 53 presumptive-positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan as of March 15, Michigan is taking proactive steps to reduce transmission of the virus. Below is a brief synopsis of what employers need to know.

On March 10, 2020, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Executive Order 2020-4.

With flu season upon us, our colleague Joe Lynett has written two posts relating to workplace flu issues.

“Plan to Minimize Spread of Flu and Legal Risks in the Workplace during Flu Season” is here.

"Health Care Personnel in New York Must Get Flu Vaccination or Wear a Mask” is here.
 

Medical marijuana is in the news for a variety of reasons.

On the legal front, the primary issue is that the federal government classifies marijuana as a controlled substance while 20 states have passed laws allowing its use for medical reasons. President Obama’s spokesperson said recently that the President “does not, at this point, advocate a change

It comes down to the definition of "medical condition." The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an amendment to Title VII,  prohibits discrimination based on "pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions." Lactation is none of these, a federal district court held last year, granting summary judgment to the employer. See our post of that decision here.

Reversing

A Colorado law prohibits employers from terminating an employee for “engaging in any lawful activity of the premises of the employer during nonworking hours…” Another Colorado law allows individuals to obtain a license to use medical marijuana.

The Colorado Court of Appeals has held that licensed medical marijuana use is not a “lawful activity” under