On January 26, 2023, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision that would have gone into effect on February 19, 2023. That decision, among other items, would have increased Michigan’s hourly minimum wage to $13.03 and would have greatly expanded the state’s paid sick leave requirements. The Court of Appeals decision means that employers do not have to make changes to their paid sick leave policies that were drafted in compliance with the Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act that went into effect in 2019. Further, businesses no longer have to scramble to adjust minimum wage rates for both tipped and non-tipped workers as required under the lower court decision. Michigan’s hourly minimum wage will remain at $10.10. The tipped minimum wage remains at $3.84 an hour.
Zoey helps clients solve and prevent problems through labor and employment counsel.
Zoey came to the practice of law with a strong desire to work with people. Previous experiences as a teacher, school administrator and business administrator taught her that she loved helping people and providing guidance so that individuals could make the best decisions for the future. She also discovered her passion for policy drafting and implementation, as well as analyzing contracts, policies and procedures for compliance. Labor and employment would be a perfect fit for all of these interests.
Today, Zoey drafts employment agreements, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, contracts and transactional materials; assists clients in the development of policies and employee handbooks; conducts workplace investigations and provides counsel on disciplinary matters and separations; and advises employers on compliance with federal and state laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. She also assisted clients in navigating the ever-changing employment requirements during the pandemic, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the CARES Act and OSHA and Michigan-specific rules and orders.