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Regulations paused under new administration

  • February 17, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Days after publishing Independent Contractor Rule Gets An Update . . . For Now, the Biden administration was inaugurated and the new President used his first days of office to put a freeze on proposed regulations with pending effective dates. This is not unusual once […]

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Independent Contractor Rule Gets an Update . . . For Now

  • January 19, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor issued a final rule on classifying workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act, clarifying the test to determine who is an independent contractor. The FLSA requires covered employers to pay nonexempt employees minimum wage for every […]

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Zana Tomich Named a “Go-To” Business Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • January 4, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466 Detroit—December 30, 2020—Zana Tomich, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Business by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are leaders […]

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Preparing Your Closely Held Company for a Merger or Acquisition in 2021

  • January 2, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

We recently learned that two regional banks, Huntington National Bank and TCF will be combining in 2021. It’s likely just the start of a trend that will carry well into the new year. After all, the fallout from 2020 is still being experienced across all […]

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Succession Planning: Protecting Your Business in the Event You Are No Longer Around to Run It

  • December 31, 2020
  • by Admin

Running a successful business requires skill, dedication, and the ability to look beyond the particular product or service that your company provides in order to protect the entity and its assets. Included within that last requirement is something that most do not think about on […]

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Homeowners’ attempt to declare foreclosure proceeding untimely fails

  • November 27, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

  Most if not all mortgage agreements contain a debt acceleration clause. That clause allows the bank to declare the entire balance due upon the occurrence of an event—like the failure to make a payment. In Akouri v. Comerica Bank, one of the questions addressed […]

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Can employers require a COVID-19 vaccine for employees?

  • October 28, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make an impact on businesses. In fact, over the past nine months, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way business is conducted in the U.S. With state governments ordering social distancing, remote work, and limitations on the capacity of various […]

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What to Know About Michigan Supreme Court Ruling on Governor’s Powers

  • October 5, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

On Friday, October 2, 2020, amid news of the president being hospitalized with COVID-19, our own state’s laws were upended by a Michigan Supreme Court ruling. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled the governor lacked the authority to extend the State of Emergency related to the […]

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COVID-19 Positive in the Workplace: Now What?

  • August 26, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

Executive Order 2020-166 discussed in this post was subsequently rescinded, and incorporated with amendments in  new Executive Order 2020-172 as explained in the update posted here.  Your Michigan business closed during the stay at home orders; it abided by all the rules in Governor Whitmer’s […]

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Business Opportunities for Alternative Education Providers and the Legal Issues They Will Face

  • August 3, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

America is on the verge of a pandemic-induced revolution in education. The increase in demand for private education alternatives is creating a golden opportunity for those willing and able to meet it. But along with the new and emerging opportunities, parents, teachers, private schools and […]

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