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MI COVID Rescission Order Leaves MIOSHA Rules Intact . . . For Now

  • June 18, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

On June 17, 2021, Michigan Governor Whitmer announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would rescind many of the emergency orders as of June 22, 2021. The earlier than expected termination of the Coronavirus emergency orders have the effect of rescinding the […]

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The Latest Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Rules

  • May 26, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

On Monday, May 24, 2021, Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, improvised on her Vacc to Normal plan less than a month after it was announced. After the CDC issued its announcement on May 13, 2021 – that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks […]

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“MI Vacc to Normal” Plan Sets Bar for Return to Workplace

  • May 5, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Last week, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued long-awaited guidance on the reopening of workplaces that have been limited during the pandemic. The Vacc to Normal challenge uses four vaccination based milestones (using data of Michiganders 16 years and older who have received their first vaccine […]

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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

  • May 4, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Succession planning is a process all small business leaders should undertake.  Similar to estate plans for individuals, succession plans are used to address situations where there is a death, disability, or retirement of key individuals in the company. When a company is owned by just […]

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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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