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The Right Response to Workplace Harassment Complaints

  • July 12, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Michigan employees are protected from workplace harassment in both the private and public sectors through federal and state antidiscrimination statutes. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act both recognize workplace harassment as a form employment discrimination. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen’s […]

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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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Three Ways Boilerplate Language Impacts a Business Divorce

  • March 24, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Time and again, I am contacted by clients experiencing difficulty with their business partners, or fellow shareholders, and looking for a way out. The conversation usually results in a review of the company’s organizational documents. More often than not, we find the parties adopted boilerplate […]

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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; barbara@eafocus.com; 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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Too much space?  Review these legal issues when subletting your space

  • December 26, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many companies, non-profits and churches are looking at the space that they own, or have leased, and reached the conclusion that they own, or have leased, too much space. Before you enter into an agreement to sublease your space, think about the following items and […]

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Moving Your Small Business Out of State in 2021: Legal Considerations

  • December 14, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

To say 2020 was hard for small businesses is an understatement. Shutdown orders and COVID restrictions choked revenue streams, slowed cash flow, squashed business development opportunities, and took a heavy toll on the personal well-being of many small business owners. While many survived and few […]

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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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COVID-19 Has Forever Changed Service Contract Negotiations

  • August 3, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Many individuals and entities learned it the hard way: events with a superior strength (force majeure)—like a health pandemic—must be accounted for in service contracts. Let’s face it, we all know that deadly infectious diseases and viruses exist in this world. But very few can honestly […]

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The One Question That Businesses Should Be Asking Employees With Children This Fall

  • August 3, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

The month of August brings with it familiar sensations. The onslaught of back-to-school advertisements. The rush to finish summer reading assignments. The frenzied shopping trips for clothes and supplies. And for parents, the most treasured sensation of all: the anticipation of a return to normalcy […]

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The business and employment attorneys of Dalton & Tomich take your business just as seriously as you do. Attorneys Zana Tomich and Noel Sterett are trusted by closely held family businesses and others across Michigan and Northern Illinois as invaluable partners and counselors. We guarantee all your calls and emails will be returned within one business day so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.