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How to Acquire an On-Premises Liquor License

  • June 25, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

In Michigan, restaurants, bars, and other establishment that sell liquor are regulated by state and local agencies. Like most states, Michigan created its liquor control commission after prohibition ended in 1933. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (“MLCC”) regulates liquor licenses in the state, distributes new […]

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

  • April 25, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

As  summer approaches, the season of interns is also on the horizon. While college students comprise of the typical intern class, many recent graduates, or students in post-graduate programs who are finding the job market competitive, offer to work as unpaid interns to gain experience […]

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Dalton & Tomich Represents Michigan Small Business in Land Use and Zoning Case Against Greenleaf Township in Sanilac County

  • December 7, 2016
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

The attorneys at Dalton & Tomich recently settled a case between a Sanilac County business owner and Greenleaf Township, which is a small municipality within Sanilac County. The Plaintiff in this case had owned and operated a truck sales and salvage business since 1959. While […]

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New Administration Brings Uncertainty for Business

  • November 22, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

With the uncertainty of the 2016 general election behind us, the votes counted in President-elect Trump’s favor, and both chambers of Congress controlled by the same political party, one would think we would have more clarity as to the changes in the law that lie […]

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New Legislation Expands Use of Conditional Liquor Licenses

  • November 17, 2016
  • by Admin

There is some good news for Michigan restaurants trying to obtain a liquor license. On November 3, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 315 of 2016, which amends the Michigan Liquor Code and expands the use of Conditional Liquor Licenses. As many restaurateurs […]

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Employers Should Prepare for DOL Rules on Exempt Employees and Overtime Effective Dec. 1, 2016

  • October 20, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Back in May, I wrote about the newly issued Department of Labor Regulations regarding increased salary thresholds for exempt employees and overtime. In September 2016, Attorney Generals from 21 states, including Michigan, filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas against the United States Department […]

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Starting a Restaurant in Detroit : Legal & Administrative Restaurant Startup Checklist

  • September 26, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last year, I wrote about the top six legal considerations for opening and running a restaurant in Detroit. Those considerations still remain relevant today. In addition to the legal considerations I previously blogged about, there is a laundry list of administrative items that one must consider and […]

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The Field Hosts Kickoff Event

  • August 16, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last night, my fellow board members and I hosted the inaugural event of The Field: Detroit’s Culinary Collaborative at Detroit City Distillery. It was a fun evening, where I had the pleasure of moderating a lively panel discussion with Alexandra Clark of Bon Bon Bon, David Vermiglio […]

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Detroit to implement “pink zones” to spur commercial development

  • August 15, 2016
  • by Admin

Detroit Planning and Development officials recently announced a project intended to revive Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors while simultaneously easing the City’s notorious bureaucratic hurdles. The project, called “Pink Zoning Detroit,” aims to simplify the City’s outdated and complex land use and zoning regulations and reduce the […]

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New I-9 Penalties Raise Stakes for Restaurants

  • August 9, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

One of the biggest challenges facing restaurant operators is finding reliable employees. Perhaps it is not a new issue, but it is one of the most common complaints I hear from nearly every type of restaurant. With that challenge, managers are often presented with the […]

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