Minimum Wage and Sick Time Initiatives Fair to Workers or Unfair to Employers?

When the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature voted to adopt measures that would boost the state’s minimum wage, eliminate the tipped minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick leave, it might have appeared to be a victory for those who support those initiatives. It isn’t that simple, however. Michigan lawmakers adopted the two proposals with […]

Got Jobs? Dairy Plants Bolster Employment in St. Johns Area

Ground has broken on two new dairy processing plants that are expected to add about 300 new dairy industry jobs in St. Johns by October 2020 thanks to recent state and local government approval.  Select Milk Producers Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America are partnering with Glanbia plc, a global nutrition group based in Ireland, […]

Creating a Diversified Workforce

More employers than ever before are becoming aware of the ways a diverse workplace can benefit the bottom line. Employers with a diverse team find that ideas and solutions can be fuller and richer, not to mention more plentiful when they come from a wide range of perspectives and experiences. It’s also good for both […]

Federal law requiring food assistance recipients to work expanded

All able-bodied Michigan residents ages 18-49 without dependents who receive food assistance will now have to show they are either working or participating in another approved activity. The newly expanded policy went into effect Oct. 1, and was previously applicable to only 14 Michigan counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Clinton, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, […]

Getting Off the Ground

After years of starts and stalls, the redevelopment of a visible and vital piece of real estate in East Lansing appears to be moving forward with an elaborate project that includes a hotel, retail and residential space, parking and a public plaza. What has previously been referred to as the Park District Planning Area at […]

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