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Five Stories that Matter in Michigan This Week – December 2, 2022

  1. New Michigan NIL Legislation Takes Effect December 31, 2022

Michigan House Bill 5217 which was passed into law in 2020, takes effect December 31, 2022 and sets new standards for how student-athletes can earn compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”) in Michigan.

Why it Matters: Student-athletes, covered higher education institutions, and businesses must ensure that NIL deal comply not only with NCAA rules and regulations, but also with the new standards that will apply in the State of Michigan starting in 2023. For example, higher education institutions are prohibited from paying a student-athlete compensation directly for the use of their NIL rights, or revoking or reducing a student-athlete’s athletic scholarship because they earned compensation from an NIL deal.


  1. FTC Safeguards Rule Deadline Extended, But Don’t Wait to Implement Data Security Compliance Protocols

The Federal Trade Commission recently extended the deadline, from December 9, 2022, to June 9, 2023, for compliance with the most stringent requirements of its latest rulemaking, revisions to the Safeguards Rule under the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (“the GLBA”).

Why it Matters: The GLBA, which was implemented over 20 years ago, defines how businesses gather, use, and share certain financial information about their customers. The Safeguards Rule establishes certain data security requirements for how a business stores that information. Learn more from our Fraser Trebilcock attorneys on the matter.


  1. The Demise of the Open and Obvious Defense? (Michigan’s Evolution of Premises Liability Law

Premises liability cases are often litigated in Michigan with considerable difficulty. In a premises liability claim, a possessor of land owes a duty to an invitee to exercise reasonable care to protect them from an unreasonable risk of harm caused by a dangerous condition on the land. However, plaintiffs frequently find difficulty in successfully making claims under a premises liability theory due to the “open and obvious” defense.

Why it Matters: Michigan courts have traditionally held that the hazards presented by snow, snow-covered ice, and observable ice are open and obvious and do not impose a duty on the premises possessor to warn of or remove the hazard. However, the courts appear to be slowly eroding this traditional approach. Learn more on the subject.


  1. Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Prevailing Wage Policy Upheld by Court of Claims

On March 1, 2022, the State of Michigan began to require state contractors and subcontractors to pay prevailing wage on construction-based contracts issued by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget (“DTMB”). The directive established the following guidelines for when the payment of a prevailing wage is required.

Why it Matters: In October, the Michigan Court of Claims sided with the state and ruled that DTMB did not violate the law when it implemented its prevailing wage policy. The court granted DTMB’s motion for summary disposition, resulting in the dismissal of the case.


  1. EEOC Issues New Workplace “Know Your Rights” Poster

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued an updated “Know Your Rights” workplace poster. Employers with more than 15 workers are required to display the poster, which can be found here, in their workplace. The updated poster identifies and summarizes laws that protect workers from discrimination and retaliation, and explains how employees or applicants can file a complaint if they believe that they have experienced discrimination.

Why it Matters: Employment law is a constantly evolving area, so it’s important for employers to stay abreast of new developments, such as this updated poster requirement from the EEOC. Contact a member of our Labor, Employment & Civil Rights team with any questions.

Related Practice Groups and Professionals

Higher Education | Ryan Kauffman
Business & Tax | Robert Burgee
Insurance Law | Laura DeMarco
Labor, Employment & Civil Rights | Aaron Davis