April 2021 Issue
TCBN Roundtable: Four female business leaders discuss pandemic, diversity and more
The future is female.
That phrase has been a popular one over the past several years, in reference to everything from politics to entertainment. It could also be accurately applied to Traverse City, where women are growing their presence in the local business community in exciting and dynamic ways.
For TCBN’s annual women in business issue, we met with four of the brightest stars in local business in a virtual roundtable that touched upon pandemic challenges and silver linings, diversity and equity, and more.
Our panel includes: Dawn Olsen, spa director and director of recreation at Grand Traverse Resort and …
Graceland Fruit 'Focused and on a Great Path'
For nearly 50 years, Graceland Fruit has played an important role in the Up North tart cherry industry. Founded as a growers’ cooperative that processed and helped market the annual harvest, the company later pioneered fruit drying processes that helped create year-round utilization of fruit.
Graceland’s main business has always been supplying the food industry with ingredients. On the side, the company also sold its own branded products, which in addition to cherries grew to …
Covid-19 Whistleblower Litigation is Surging: Workplace safety compliance reduces employer exposure
In Michigan, an employee alleging whistleblower retaliation pertaining to COVID-19-related workplace safety issues may file an action in court pursuant to Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) or a complaint with Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
From Jan. 30, 2020 to March 17, 2021, whistleblower retaliation cases represented the largest category of COVID-19-related litigation filed in Michigan courts, accounting for 37% of such litigation and ranking Michigan sixth in the nation for whistleblower filings …
Drones, IUDs and Sex Tapes: High profile Northern Michigan court cases could set precedents
The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped legal cases from proceeding through the courts. In northern Michigan, cases involving constitutional rights, personal health and technology could set precedents, while another netted a large settlement.
Long Lake Township v. Todd and Heather Maxon
On March 5, 2018, Todd Maxon was in his backyard when he heard a drone flying overhead. He had a suspicion who might be flying the remote aircraft, so he drove to the Long …