03BUTT, 0GIVEN, and OHMYGOD are just some of the 20,000-plus words the Michigan Department of State won’t allow. According to MLive.com, these words are just too crude, political, or dirty for Michigan license plates.
Some are pretty obvious why they were rejected and I won’t retype them, but you can see the whole list here. Others are a bit of a stretch that I think is a little over-cautious. Is “OHHHHH” really that bad? Does the MDS think that’s sexual?
Per the state law the following rules apply when you want that new vanity plate:
Are profane, obscene, sexually explicit or graphic, excretory-related or depicting a swear word
Describe intimate body parts
Describe drugs or alcohol, including their use or culture (ex. ‘M00NSHN’)
Describe illegal activities or illegal substances (ex. ‘MAFIA’)
Substantially interfere with law enforcement’s IDing of plates
Disparage, promote or condone hate or violence against a business, group or person (ex. ‘H8C0PS’)
Conflict with Michigan’s license plate number system
No WIENER Michigan plate for you sir!
The Secretary of State actually has 25 employees and their job is to review these license plates. I would love to sit in on those meetings. Or that Zoom. You know it has to be a Zoom meeting. “Okay next up on the list is DCKBUT, yay or nay?” A bunch of rumbling then the hilarious name you spent your entire bathroom break coming up with is BANNED!
There’s a 3 step process to get your plate approved. The above team reviews and flags all the violations. Another compiles all the flagged plates and sends them to a committee that has a final decision. Then another committee considers alternate options.
Your plates will be banned for being politically charged. You mess with a company’s logo or brand and that can also be banned. For example “E1NER” on a Western Michigan University plate because W of the logo completes the “naughty word”. I mean come on, WIENER? Remember when Kramer on Seinfeld was the Assman? Bet that wouldn’t work with our MDS!
Maybe you don’t even need to show off your plates with these remote jobs
Michigan's Top 15 Companies for Remote Jobs in 2023
If working remote is your thing, then you’ll want to take note of the companies hiring most work-at-home employees right now, and some of them are in Michigan. Obviously, the pandemic also cause a lot of people to decide they would rather permanently work at home as opposed to being in an office each day.
FlexJobs has released its 10th annual “Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs” list. In the study, they note that between 2021 and 2022, “FlexJobs saw a 20% increase in the number of remote job listings on the site, compared with just 12% the previous year. And with the wider adoption of remote work came more variety in job titles and career levels. While a majority of positions were for experienced-level jobs (62%), manager and senior-level roles claimed 32% of the remote job listings. The remaining 6% of postings were attributed to entry-level jobs.”
This year’s list features some companies that have been on the tally a long time and others that are new. As for the job categories, “With remote work shifting from a pandemic-era policy to a permanent business solution throughout 2022, this year’s top career categories reflect the wide-scale adoption of remote work across various industries.” The career fields that saw the most significant growth in 2022, according to the study, are accounting & finance (31%), HR & recruiting (22%), and marketing (20%). They note that “modest growth” was also seen among computer & IT, project management and medical & health. One popular remote job field, customer service, did however experience a drop of 6% from 2021.
So, which companies are hiring the most at-home workers right now? Read the list of the top 15 below. I recognize many of these names, but there are a few companies that I don’t. Either way, it appear there are great job opportunities at all of these firms. Also, while many of these companies are not based in Michigan, since the work is largely remote, many of them offer jobs for residents. Find the full list and more information via FlexJobs here.
FlexJobs says, “Kforce is a professional solutions firm that builds and manages elite teams within technology, finance, and accounting with top employers nationwide. Flexible work opportunities at Kforce have included short-term and long-term, temporary assignments; freelance roles; flexible schedules; and hybrid and 100% remote jobs. These jobs have been posted in the HR & recruiting industry and other fields for candidates with role-related skills, experience, and training.”
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14. Cactus Communications
FlexJobs says, “Summed up in four words—science, technology, global, and impact—Cactus Communications is on a mission to spread research and accelerate scientific advancement through innovative communication and technology solutions. Recipient of two bronze Stevie Awards and named one of India’s Great Midsize Workplaces by Great Place to Work Institute, Cactus Communications has been distinguished many times as a company and an employer.”
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FlexJobs says, “BELAY is a virtual solutions company founded by husband-and-wife duo Bryan and Shannon Miles in 2010. An entirely remote team, including everyone ‘from the corporate team in mid-Atlanta” to “contractors all over the U.S.,’ BELAY is dedicated to offering workplace flexibility as a part of both its company culture and recruiting process ‘because it allows and empowers’ everyone on the team ‘to exercise a healthy work-life balance and genuinely find joy’ in their work.”
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12. UnitedHealth Group
FlexJobs says, “UnitedHealth Group is a diversified healthcare company comprised of two businesses: United Healthcare, a provider of insurance coverage and benefits; and Optum, a leading provider of information and technology-enabled health services. As an employer, UnitedHealth Group offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and, in the past, has offered part-time, flexible schedule, temporary, and hybrid to 100% remote jobs in medical & health.”
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11. BCD Travel
FlexJobs says, “BCD Travel is a top, privately-held global travel management company owned by the BCD Group. Founded in 2006, BCD Travel helps individuals travel smart and advises travel and procurement managers on how to grow their travel programs. The company boasts an industry-leading client retention rate of 97% and annual sales of more than $20 billion. Headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, BCD Travel serves clients across the globe, maintaining operations in over 110 countries across six continents. In the past, BCD Travel has hired for temporary, occasional, alternative schedule, hybrid, and remote jobs in travel & hospitality.”
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FlexJobs says, “A global business specializing in customer experiences, Transcom offers customer care, technical support, sales, and credit management services. As an employer, the company leads a team of around 30,000 people and offers a competitive salary and benefits package to eligible associates. Furthermore, Transcom promotes a healthy work-life balance and provides benefits that enable staffers to grow careers “while working from the comfort and convenience” of their own homes.”
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FlexJobs says, “TranscribeMe!, founded in 2011, is a leading information technology and services company specializing in worldwide translation services. An advocate for flexible work arrangements, TranscribeMe! offers ‘100% remote positions’ and seeks ‘workers who are willing to learn and grow” with the company. Operating as “a 24/7 company,’ it values ‘workers in all time zones’ available ‘all hours of the day’ and employs individuals internationally.”
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8. Robert Half International
FlexJobs says, “Founded in 1948, Robert Half International is the preeminent global professional staffing and consulting firm. As an employer, Robert Half has been recognized among FlexJobs’ 100 Top Companies With Remote Jobs, distinguished by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the Best Places to Work, and ranked as one of the 50 Happiest Companies in America by CareerBliss.”
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FlexJobs says, “Founded in 1986, Sutherland is a global process transformation company that ‘rethinks and rebuilds processes for the digital age.’ As an employer, Sutherland prefers driven professionals passionate about excellence who embrace technology, demonstrate exceptional communication skills and independence, and can ‘thrive without face-to-face interaction.'”
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FlexJobs says, “Williams-Sonoma, a multichannel specialty retailer of quality home products, was established in 1956 by Chuck Williams. The company operates retail stores throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Australia and is among the largest ecommerce retailers in the United States. As an employer, Williams-Sonoma seeks “new energy and ideas” and fosters a company environment that celebrates customer satisfaction, success, inclusiveness, a sense of purpose and urgency, an entrepreneurial spirit, and continuous improvement.”
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FlexJobs says, “Since 1946, Kelly has pioneered workforce solutions in the staffing industry, connecting skilled workers with top businesses and Fortune 100 companies in a broad range of industries. An equal opportunity employer that promotes nontraditional workstyles, the organization offers a comprehensive range of flexible work arrangements in and beyond the HR & recruiting field, including direct-hire, freelance, part-time, temporary-to-hire, hybrid, and 100% remote, work-from-home opportunities.”
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4. CVS Health
FlexJobs says, “CVS Health is a leading healthcare company, operating CVS Specialty, CVS Pharmacy, CVS MinuteClinic, and CVS Caremark. In 2018, CVS combined forces with healthcare company Aetna, marking a transformative shift in its history and mission to improve the consumer healthcare experience.”
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FlexJobs says, “Founded as TeleTech in 1982, TTEC is a leading business process outsourcing company. After experiencing rapid growth, including 300% growth in its global workforce, the company rebranded in 2018 to improve bottom lines by combining strategic consulting, service design, technology platforms, and operations excellence. As an employer, TTEC offers careers with opportunities for professional development and career growth.”
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2. Working Solutions
FlexJobs says, “Founded in 1996, Working Solutions is a provider of on-demand sales and customer service agents who work from home. An “on-demand workforce expert,” the company believes that flexible work arrangements translate to decreased overhead expenses, “a borderless recruiting pool,” and more focused and productive team members.”
Working Solutions' customized, multichannel support solutions and professional agent workforce will manage your fluctuating sales and customer service needs. We are a recognized leader in on-demand customer service outsourcing with over 25 years of success in providing excellent experiences for our clients' customers.
FlexJobs says, “Liveops is a virtual call center offering on-demand virtual agents for enterprise sales and customer service needs. Fully remote, hybrid, and freelance opportunities at Liveops provide ‘unparalleled flexibility and work-life balance.’ Previous openings have been posted in areas like medical & health, customer service, sales, and insurance, and Liveops’ call center jobs ‘put agents in the driver’s seat, giving them the flexibility to be self-employed.'” They add that Liveops agents “can work around their lives by creating their own schedules, so they decide how many hours to work, and when.”
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FlexJobs is excited to announce its 10th annual Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs list! For over a decade, FlexJobs has tracked and analyzed remote job postings to help connect job seekers with remote career opportunities.
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