Terms and Conditions

LEGAL INFORMATION

The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (“TIA”) maintains this website to give public access to TIA information. This service is continually under development. While we try to keep the information timely and accurate, your reliance on the information is at your sole risk. The TIA reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without any obligation, to make improvements to; revise, delete or amend; or correct any error or omissions related to the information contained on this website.

By visiting this TIA website, you agree to these terms and policies.

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Neither the TIA, nor any of its employees or agents shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described or contained within the website and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information. In no event shall the TIA, or its employees or agents be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of the information contained on this website. The user agrees to hold the TIA and its employees or agents harmless from and against any damage, loss, or liability arising from any use of the information contained on this website.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

All information contained on this website is provided “as is.” All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination from computer viruses, freedom from uninterrupted and error free service, and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed.

DISCLAIMER FOR EXTERNAL LINKS

Certain links on the website lead to resources located on servers or websites maintained by third parties over whom we have no control. Accordingly, we accept no responsibility or liability for any of the material contained on those servers or the accuracy or legality of information contained on other websites.

Links to other websites do not constitute an endorsement from the TIA. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other websites.

The TIA will decide whether to grant requests for TIA website links.

INFORMATION AND MATERIALS PROVIDED TO THE TIA

The TIA does not claim ownership of the information or materials you provide, post, upload, input or submit to the website (“Submissions”), unless otherwise provided under a written agreement with the TIA or other terms and conditions included on this website. In any event, by providing, posting, uploading, inputting, or submitting your Submissions, you are granting the TIA permission to use your Submissions in connection with its operations including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submissions.

No compensation will be paid for the use of your Submissions, as provided herein. The TIA is under no obligation to post or use any Submissions you may provide and may remove any Submissions at any time in its sole discretion.

By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submissions you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submissions as described herein including, but not limited to, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.

As a public body, the TIA is subject to the requirements under the Freedom of Information Act; therefore, it is required to maintain many documents as public records. These records are generally open to the public for inspection. You should assume that your Submissions are non-confidential and are open to public inspection.

ACCURACY OF DATA

The information contained on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes may be made to the information contained on this website. If you have obtained information from the TIA from a source other than the TIA, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution.

NO PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

Information received via the TIA website and servers should not be relied upon for personal, legal or financial decisions and you should consult an appropriate professional for specific advice tailored to your situation.

COPYRIGHTS

No copyrighted material may be distributed, downloaded, modified, reused, copied, reproduced, transferred, displayed, reposted, transmitted, disseminated, sold, published, broadcast or circulated or otherwise used except as expressly stated either in such materials or in this notice without the express written permission of the TIA.

TIA materials may be copied and distributed for personal, noncommercial, informational purposes only. Copied materials must remain intact and include the following notice in a clearly visible position: “Copyright © 2015 Talent Investment Agency.” This permission to copy and distribute materials does not extend to materials owned by other content providers that appear on the TIA website.

Reproduction, copying, or redistribution for commercial purposes of any materials on the TIA website is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the TIA. If you wish to request permission to use materials in a manner otherwise prohibited by the terms of this section, please contact TIA as indicated below:

Workforce Development Agency
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
201 North Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48913

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY

Michigan recognizes the importance of making its digital government services available to the largest possible audience and has attempted to design the Michigan.gov website to be accessible by everyone. This website was coded to comply with both the Americans With Disabilities Act and conformance level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Users who wish to view these specifications can do so at: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Along with conformance level AA compliance, efforts have been made to ensure compatibility with common technologies utilized by the adaptive community. This site has been tested for compliance with screen magnification software, screen-reading software, and text-only browsers.

Michigan will continue to test future releases of this site and remains committed to maintaining its compliance and serving the widest possible audience for Michigan's digital government services.

If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please email talentconnect@michigan.gov and let us know the accessibility issue you are having. We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible.

OTHER

In the event of a conflict between this legal information and specific terms and conditions contained within a separate document, the specific terms and conditions shall control.

Any dispute regarding the use of the TIA’s website and its privacy and use policies shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan (without regard to conflict of law principles). All legal proceedings arising out of or in connection with this Terms of Use shall be brought solely in the Court of Claims or federal court located in Ingham County, Michigan. The user expressly submits to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of said courts and consents to extra-territorial service of process.

Should any part of these Terms and Conditions be held invalid or unenforceable by a court, that portion shall be construed consistent with the applicable law and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

PRIVACY POLICY

1. Introduction

The Talent Investment Agency (“TIA”) has created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate its commitment to user privacy and online data security, and to communicate its online information gathering, use and dissemination practices for users of the TIA websites (the “TIA websites”). Please take the time to read and understand our Privacy Policy so that you can understand how we treat your personal information. TIA reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy at any time in its sole discretion. TIA will post any changes to the Privacy Policy. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this Privacy Policy and all such changes. Continued use of the TIA websites after any such changes have been posted shall constitute your agreement to such changes. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms of TIA's “Legal Information” for the websites, which can be found at www.michigan.gov/tia.

2. Information Collected

a. Information Automatically

Collected If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the TIA websites, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. This information may include, but is not limited to, your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by the TIA for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the TIA websites. To enhance your experience on the TIA websites, the TIA uses a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie.” Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the TIA websites, cookies help the TIA track user trends and patterns. Cookies also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of the TIA websites when you have entered preference information before. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.

b. Information You Provide to Us

If you choose to provide us with personal information either while on the TIA websites, or in responding via email or completing a survey in connection with a feature provided on the TIA websites, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with information that you request. TIA does not capture any such personal information without your knowledge or consent. This information may include demographics, first name and email address.

Under no circumstances will the TIA request your social security number or bank account information when visiting the TIA websites. Under certain circumstances (e.g. event registrations), you may be asked to provide your credit/debit card number. All transactions involving your credit/debit card number are conducted using a (SSL) Secure Socket Layer connection. This connection provides increased security to the information as it is transmitted to our websites. We will only use your credit/debit card number for the processing of our payment.

With your permission, we may share your personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. In no event will we release your credit/debit card number. If you register for an event, the information you provide in your registration will be shared with the coordinator for that event.

Except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy, any information you submit will not be shared with, disclosed or distributed to third parties, except that TIA may disclose your personal information when required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena, in response to a Michigan Freedom of Information Act request, when requested by a law enforcement agency and/or when TIA has reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with the rights or property of another.

3. TIA's Protection and Use of Your Personal Information

Except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy, if you choose to provide TIA with personal information, TIA will only use that personal information within its organization to respond to your specific request or email, and to inform you of various programs, activities or services. TIA will store this personal information in its secure database, and will take appropriate measures to safeguard personal information against unauthorized disclosure or use.

4. Opt-Out Policy

You have the option to opt out of being contacted by or receiving information from TIA, its sponsors, affiliates and/or partners, and to choose how TIA uses your personal information. You may also review, update and correct your personal information. You may exercise these options by sending an email with your request to talentconnect@michigan.gov.

5. Exceptions to Protection of Personal Information

TIA's obligations under this Privacy Policy do not apply to any information or data that: (a) is not identifiable as yours; (b) is or becomes entirely in the public domain; (c) was known to the TIA prior to its access to the information or data; (d) received lawfully from a third party through no breach of any obligation of confidentiality owed to you; and/or (e) created by TIA independently of its access to, or use of, your personal information.

6. Security

TIA has put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information we collect online.

7. Links to Other Sites

The TIA websites have links to other websites. Once you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new website.

8. Additional Information

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy or the practices of the TIA websites should be directed to TIA by emailing such questions to talentconnect@michigan.gov.