Notwithstanding some tendencies and practices to the contrary (not within your district, of course), the Michigan Open Meetings Act does not authorize a board of education to meet in closed session whenever a “personnel matter” is to be considered. This catch-all phrase is simply not found within the text of the OMA.


Once upon a time, agency shop provisions were commonplace in Michigan collective bargaining agreements.  Such provisions required employees to either join a union or pay nonmember fees, usually as a requirement to maintain employment.  After Michigan’s Right to Work legislation passed in 2012, agency shop provisions became unenforceable.  Seven years later, agency shop language is
The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a case involving a Michigan school district and its bus driver employee.  In the unpublished case of Kroll v DeMorrow (No. 341895), a Montague Area Public Schools student was injured at her bus stop when she was struck by a private vehicle.  The bus driver, DeMorrow, allegedly failed
Scams seeking sensitive personal information seem to be constant in our country.  Emails from supposed Nigerian princes, phone calls on behalf of loved ones allegedly in jail and needing bail money, and other outlandish attempts to separate us from our money have become just another part of daily life.  But subtler scams are commonplace as
Corporate behemoth Amazon has been throwing its weight around in the state of Washington.  On Tuesday, a bill passed the Washington Senate, intended to partially prohibit non‑compete clauses.  Such clauses are common in the tech world and other employment areas, and they stop employees from working for competitors or starting competitive businesses for an agreed‑upon


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