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.


Most of us are familiar with collective bargaining agreements that include agreements to arbitrate grievances.  Separately, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) prohibits judicial interference with other types of arbitration agreements, including arbitration agreements between employers and individual employees.  Since the early 1990s, the US Supreme Court has repeatedly reaffirmed and broadened the scope of the
Service and comfort animals are on the rise across the country.  Although comfort animals are not provided the same rights under federal law as their service counterparts, their appearances in legal settings have become increasingly commonplace.  For example, the Midland County Probate Court made an addition to its staff in May 2017 when it hired
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a township’s board engaged in a pattern of Open Meetings Act (OMA) infractions over the course of eight years.  In Emsley v Lyon Charter Twp Bd of Trustees (Docket No. 337123), the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit after they discovered that the Lyon Charter Township board entered into
If you’ve been paying attention to the 2018‑2019 school appropriations bill that was sent through the Michigan Senate earlier this month – we fail to see who would pass up that opportunity – you might notice that there is new statutory language regulating partnership agreements between the State and certain school districts.  These partnership agreements


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