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.


Court Dismisses FOIA Appeal

In Davis v City of Detroit, an unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals decision released earlier this week, the court dismissed the Plaintiff’s case and upheld sanctions against him.  The matter involved a FOIA request, a second request for information brought under the Michigan Constitution, and a frivolous lawsuit.  The relevant facts are as follows. Plaintiff
Earlier this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals released its unpublished decision in Burkhardt v Flint Community Schools.  The Plaintiffs were two experienced, female, white teachers who alleged that they were discriminated against on the basis of age, sex, and race in violation of the Elliott‑Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA). Plaintiffs were teachers at Mott
In January, the U.S. Department of Labor released a final rule to aid employers in determining whether they may be “joint employers.”  The rule took effect on March 16, 2020.  Prior to its release, DOL’s previous regulation on the topic had not been updated for over 60 years. Joint employer status is particularly important relative
Executive Order 2020-15 Permits Electronic School Board Meetings; Excuses Schools Boards from Monthly Meeting Requirements On March 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-15 which allows all public bodies, including school boards, to conduct meetings electronically so long as members of the public can communicate with the board during the meetings.  Alternatively, the


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