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.


Get To Know Donna Tinberg

Hometown:  St. Joseph (as a child) and Northville (my adult life) Hobbies:  Gardening, reading, creative cooking, playing the organ and learning to play the washboard Favorite Movies:  The blockbusters from 1939—-Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz Favorite Place you’ve traveled:  New Orleans (a “must” every year!) One item on your “bucket list”:  A
Lusk Albertson was recently recognized by state-wide business outlet Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s 2019 Economic Bright Spots. We continue to explore innovative and effective ways to provide legal solutions so teachers can teach and students can learn. Thank you to Corp! for honoring our firm. For more information on the Corp! Magazine and
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”) released three decisions of note in June – two of which adopted Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) decisions after the relevant parties failed to file exceptions.  Summaries of these decisions are as follows: Wayne State Univ, Case No. C17 H-073.  The Union filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging the University engaged
On one of the last days for opinions in its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Kisor v Wilkie, a case involving the esoteric question of whether, and to what degree, courts must defer to agency interpretations of their own rules.  “Agency deference” is the concept that an agency has more


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