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.


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
A recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court serves as an excellent reminder to pay attention to the details of a claim, beginning at the earliest point in a case.  In Fort Bend Co v Davis, ___ U.S. ___ (2019), the Court held that Title VII’s charge‑filing requirement is not jurisdictional in nature. For those
The Associated Press reports the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a “Statement of Interest” supporting three Maine families suing the state for refusing to pay high school tuition to religious high schools for students who live in school districts that do not have their own high schools.  Maine has long interpreted its


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