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.


In an unpublished decision, Hindenach v Olivet College (No. 340540), the Michigan Court of Appeals found no liability for a college and professor during a school field trip to Italy.  The field trip, which lasted for 2.5 weeks and capped off an art course at Olivet, was attended by student Johnathan Hindenach.  Before the field
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission released two decisions in February that involved public school employers, unions, or individuals.  In both cases, the administrative law judges (“ALJs”) determined no unfair labor practices (“ULPs”) occurred, and the individuals that filed the ULPs opted not to file “exceptions” to appeal the decisions. In Detroit Pub Sch Comm Dist,
In a recent unpublished case, Doe v Unnamed Sch Dist (No. 340234), the Michigan Court of Appeals cleared the path for a school district to proceed with disclosure of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  The plaintiffs were “Jane Doe” and “Jane Roe,” who were allegedly “legal decision makers” for a minor elementary
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


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