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) recently held that a public school math teacher concurrently employed as a track coach could proceed with a grievance related to non‑renewal of his coaching position.  In Marion Ed Ass’n, Case No. CU17 E‑016, Marion Public Schools chose not to renew Timothy Mitchell as a track coach after Mr. Mitchell
In a matter of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit considered whether the statute of limitations applicable to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act could be shortened by an employment contract.  In its decision in Logan v MGM Grand Detroit Casino, __ F3d ___ (2019), the federal appellate
On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a new final rule that updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.  The rule, which reflects the first time that the thresholds have
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”) released four relevant decisions in August.   In three cases, the MERC adopted the Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) decision and dismissed the charging party’s claims in full.  In one case, the MERC adopted the ALJ’s decision finding the Employer engaged in violations of the PERA.  Summaries of these decisions are


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