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12 October 2021

Miller Johnson’s Cannabis Law Practice De...

Miller Johnson has debuted Legal Weeds, a new video log introducing the firm’s Cannabis Law practice. This vlog series is the latest effort furthering Miller Johnson’s success in informing and educating businesses in the cannabis industry. Shoran Reid Williams and Joslin Monahan, co-chairs of Miller Johnson’s Cannabis Law practice, introduce the group’s services in the […]

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10 September 2021

Court of Appeals: No Case Against School in Tap...

In a recent unpublished decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned the decision of a trial court judge which would have allowed a student’s parents to pursue intentional and negligent tort claims against a school district, its superintendent, and a building principal.  The allegations animating the case were straightforward.  Abdul‑Sattar Dannaoui was a preschool student […]

27 August 2021

Sixth Circuit Ruling Suggests Mask Mandates Are...

On August 23, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the attempt of a Lansing nonpublic school, Resurrection School, and related individuals to challenge last school year’s MDHHS mask mandate.  The Plaintiffs attempted to enjoin further mask mandates in schools, citing alleged violations of constitutional entitlements to free exercise of religion, substantive due process, […]

25 August 2021

Can FMLA Apply To Someone Working Overtime? (&#...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss Non-COVID FMLA questions that are popping up as workforces are stressed in our tight labor market. Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts: 

11 August 2021

How Pres Biden’s Executive Order Could Change N...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss what changes could be in store for non-compete clauses in employment contracts. You can also listen to this and future episodes by subscribing to “The Lawyers Off the Clock” podcast on: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts:

05 August 2021

Reminder: Schools Must Display Suicide Preventi...

Last October, the Michigan Legislature passed the Save Our Students Act, which mandates certain requirements for school districts in an effort to prevent youth suicide and facilitate student access to supports. Included in the law is a requirement that, effective October 15, 2021, school districts that offer any of grades 6-12 and that issue identification […]

02 August 2021

OCR Issues Title IX Q&A

After the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) held a virtual public hearing on Title IX, it published a questions-and-answers (Q&A) resource to provide clarification to schools under the current regulations. The resource sheds some light on general obligations, the definition of sexual harassment, and the process of handling cases and responding to […]

28 July 2021

How Will Pres Biden’s Proposed Fed Paid Family ...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey are joined by fellow Miller Johnson attorney, Matt O’Rourke, to discuss what we know so far about President Biden’s proposed plan to offer federal paid time off for family and medical leave. For employers who now have remote workers in other states, they also discuss Miller […]

26 July 2021

Sixth Circuit: School Board Policies on Public ...

Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit published its decision in Ison v. Madison Local School District Board of Education, addressing the censorship of offensive or critical speech at a public meeting involving a public body or its members.  The court opined that prohibiting speech simply because it may […]