14 July 2021

How To Handle Political & Other Strongly H...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey are joined by Miller Johnson colleague, Nate Plantinga, to discuss the tricky nature of dealing with employees who want to express strong opinions on politics and other hot button issues. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lawyers-off-the-clock-with-rebecca-strauss-and-sarah-willey/id1561549177 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3lRrGuSriXv0LAe3Ko4tmZ?si=IPTFzeM8TquhMBOOc2lmPA Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9sYXd5ZXJzb2ZmdGhlY2xvY2subGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M

08 July 2021

Sixth Circuit: Even where IDEA does not offer r...

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit released its decision in Perez v. Sturgis Pub. Schools, No. 20-1076, a case involving a student’s claim for relief under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The case solidifies the importance of the requirement […]

07 July 2021

Ann Arbor Students Seek Class Action Suit, Alle...

Last week, families of Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) sued the school district, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), claiming special education services to which their children were entitled were not adequately provided during the pandemic. Specifically, the action contains assertions that four AAPS students between the ages of […]

01 July 2021

Webinar Recording: Schools: One More Round of ...

Attorneys Bob Schindler, Kevin Sutton and Cathy Tracey discussed a trifecta of important topics for public school clients in this webinar. First, they discussed the latest Michigan COVID 19 regulations and what they mean for schools. Second, they tackled the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. and what the decision […]

SCOTUS
30 June 2021

Supreme Court Won’t Hear School Transgender Bat...

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a case involving a transgender student – Gavin Grimm – who was banned from using the school restrooms consistent with his gender identity.  Justices Thomas and Alito would have granted certiorari and would have heard the case, but they […]

30 June 2021

What To Know About Using Temp Agencies To Fill ...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss some of the tricky rules employers need to remember with the complex relationship that comes with using workers from temp agencies. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lawyers-off-the-clock-with-rebecca-strauss-and-sarah-willey/id1561549177 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3lRrGuSriXv0LAe3Ko4tmZ?si=IPTFzeM8TquhMBOOc2lmPA Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9sYXd5ZXJzb2ZmdGhlY2xvY2subGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
28 June 2021

Tenured Teacher Loses Layoff and Recall Case

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in Sebald v Belding Area Schools, a case involving the layoff and recall of Sebald, a tenured teacher.  Sebald first became hired by the School District in 1999 and taught multiple subjects during his employment.  But, during the 2016‑2017 school year, Sebald received a rating of […]

SCOTUS
23 June 2021

United States Supreme Court Hands First Amendme...

For decades, school administrators have worked under the Tinker standard – i.e., the principle that on‑campus student free speech can only be disciplined where it causes a substantial disruption to the school environment.  Since then, the Supreme Court has weighed in on only a few student speech cases and, until today, those cases did not generally directly […]

23 June 2021

Is It Time To Re-Evaluate Your Company’s Mariju...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss what companies should consider if they are thinking about changing their marijuana rules because of the tight labor market. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lawyers-off-the-clock-with-rebecca-strauss-and-sarah-willey/id1561549177 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3lRrGuSriXv0LAe3Ko4tmZ?si=IPTFzeM8TquhMBOOc2lmPA Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9sYXd5ZXJzb2ZmdGhlY2xvY2subGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M

18 June 2021

OCR Guidance Confirms Title IX Protects LGBTQ+ ...

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released interpretive guidance confirming that Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination against students and school district employees on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, also prohibits harassment and discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender […]