27 May 2021

New Jersey Supreme Court to Hear Catholic Schoo...

On May 18, 2021 the Supreme Court of New Jersey agreed to hear a Catholic school teacher’s gender bias suit.  The case, Crisitello v. St. Theresa School, has circulated multiple times amongst the lower courts, and now the Supreme Court of New Jersey will determine whether Petitioner, Crisitello, was terminated in violation of the New […]

26 May 2021

Policies for employees who don’t work in-person...

Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey discuss managing employees who do not work in the office, and suggest best practices for remote work policies, including some new rules based on what we’ve learned during the pandemic. For employers who now have remote workers in other states, they also discuss Miller Johnson’s Compliance […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
21 May 2021

Michigan Court of Appeals Closes Potential FOIA...

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals published its decision in Traverse City Record-Eagle v Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education, a case involving a significant loophole in the way the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA) interact. Shortly after the hiring of Traverse City Area Public Schools […]

12 May 2021

Remote, Full Office or Hybrid? Big Name Employe...

Weighing remote and in-person options for your organization? Miller Johnson employment attorneys Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey review what companies like Citigroup, Apple, TIAA and Ford are planning. You can also listen to this and future episodes by subscribing to “The Lawyers Off the Clock” podcast on: 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
19 April 2021

Michigan Court of Appeals Allows Teacher Aide t...

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its unpublished opinion in Harlan v Detroit Public Schools Community School District, a case involving a teacher’s aide (Harlan) who was terminated for allegedly falsifying a report of assault committed by a student.   The pertinent facts are as follows. At the end of the school day, Harlan […]

14 April 2021

Introducing: Lawyers Off the Clock (Ep 1)

Employment Lawyers Talk Off the Clock with Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willey features real conversations between employment and labor lawyers on the hot topics employers face on a daily basis. Join to watch Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss workforce issues from hiring, retention, safety and health to policy interpretations on PTO, leave, and personnel […]

12 April 2021

Sixth Circuit Allows Professor to Move Forward ...

In a recent case, Meriwether v. Hartop, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressed the important issue of pronoun policies in educational settings.  Meriwether, a professor at Shawnee State University, objected to a university policy requiring employees to refer to students by their preferred pronouns.  Meriwether sought an accommodation for his sincerely held […]

19 March 2021

California Enacts COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Si...

On Thursday, March 18, the California legislature passed SB-95 that requires many employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees.  Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law almost immediately, and it will go into effect 10 days later.  Here’s what you need to know. Applicability SB-95 applies […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
18 March 2021

No Case for Wheelchair-Bound Student Who Collid...

In a recent unpublished case, Storck v. Washtenaw Indep. Sch. Dist., the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case involving a wheelchair‑bound student, Ivan Williams, Jr., who suffered an injury while at school.  While being unloaded from the bus after a school trip, the assistant working with Williams placed the wheelchair toward an […]

US Capitol Building in Washington DC
04 March 2021

What the American Rescue Plan means for K-12

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a comprehensive COVID-19 economic relief package. Subtitle A of Title II of the ARP includes proposed funding relief as it relates to education.  The ARP provides about $170 billion in relief for elementary, secondary, and higher education, with approximately $128.6 billion specifically […]