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Public Schools

We recognize that the legal needs of a public school district are diverse. Our attorneys have experience and expertise in a wide variety of legal disciplines pertinent to issues faced by public school districts. Lawyers in our office have represented school districts, colleges and universities, and municipalities throughout Michigan.

The types of matters which we have handled for public school districts include the following:

  • Employment and labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, fact finding, and unfair labor practice litigation before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission
  • Litigation in all state and federal courts and before administrative agencies
  • Union campaigns and elections
  • Bonds and other public finance matters
  • Elections, including millage proceedings
  • Open Meetings Act issues
  • Freedom of Information Act issues
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act compliance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and disability accommodations
  • Compliance with wage/hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Inter-governmental agency relationships, agreements, contracts, and joint ventures
  • Policies and administrative guidelines for boards of education
  • Employee handbooks
  • Tax and related issues, including assistance with state audits
  • Student affairs issues
  • Student and employee discipline and investigations
  • Issues affecting parent, booster, and auxiliary groups
  • Harassment/bullying
  • Title IX compliance
  • Administration of collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitration
  • Constitutional issues
  • Occupational safety and health investigations
  • Freedom to work and union dues issues
  • Teacher tenure charges
  • Unemployment claims
  • Real estate related matters
  • Contract drafting, negotiation, enforcement, and dispute resolution
  • Severance agreements and employment contracts
  • Employee benefits and benefit plans, including section 125 cafeteria plans, section 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plans, and section 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Licensing and regulation
  • Federal and state grant programs
  • Legislation and administrative regulations, including drafting, lobbying, and testimony
  • Internet and e-commerce issues 


  • Feb 23 2017
    U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Enforcement Guidance on Access to Public School Restrooms By Transgender Students

    By: Kurt M. Graham

  • Feb 22 2017
    Jennifer Puplava's Data Protection Officer Article is Posted on Grand Rapids Business Journal's Legal Blog
  • Feb 22 2017
    Take Another Look At That Contract

    By: Michael J. Huff

  • Feb 22 2017
    “21st Century Cures Act” Impacts Small Employers

    By: David R. Fernstrum

  • Feb 17 2017
    Does Your Business Need a Data Protection Officer?

    By: Jennifer A. Puplava

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