Michigan Dower Rights Abolished

February 1, 2017 Michigan had been the only remaining state in the country to recognize dower rights in a wife, but not reciprocal rights in her husband. At long last, on January 6, 2017, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law SB 558 and SB 560 abolish… Read More
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Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Case Regarding PA 152, Grants Leave in Shelby Township v Command Officers Association of Michigan

On February 3, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court granted Shelby Township’s application for leave to appeal the December 15, 2015 Court of Appeals judgment affirming the MERC decision in the matter of Shelby Township v Command Officers of Michigan, 2… Read More
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New I-9 Form Required

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of the Form I-9 (version dated 11/14/2016) which must be filled out for all new employees hired on or after 1/22/2017 and for reverification of current employees wh… Read More
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Further Protection for Family Assets

On December 8, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 0597, the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act, into law, which became Public Act 0330 of 2016.  This Act validates the formation of asset protection trusts in Michigan and makes qualified contr… Read More
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Categories: Case Alerts, KT

DOJ and DOE Extend Broad Protections to Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter extending broad protections to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). According to… Read More
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KT Attorney Lauri Read Wins Significant Workers Compensation Trial

Lauri Read recently tried a case testing the definition of disability under Stokes v Chrysler Corp as codified in the Michigan Worker’s Disability Compensation Act 2011 amendments. The trial included fourteen medical and vocational depositions, ove… Read More
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Attorney Steve Schwartz wins in the Court of Appeals

                Employment lawsuits based upon claims of discrimination or breach of contract expose employers to significant liability.  Defense of those lawsuits are time consuming and distract key management’s focus from the core… Read More
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Recent 6th Circuit Case Has Implications For Retiree Healthcare Benefits

The Sixth Circuit has issued a decision which significantly impacts the question of whether retiree healthcare benefits provided under expired collective bargaining agreements are vested for life, or whether the benefits can later be altered or elimi… Read More
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KELLER THOMA CLIENT PREVAILS IN SIGNIFICANT ARBITRATION CASE REGARDING PROHIBITED SUBJECTS OF BARGAINING IN TEACHER LAYOFFS

In a recently issued Arbitration Opinion and Award, one of Keller Thoma’s school district clients prevailed in a case involving teacher layoffs, which is a prohibited subject of bargaining under Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act (PERA).… Read More
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Keller Thoma Client Prevails in Arbitration Case Involving Health Care Changes Required by the Affordable Care Act

Conflicts between bargaining agreements and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are becoming increasingly common – especially where the agreement lists specific plans or benefits. A Keller Thoma client recently prevailed in a labor… Read More
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