Supreme Court Ends Agency Fee Deductions for Public Sector Unions

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled on the Janus v. AFSCME case; in a 5-4 decision, the Court overruled Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U.S. 209 (1977), holding that automatic agency-fee deductions violate public employees’ First Amendme…
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Schultz and Young has merged their law firm with Keller Thoma

5/7/18 – Keller Thoma is pleased to announce that Schultz and Young, P.C. has merged their law firm with Keller Thoma.  Keller Thoma is happy to welcome Gregory T. Schultz and Elizabeth A. Young.  With Gregg, joining the firm as a Partner, a…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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…
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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…
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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).…
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Keller Thoma Helps Establish A Grocery In The North

With a phone call from a respected entrepreneur client of the law firm, in early June, KELLER THOMA was called to assist with the establishment of a new retail grocery establishment in a northern Michigan resort town. The clients’ project required…
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