Scott Eldridge

Scott Eldridge

Miller Canfield

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Court of Appeals Holds Email Deliberations Among a “Quorum" of a Public Body Violates the Open Meetings Act

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that email deliberations among a quorum of public body members violates the Open Meetings Act. The Nov. 1, 2016, unpublished opinion was issued by a three-judge panel in the case of...more

11/15/2016 - Electronic Communications Open Meetings Act Public Access Laws

Court Clarifies Public Bodies Requirement to Provide Documents Under FOIA

A public body must respond to a FOIA request within five days, but the Michigan Court of Appeals has opined that there is no obligation to produce the requested information within that timeframe. In a June 23, 2016,...more

7/11/2016 - Appeals Delays FOIA Public Entities Public Records

New Overtime Rules Issued: Employers Must Review Status By Year-End

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule updating current overtime regulations. The final rule significantly alters the compensation levels required for executive, administrative and professional...more

5/19/2016 - DOL Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time Standard Duties Test Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Miller Canfield Secures Court Order Stopping Enforcement of Law Barring Objectively Neutral Speech by Public Officials

On February 5, 2016, United States District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara issued an Opinion and Order granting a preliminary injunction and blocking enforcement of §57(3) of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, which barred...more

2/8/2016 - Ballot Measures Campaign Finance Reform Due Process First Amendment General Elections Preliminary Injunctions Public Officials

New Law Limits Ability of Local Governments and School Districts to Communicate Regarding Ballot Questions

On January 6, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 269 of 2015 (“Act 269”), which amends the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, Act 388, Public Acts of Michigan, 1976, as amended (“Act 388”). Among other...more

1/11/2016 - Ballot Measures Broadcasting New Legislation Political Campaigns Public Funds

EEOC Proposed GINA Regulations Permit Limited Wellness Plan Incentives In Exchange For Spousal Health Data

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on October 30, 2015 to amend the federal regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act...more

11/2/2015 - Affordable Care Act Comment Period EEOC Employee Benefits GINA Health Insurance NPRM Popular Wellness Programs

Michigan Governor Signs Law Eliminating February Regular Elections

Michigan Governor Snyder signed a series of bills on June 30, 2015 amending the Michigan Election Law. The legislation eliminates the regular election date on the fourth Tuesday in February, as well as the March election in...more

7/7/2015 - Election Laws

OSHA Releases Guidance on Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide all employees with easy access to clean restrooms. In response to increasing concerns and confusion over requests from transgender...more

6/4/2015 - EEOC Employee Restrooms New Guidance OSHA Sanitation Title VII Transgender

Significant Changes to Michigan FOIA Laws Coming In July

Michigan governmental entities will face significant new regulations on how they charge for responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests beginning July 1, 2015. ...more

1/19/2015 - FOIA New Legislation Policies and Procedures

Michigan Court of Appeals Approves Health Benefits for Unrelated Co-Residents of State Employees

On January 8, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals, in a two-to-one decision, held that the Michigan Civil Service Commission could extend eligibility in the State Health Plan to “other eligible adult individuals” (OEAI) who...more

1/17/2013 - Equal Protection Health Insurance Municipal Employees

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