News from Thrun Law


Refusing to Provide Union Member Contact Information Violates PERA

July 22nd, 2019

MERC recently held that a school district violated PERA by refusing to provide a union with the contact information for employees within a bargaining unit represented by the[...]


MDE Issues Special Education Guidance

July 15th, 2019

MDE’s Office of Special Education recently issued three guidance documents addressing shortened school days, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reevaluation process, and special education discipline requirements.[...]


Title IX: Starting the Investigation

July 8th, 2019

Schools are receiving an overwhelming number of sexual misconduct reports, including both student-to-student and staff-to-student sexual harassment, result­ing in an increase in Title IX investigations. Those inves­tigations vary[...]


GASB 84 Guidance Available July 1

June 27th, 2019

Thrun Law Firm recently finalized a guidance manual (Guidance) on the legal considerations related to the implementa­tion of Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities (GASB[...]


Properly Classify Employees As “Exempt” or “Non-Exempt”

June 24th, 2019

A school’s legal obligations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and now Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA), often depend on whether an employee is “non-exempt”[...]


Practical Considerations for Student Handbooks

June 17th, 2019

As this school year wraps up, administrators should begin reviewing and revising student hand­books for the 2019-2020 school year. A comprehensive and well-written student handbook is an important[...]


Reminder: Parent Notifications for Ineffective Teachers Due by July 15

June 10th, 2019

Section 1249a(1) of the Revised School Code states “a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy shall not assign a pupil to be taught in the[...]