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Miller Canfield attorneys have been representing public entities, including numerous counties, cities, townships, public authorities, and colleges and universities, for over 100 years. Miller Canfield employment and labor attorneys were involved in negotiating some of the first public entity labor contracts under the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) and represent public entities in all employment issues, including contract bargaining, regulatory compliance and reporting obligations.

Among the areas we assist clients with are:

  • Labor relations for counties, cities, school districts, colleges and universities, and other governmental entities with issues including teacher tenure, Right-to-Work, civil rights and all issues before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission;
  • School law compliance, including both public school districts and private institutions, with issues dealing with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, student discipline, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, teacher tenure and Title IX provisions;
  • Affirmative action plans, whether the organization is developing a new plan or simply updating an existing one;
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, including challenging OFCCP jurisdiction, audits, and other concerns arising from the use of government contractors;
  • Election law including bond and millage elections;
  • Freedom of Information Act compliance, and;
  • Open Meetings Act compliance.