On December 11, 2012, the Governor signed 2012 PA 349, which has been commonly referred to as the public sector right to work law. (There is a separate right to work law which applies to the private sector, 2012 PA 348, which will not be addressed here.) The law will take effect on March 28, 2013. However, police and firefighters are excluded from 2012 PA 349.
This is to update you on a recent decision of the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). On January 26, 2015, the Court in Tilley v Kalamazoo County Road Commission1 clarified the applicability of the FMLA to smaller public agencies.
Prior to the enactment of Public Act 54, after a collective bargaining contract expired, if there were any premium increases in health insurance1, the public employer had to absorb 100% of the cost until the next agreement was negotiated.