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Municipal Law News

March 2, 2023

In this issue:



   Opioid Bottles   

Distribution of Michigan's $81M Share of Opioid Settlement to Begin

Leslie A. Abdoo

A recent Wayne County Circuit Court decision, dismissing a challenge to the State of Michigan’s plan for distribution of Opioid Litigation settlement funds to Michigan counties, townships, and municipalities, has opened the door for distribution of the first $81 million of those funds to begin...

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   Sticky Note on Desk   

Compliance and Regulation Issues of the Family Medical Leave Act: A 2023 Update

Mark T. Koerner

Enacted by Congress in 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), provides up to 12-26 weeks of unpaid leave for approved reasons in any 12-month period. The law was created to balance the demands of the workforce with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families and to promote the goal of equal opportunity employment for men and women.

According to the Department of Labor (DOL), approximately 15 million U.S. workers a year take FMLA-related leaves...

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   Remote Employee at Home   

How Employers Handle a Remote Workforce

Cliff Hammond

In a June 2022 study by, 8 in 10 employees are working hybrid or entirely remote, while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site. 

In the following interview with the Michigan Business Network, labor & employment law attorney Cliff Hammond answers questions for employers related to the growing trend of a remote workforce including:

  • If an employee approaches their employer and requests to work remotely, is the employer obligated to allow them to?
  • How can employers stay compliant when hiring remote employees?
  • Are employers able to discipline remote workers?




Join Us at the 2023 MTA Conference

April 17-19, 2023

For nearly 25 years, Foster Swift attorneys have presented at the annual Michigan Township Association (MTA) Educational Conference & Expo which focuses on providing a hands-on, practical approach to solving some of Michigan townships' pressing issues. 

This year’s conference takes place April 17-19 at the Grand Traverse Resort located at 100 Grand Traverse Blvd, Acme, MI 49610

More information and registration can be found at

Don't forget to check out our Business Solutions Session (BSS) on Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Michigan EF room, where a panel of Foster Swift attorneys will be available to discuss and answer questions on a number of timely, hot topics Michigan townships are facing in 2023. The attorneys' practical perspective will include discussions including but not limited to marijuana businesses, wind and solar energy, and zoning & land use.

Have a topic you want addressed during the BSS? Email it to by March 27, 2023 and at least two of the most frequently emailed topics will be addressed at this session.

If you would like to attend the BSS and receive lunch, please RSVP to Jake Leuvoy at or at 517.371.8125 by April 11. Please note that lunch will only be provided to the first 100 people that RSVP and lunch is only guaranteed to those that RSVP.







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