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Does a Township Zoning Board of Appeals have to do more in its final decision than simply stating whether a request is granted or denied?

December 2020 | Township Law Q and A

Generally, yes. Typically, a Township’s Zoning Ordinance will provide for a written standard that must be applied when considering a r... Read More ›

W-2 or 1099? How to Utilize Independent Contractors Without Putting Your Township at Risk

December 2020 | Township Law E-Letters

Many townships rely heavily on independent contractors for township services. Whether the township uses independent contractors to manage an... Read More ›

Michigan Legislature Passes Bill to Extend Provisions for Public Bodies to Meet Remotely under the Open Meetings Act

December 2020 | Township Law E-Letters

On December 9, 2020, the Michigan Senate voted 36-1 to pass Senate Bill 1246 (2020), a bill to amend the Open Meetings Act and extend the da... Read More ›

What is the relationship between Assessed Value, Taxable Value, and True Cash Value or Market Value?

November 2020 | Township Law Q and A

True Cash Value and Market Value have been determined by Michigan Courts to be synonymous terms. The tax statute uses the term True Cash Val... Read More ›

2020 Property Tax Update

November 2020 | Township Law E-Letters

The State Tax Commission (“STC”) is a three-member commission appointed by the Governor. The STC is the authority charged with s... Read More ›

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) Announces New COVID-19 Related Restrictions Amid COVID-19

November 2020 | Township Law E-Letters

As of November 14, 2020, the State of Michigan has reported 251,813 cases and 7,994 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Robert... Read More ›


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COVID-19 Relief: Federal and State Government Provide Economic Aid to Businesses & Individuals

January 2021 | Business Services Resources

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“COVID-19 Stimulus Act”), authorizing as... Read More ›

COVID-19 Employment Law Update

December 2020 | Business Services Resources

Return to Work After Close Contact The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently updated its ... Read More ›

Update Regarding the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ November 15, 2020 Emergency Order

November 2020 | Business Services Resources

On November 15, 2020, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) issued an emergency “... Read More ›


Michigan Restaurant Association's "Ask the Experts"

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A Franchisee employee’s posts are damaging our brand, but the employee is outstanding at the workplace. What should we do?

October 2017 | Ask the Expert

You are experiencing the “new frontier” of difficult business issues that society will have to deal with in the coming years.&nb... Read More ›

Update on Joint Employer: Department of Labor’s Informal Guidance on Joint Employment Withdrawn – National Labor Relations Board’s Standard Remains

August 2017 | Ask the Expert

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL... Read More ›


"Glad You Asked That" Q&A Videos

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Can the Township Fund a Holiday Party with Public Expenditures?

March 2020 |

Can public expenditures be used to fund the Township's holiday party? Attorney Kyle O'Meara answers this question at the 2019 Michigan Townships Association Conference's Q&A segment "We're Glad You Asked That" Read More ›

Can the Revenue from a Special Assessment be Applied to Delinquent Property Taxes?

March 2020 |

Can the revenue from a special assessment be applied to delinquent property taxes? Attorney Chris Patterson answers this question at the 2019 Michigan Townships Association Conference's Q&A segment "We're Glad You Asked That" Read More ›

Are Zoning and Building Officials under the Supervision of the Township Supervisor or the Board?

February 2020 |

Are township officials under the direct supervision of the Supervisor or are they under the direction of the entire Township Board? Attorney Matthew Kuschel answers this question at the 2019 MTA Conference's Q&A segment "We're Glad You Asked That" Read More ›


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Current Township Water & Sewer Issues

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Financing Joint Fire Operations

Financing Joint Fire Operations

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