Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present “Managing & Limiting Liability Risks Within Public Schools: How Principals & Building Administrators Directly Affect the Bottom Line”

Oct 2, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will present Managing & Limiting Liability Risks Within Public Schools: How Principals & Building Administrators Directly Affect the Bottom Line to school administrators during a complimentary School Risk Management In-Service held October 14, 2015 at Kent ISD. Ruga’s session will address hot topics such as: employment risks (EEO, Title IX, wage/hour and FMLA compliance), student risks (privacy, constitutional free speech, transgender student situations), board policy implementation, and compliance with State and Federal laws (FERPA, child protection laws, FOIA).

Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office where she practices in the Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 38 years, Ruga has been advising and counseling public and private employers on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga has extensive experience negotiating public sector contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings, OCR and EEO claims and related employment litigation. Ruga advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs.

A past president of the Michigan Council for School Attorneys, Ruga has been recognized by her peers as a leader in the school labor negotiations field through the prestigious Harlow Claggett award, received in 2007 for her contributions to public school labor negotiations, and has been asked to speak at national school conferences, the National Council of School Attorneys and the North American Educational Negotiators Association. In addition, Ruga was named Grand Rapids' 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

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