Daniel V. Johns

Daniel V. Johns

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Website Urges Employees to Form Unions

In a move designed to aid unionization efforts, union activists have launched Unionizeme.org—with the stated goal of ending poverty for employees at large companies through unionization. The website—which generally targets...more

11/9/2016 - NLRB Online Platforms Union Organizers Unions Wage and Hour Websites

Dept. of Ed. Bans Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Title IV Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a final rule that broadly addresses the ability of a student to assert a school's misconduct as a defense to repayment of a federal student loan. The final rule includes a ban on...more

11/4/2016 - Arbitration Agreements Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Department of Education Educational Institutions Federal Arbitration Act Federal Student Loans Higher Education Act Loans Misrepresentation Program Participation Agreements (PPAs) Title IV

Temporary Relief for Certain Student Health Plans Extended Indefinitely

In recently issued guidance, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services indicated that they will indefinitely extend relief to colleges and universities that subsidize the cost of individual...more

10/25/2016 - Affordable Care Act Colleges DOL Educational Institutions Employee Benefits Health Insurance HHS Student Employees U.S. Treasury Universities

OCR Decides Lack of Procedural Protections for Accused Students Violates Title IX

After years of decisions in which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) criticized colleges' and universities' handling of claims filed by individuals alleging sexual assault on campus, OCR now...more

10/14/2016 - Colleges Disciplinary Proceedings Educational Institutions OCR Policies and Procedures Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Title IX Universities

California Enacts New Licensing Requirements for Student Loan Servicers

Student loan servicers located in California servicing loans made to residents of any state and those located elsewhere servicing loans made to California residents will be subject to a new licensing requirement created by...more

10/10/2016 - Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Financial Services Industry Licensing Rules Student Loans Students

NLRB: Student Assistants Now Employees Entitled to Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in a 3-1 decision that graduate students at private, nonprofit higher education institutions "who perform services at a university in connection with their studies are statutory...more

8/25/2016 - Brown University Collective Bargaining Colleges Educational Institutions Graduate Students NLRA NLRB Student Employees Unions Universities

ERISA Class Actions Filed Against Higher Education Institutions

Several ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class actions involving allegedly excessive retirement plan fees were filed this week against higher education institutions including colleges, universities, and medical schools. The...more

8/12/2016 - 403(b) Plans Breach of Duty Class Action Colleges Educational Institutions Employee Benefits ERISA Fees Fiduciary Duty Investment Management Medical School Retirement Plan Universities

DOL, Pa. DLI Partnership Aims to Curb Employee Misclassification

As part of its ongoing employee misclassification initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance (BLLC), to...more

8/10/2016 - Corporate Counsel DOL Employee Definition Employees Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Memorandum of Understanding Misclassification Wage and Hour

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

6/20/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Department of Education Federal Arbitration Act Higher Education Act Student Loans Title IV

NLRB Reverses Precedent on Permanent Replacements for Striking Workers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision last week upholding the right of employers to hire permanent replacements for striking employees unless the decision to replace workers is based on an “independent...more

6/6/2016 - Corporate Counsel Health Care Providers Hiring & Firing Long Term Care Facilities NLRA NLRB Strike Temporary Employees Unions

The FLSA’s New Overtime Rule Is Here - Higher Ed Applications

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule substantially increasing the annual salary an employee must earn to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. The final rule—which takes effect on December 1, 2016,—will...more

5/19/2016 - Colleges DOL Educational Institutions Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time Universities Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

The FLSA’s New Overtime Rule Is Here

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule substantially increasing the annual salary an employee must earn to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. The final rule—which takes effect on December 1, 2016—will...more

5/19/2016 - DOL Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

EEOC Clarifies Employer-Provided Leave as ADA Accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document addressing the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with...more

5/12/2016 - ADA Adverse Employment Action Disability Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Reasonable Accommodation

Mayor Nutter Signs Bill Strengthening “Ban the Box” Law

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday signed a bill amending the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance. The original law, which went into effect on January 13, 2012, made it unlawful for organizations with 10 or...more

12/18/2015 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employment Discrimination FCRA Hiring & Firing

NLRB to Review Graduate Assistants’ Petition for Representation

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) has voted 3-1 to reconsider whether graduate assistants at private, nonprofit higher education institutions are entitled to collective bargaining rights under the National Labor...more

10/28/2015 - Collective Bargaining Colleges Educational Institutions NLRA NLRB Northwestern University Specialty Healthcare Student Employees union Universities

Electronic Signatures OK for Organizing Efforts, NLRB Says

In a memorandum issued this week, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it will accept electronic signatures to support a showing of interest related to a union organizing campaign...more

9/4/2015 - E-Signatures NLRB Union Elections Unions

NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed organized labor a major victory that in certain contexts will likely give unions significantly increased leverage at the bargaining table in a landmark ruling issued on...more

8/31/2015 - Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. Bureau of Labor Statistics Collective Bargaining Franchisee Franchisors Hiring & Firing Joint Employers NLRA NLRB Staffing Agencies Unions Wage and Hour

Northwestern University Football Players Can’t Form Union, NLRB Says and Refuses to Determine if They Are “Employees”

Northwestern University football players cannot form a union, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) decided today. The NLRB based its ruling on its duty to maintain stability in labor relations and notably...more

8/18/2015 - Employees Football NCAA NLRA NLRB Northwestern University Student Athletes Unions

IRS Issues Second Guidance on Cadillac Tax

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new notice addressing issues relating to future rules governing the calculation and payment of the so-called “Cadillac tax” under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2018, the ACA...more

8/4/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Health Savings Accounts Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS

Connecticut Enacts New Licensing Requirement and Prohibitions for Student Loan Servicers

Connecticut’s new “An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights” creates a licensing requirement for servicers of student loans made to state residents and imposes other significant new requirements and prohibitions on...more

7/15/2015 - Banks Licensing Rules Loan Servicing Ombudsman Student Loans

U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/21/2015 - Colleges Consumer Lenders Department of Education Financial Aid Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition...more

5/15/2015 - Clawbacks Colleges Consumer Bankruptcy Educational Institutions Tuition Universities

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The...more

4/21/2015 - Administrative Fines Colleges Department of Education Disclosure Requirements Misrepresentation Title IV

FCC Seeks Comments on Easing TCPA Requirements for Educational Organizations

In a recent announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked for public comments on a petition to relax some of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA’s) requirements for educational organizations. If...more

3/30/2015 - Educational Institutions Exemptions FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Recent NLRB Grad Student Union Decisions Suggest Interest in Reviewing Brown University

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently released two unpublished decisions that boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities. The decisions, issued on March 13, 2015,...more

3/18/2015 - Brown University NLRB Students Unions Universities

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