Paul G. Lannon

Paul G. Lannon

Holland & Knight LLP

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Office for Civil Rights Issues New Guidance for Title IX Coordinators

The children's rhyme regarding April showers bringing May flowers should be revised to include reference to April also bringing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). For the third...more

5/4/2015 - OCR Sex Discrimination Title IX

The New FBI Study on Active Shooters – Is Your Workplace Safe?

The FBI's much anticipated study of active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 was released at the end of 2014. This federal study is the first of its kind and its findings are eye-opening, dispelling...more

2/3/2015 - Employer Liability Issues FBI Law Enforcement Mass Shootings School Shootings Workplace Safety Workplace Violence

Justice Department Settlement Casts Doubt on Mandatory Medical Leave - Universities Should Be Well Trained in ADA Compliance and...

On Jan. 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Quinnipiac University, a private institution located in Connecticut, to resolve allegations that the university violated the Americans with...more

1/19/2015 - ADA DOJ Medical Leave Mental Illness Reasonable Accommodation Settlement Universities

Massachusetts Voters Approve New Sick Leave Law - Voters Approved a Ballot Measure Granting Workers Up to 40 Hours of Sick Leave...

With the approval of ballot Question 4 in the election on Nov. 4, 2014, workers in Massachusetts will soon have the statutory right to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. The effective date of the new...more

11/26/2014 - Employee Rights New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

U.S. Department of Education Publishes Final Campus Security Rules

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published final regulations implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), including the Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE). The regulations were...more

10/28/2014 - Colleges Department of Education Final Rules Reporting Requirements Universities VAWA

New Campus Security Laws Take Effect This Month

A key section of the comprehensive federal legislation passed last year to prevent and address violence against women on campuses nationally takes effect this month. It is critical for educational institutions to understand...more

3/11/2014 - Colleges Domestic Violence Educational Institutions Sexual Assault Stalking Universities VAWA

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance to Protect Student Privacy Online

Educational institutions face greater legal exposure given their increasing use of online educational services – and situations where they can both collect and disclose protected information. As a result, these institutions...more

3/7/2014 - Department of Education Educational Institutions FERPA Online Courses Student Records

Bring Your Own Device Policies: What Employers Need to Know

Employers that allow their employees to use their own mobile devices for work purposes should have in place well-considered Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.Effective employer BYOD policies anticipate and address a range...more

2/24/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Confidential Information Data Protection Employer Liability Issues Mobile Devices

Massachusetts Employers May Be Liable to Out-of-State Employees Misclassified as Independent Contractors

Massachusetts employers have long labored under the strictures of the Massachusetts independent contractor statute, General Laws c. 149, §148B, which makes it exceptionally difficult to engage workers in Massachusetts as...more

6/19/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification Unpaid Overtime Unpaid Wages

$41.7 Million Jury Verdict Against School Triggers Scrutiny of Travel Abroad Programs

The $41.7 million jury verdict last week against The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut sent shock waves through the independent school community. A 15-year-old Hotchkiss student suffered insect bites on a...more

4/5/2013 - Jury Verdicts School Safety Travel

Veterans Affairs Bans Incentive Compensation Based on Securing Student Enrollments or Financial Aid

This alert is designed to help educational institutions understand the new Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act, which establishes a ban on incentive compensation based on success in securing...more

2/20/2013 - Financial Aid Incentive Compensation Independent Contractors Student Enrollments Universities Veterans

Deadline Approaches for Gainful Employment Disclosures

Institutions of higher education that receive Title IV funding must properly disclose certain information concerning course offerings that are or may be considered gainful employment programs by the U.S. Department of...more

1/18/2013 - Department of Education Disclosure Requirements Funding Gainful Employment Higher Education Act Title IV

Establishing a Culture of Ethical Behavior and Legal Compliance: Finding Perspective After Penn State and the Freeh Report

Ethical behaviors and legal compliance within any educational institution cannot be presumed; they must be cultivated, monitored and enforced. It is a team effort. It begins with senior leadership, including an informed and...more

9/24/2012 - Child Abuse Penn State Sexual Abuse

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