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Transgender Issues Highlight Tensions Between Students' Rights To Liberty And Privacy

In the wake of controversy over school vouchers, fights over appropriate curriculum, and the endless battles to decide whether school funding is adequate, the nation’s public and private schools certainly have their share of...more

Small Business Procurement and Contract Act For Postsecondary Institutions, Employment Contracts for Local Agency Executives, Sex...

KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated. Small Business Procurement and Contract Act For Postsecondary...more

The Road Not Taken

What is not alleged in a lawsuit can, paradoxically, sometimes serve as more of a cautionary note than what is, for its very absence brings it prominence. Such is the case with Saliba v. Five Towns College, 2014 WL 92690...more

Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District...more

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

Second Circuit Affirms Rulings In Long-Standing Suit Involving Title VII Class Claims Brought By New York City Teachers

Gulino v. The Board of Education of the New York City School District of the City of New York, No. 13-cv-1001 (2d Cir. Feb. 4, 2014): A recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by the lower...more

Classified Management Employee’s Misconduct Justified School District’s Termination of Employment, Despite Protected Speech

A school district classified management employee sought to overturn his dismissal from employment, which he alleged was in retaliation for engaging in protected speech. A California court of appeal held that, given the...more

Higher Education Highlights - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the Implications of Windsor for Title IV Programs - New law lets students “lawyer up” in student conduct hearings - Service Employee...more

Employee Theft of Employer Documents—Protected Conduct in Opposition to Discrimination or Criminal Activity?

From time to time, there is media coverage about a teacher or other public school employee who has been charged with a serious crime that occurred outside the school environment. If this employee had previous convictions or...more

Is the Joint DOJ and OCR Guidance on Discrimination in K-12 Student Discipline a Warning Shot for Colleges and Universities?

We’ve known it was coming for at least a year, and on January 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),...more

What School Leaders Really Should Know About The Department Of Education’s Guidance On Discriminatory Discipline

Last week, the Department of Education issued a guidance package to help schools administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The issue of...more

N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents

Recently, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a criminal indictment against a former employee of the North Bergen Board of Education (the Board), which stemmed from the alleged theft of public...more

Hating the “Love Clause”

Alabama State University is taking flak over the employment agreement it recently inked with its new president, Gwendolyn Boyd. No one seems concerned with the size of Dr. Boyd’s salary and benefits. It is the clause...more

Service Animals In School

Joey is a 5th grade student who is hearing impaired. Joey’s parents request that he be allowed to attend school with his service dog, Snickers. You learn that Joey’s teacher is severely allergic to animal dander. You are also...more

Supreme Court Hears Second Affirmative Action Case This Year

On October 15, only four months after the United States Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an affirmative action program for the University of Texas, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to...more

A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created

Hedden v. Kean University, A-4999-12T2, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division on October 24, 2013, provides a tutorial on the ability of low to mid level employees to create privileged attorney-client communications,...more

ACA Not Enough to Save Penn State’s Employee Wellness Program

Recent negative media reports caused Pennsylvania State University to modify its employee wellness program, making clear that considering compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) alone is...more

Education Update, No. 4, October 2013: Time For Your School's Annual Checkup

Now that school has started, it’s time to ensure that your house is in order for the school year. Each year we outline those items in which we see trends developing or find issues with which schools consistently have...more

Supreme Court Makes it Harder for Employees to Bring Suits Under Title VII

The Potential Implications for Educational Institutions - Last month, at the close of its October 2012 term, the Supreme Court issued two important rulings in Title VII employment discrimination cases that make it...more

Food Allergies as Disabilities?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed claims against Lesley University for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Louisiana Tech To Pay $23,543 And Implement ADA-Compliant Policies Under Settlement Agreement With U.S. Department Of Justice

Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System recently entered into a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice for alleged violations of the Americans...more

Will the Demise of DOMA Help or Hurt Your Employees?

The Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, will have a broad range of impacts for states (including Maine and New Hampshire) which...more

Time Is On Your Side — Or At Least, It Can Be

Defending retaliation claims can often be an uphill battle, but a recent Sixth Circuit decision serves as a good reminder of not only the elements an employee must show to establish his or her case, but also how employers can...more

Employment And Labor Insight: Employers Win Big Before The U.S. Supreme Court

As the United States Supreme Court wraps up its term, employers should take note of three decisions issued this past Monday, June 24....more

A Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decisions This Week Which Will Affect Employers

Windsor v. United States - Issue: Can the federal government define marriage? Holding: No. Loser: The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed in 1996 and signed by President Clinton, was...more

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