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CFPB May 2016 complaint report highlights credit reporting complaints, complaints from New Mexico consumers

The CFPB has issued its May 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about credit reporting  and complaints from consumers in New Mexico and the Albuquerque metro area.  The CFPB began taking complaints about credit...more

Court Grants Student Loan Debt Relief to a Graduate of a Non-Accredited Medical School

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a decision that may significantly change the landscape of student debt relief. In re Decena, No. 15-72903, 2016 WL 1371031 (Bankr....more

Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

A Minnesota Court Rules Pre-Kindergarten Instructors Should Be Excluded From A Teacher Collective Bargaining Unit

For many Michigan school districts, pre-kindergarten instructors are usually included in a teacher/professional collective bargaining unit. The state of Minnesota has adopted a contrary viewpoint. The Minnesota Court of...more

Labor Board Will Decide Organizing Rights of Non-Teaching Employees at Religious Colleges, Universities

The National Labor Relations Board is set to decide if the same test used to determine whether teaching employees of a religious school are subject to the Board’s jurisdiction should be extended to non-teaching employees....more

Transition Bill of Rights – New Notice Requirements

The Transition Bill of Rights for Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services: - On May 17, 2016, the State Department of Education (“CSDE”) distributed to school superintendents the Transition Bill of...more

California Teachers Seek Rehearing Before Full U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Constitutionality of “Agency Shop” Fees for Non-Union...

Attorneys for the Plaintiff California public sector teachers in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association have taken the extraordinarily rare step of petitioning the Supreme Court for a rehearing, and have...more

Senate hearing reviews ransomware in a school system

On May 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism heard from Charles C. Hucks, the Executive Director of Technology for the Horry County, South Carolina, School System. The 52 schools and the...more

Transgender Student Issues – The FEDs Speak, But Is It Really News In Connecticut?

On May 13, 2016, with much fanfare, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” [“DCL”] in order to provide guidance for school districts with...more

Michigan Schools Can Demand Removal of Prohibited Subjects From Collective Bargaining Agreements

In Ionia Public Schools v Ionia Education Association, No. 325413 (May 12, 2016), the Michigan Court of Appeals ("COA") affirmed a Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") decision and order that ruled Michigan...more

American Immigration Lawyers Association shares online resources to help understand new DHS final rule

On May 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) published the following announcement about online resources following the Department of Homeland Security’s new final rule affecting international students...more

CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed...more

Legislative Update

House Passes Budget: This week was budget week at the General Assembly with the House passing a $22.22 billion budget by week’s end. The budget drew more bipartisan support than any other budget since the Republicans...more

School Restriction on Decorating Graduation Cap Upheld

It is graduation season and issues concerning graduation conduct and dress come to the forefront during this time of the year. A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma...more

OCC Updates Comptroller’s Handbook to Include New Student Lending Booklet

On May 9, the OCC updated its Comptroller’s Handbook to include a new booklet titled “Student Lending.” Despite banks having to alter their private student lending strategies as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, the...more

News from Second and State

Harrisburg was a hive oinally activity this week, with both the House and Senate in town for voting session. There were committee meetings aplenty, too. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee reported out H.B. 1956...more

School Districts: Here We Go Again…(Most) Recent Changes To APPR Regulations (5/16)

On May 16, 2016, Board of Regents yet again issued revised emergency regulations related to teacher and principal annual professional performance reviews (APPR). These new regulations go into effect on June 14, 2016....more

While Some Parents May Not Agree to Pay the Cost of Their Child’s Law Degree, Maybe the Government Will?

Earlier this week, United States Tax Court Judge Richard T. Morrison ruled, in the case of Emmanuel A. Santos v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2016-100 (May 17, 2016), that the government will not pay the cost of a taxpayer...more

Federal Government Issues Guidance to Schools on Title IX and Transgender Students

In a move that made headlines across the country, two federal government agencies issued a significant guidance document last week interpreting Title IX's requirements for protecting transgender students' rights....more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May 2016 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: It happens every time. One of my fourth grade teachers sent permission slips home with the children a week ago, but she realized the day of the field trip to the dairy farm that one of the parents had...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

FAA provides clearer skies for educational use of drones

As we covered on our blog earlier this year, the proliferation of drones (or unmanned aircraft systems, “UAS,”) has reached college campuses around the country, where university staff, faculty, and students are eager to use...more

The New FLSA Exemption Rules and Higher Education

As we previously reported, the Department of Labor has now issued its long-anticipated final overtime exemption rules for white collar workers. In addition, the DOL published more detailed guidance for higher education...more

ESL Teachers At Private Learning Center FLSA “Teachers” Exempt from Overtime

Earlier this week, in a matter of first impression within the Second Circuit, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York held that employees who teach English as a second language (“ESL”) at a privately-owned...more

Orrick Provides Testimony at EEOC hearing on Promoting Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces in the Tech Sector

On May 18, 2016 the EEOC held a commission meeting to address the topic of promoting diverse and inclusive workplaces in the tech sector. Orrick’s Erin Connell was asked to testify at the meeting and provide examples of the...more

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