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Affirmative Action Bombshell: FAQs About The Justice Department’s New College Admissions Project

by Fisher Phillips on

Higher education institutions felt seismic shockwaves yesterday as the New York Times reported that the Trump administration would soon redirect Justice Department resources toward investigating – and possibly suing –...more

John Skvarla on the Strength of North Carolina Commerce

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In May, North Carolina won Site Selection magazine’s 2017 Prosperity Cup, earning recognition once again for its economic appeal and ability to attract new investments while offering a climate that supports growth. On the...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Task Force Finds More Than 150 Antiquated Federal Regulations – And Counting

by Barley Snyder on

A federal task force already has identified more than 150 education regulations that could be changed or repealed – and it’s not done yet. The Department of Education has issued a request for input on regulations the...more

OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/26-6/30

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/19-6/23

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/12-6/16

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

North Carolina’s Bathroom Law Gets Flushed: What Employers Need To Know

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom law” was repealed – but not without further controversy. When Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation repealing the law on March 29, 2017, many were upset that the law was...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, HB2 was repealed and replaced, Senate confirmation of Cabinet secretaries continued, and Legislators filed dozens of bills ahead of filing deadlines. HB2 “Reset” (HB142) - Thursday,...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...more

What Can Employers Glean from the DOE’s and the DOJ’s Position on the Provision of Transgender Bathrooms under Title IX?

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance issued by the Department of Education on January 7, 2015 and...more

Federal Government Reverses Position on Transgender Students’ Use of School Facilities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Education Alert February 27, 2017 On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice withdrew two guidance letters from January 2015 and May 2016 that explained the former administration’s...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Governor Cooper (D) held a budget press conference on Monday to unveil some of the highlights that his budget proposal will include. One of the most discussed highlights is raising the average teacher pay to...more

Governor Malloy Issues Executive Order On Transgender Students’ Use of Bathrooms in Public Schools

On February 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration decided to rescind, pending further review, the Obama administration’s federal guidance that requires transgender students receive access to the restrooms and locker...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

by Akerman LLP on

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week's news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Prior Department of Education Interpretations Regarding Title IX Protections Afforded to...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday withdrawing and rescinding the Obama Administration’s prior guidance letters which instructed schools that...more

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Signals about Support of LGBT Rights

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In addition to issues involving the environment, immigration, and national security, the Trump Administration has been in the headlines recently for its stance on matters impacting the LGBT community....more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Title IX and Transgender Students

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) rescinding previous guidance that had sought to protect transgender students' rights. This rolling back of guidance...more

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