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Lab Safety – Yet Another Harsh Reminder

Institutions make great efforts to ensure that their research labs are safe for students and staff, because it is the right thing to. Even then, accidents can happen that puts those working in these labs in harm’s way. A...more

White Collar Watch - June 2014

In This Issue: - Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual company owner in qui tam action - Alleged illegal recruiting for...more

Privileged Communications With Outside Consultants

Penn State University recently decided to waive attorney-client privilege and cooperate in the criminal prosecutions of certain former employees. Obviously, the former employees have attempted to assert privilege to exclude...more

Impact On Employers And Schools Of Illinois Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Eavesdropping Law

Employers, schools, and other entities have long relied on the Illinois Eavesdropping Act to prohibit individuals from recording conversations, meetings, classes, and other activities without the consent of all participants....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

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

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

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

Student Sexting: A Serious Issue in Need of a Thoughtful Response

Sexting among today’s teens is a problem that is under-the-radar in many schools. For those who have not yet encountered the issue, “sexting” is when young people take nude pictures or video images of themselves or others,...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators

Off Duty Conduct - Fountain v. British Columbia College of Teachers, 2013 BCSC 773 (British Columbia Supreme Court) - Fountain, a teacher, fired a shot from a rifle over the heads of his sons in the aftermath of...more

NCAA Gives Deference To The U – How Sanctions Against Miami May Affect Future Investigations

In a Twitter world of brief news updates, the NCAA’s tweet at 6:55 AM on October 22nd was blunt, but not unexpected – “Miami failed to monitor activities of a major booster, resulting in a decade of violations.” While the...more

Education Update, No. 2 - April 2013: Keeping Your Students Safe From Child Abductions

A loud, beeping Amber Alert and accompanying visual banner filled the homes and screens of area television viewers on the evening of January 14, 2013, announcing the abduction of a five-year-old student from a Philadelphia...more

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act

On December 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill 5523, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), which if signed by Governor Rick Snyder, will become effective immediately....more

Education Update, No.4, October 2012: "Dear Colleague . . . "

With that disarming salutation, a little over a year ago Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced new Department of Education mandates, issued under Title IX of the Education Amendments of...more

Can Employers be Fined under Safety Laws for Injuries to a Non-Employee?

Can an employer be convicted and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for an accident that resulted in the death of a non-employee? A recent case suggests that the answer is “yes”....more

$60 Million and Counting – Lessons from Penn State

On July 23, the NCAA imposed severe monetary and participation sanctions on the Penn State football program with the purpose of bringing about a cultural change at the school. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated “the...more

Education Update - April 2012: A Time To Reflect About Violence In Schools

The tragic shooting death at the Episcopal School in Jacksonville, Florida has placed the issue of workplace violence on the radar screens of schools nationwide. On March 6, Head of School Dale Regan notified a teacher that...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – December 13, 2010

1. Openers; 2. ABCs of Immigration Law: The DREAM Act Proposal; 3. Ask Visalaw.com; 4. Border and Enforcement News: Feds at odds with Victorville, CA over regional center, California student released after intervention by...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Charities, Colleges and Other Nonprofits: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Really Apply To You

FCPA: A Brief History: Product of Watergate: Investigation revealed payments to foreign officials to obtain/retain business; Books and record keeping requirement; Internal procedures requirement evolved over time; Civil...more

Diversity Moving Forward - August 2010

In this Issue: *Letter from Diversity & Inclusion Partner *Ford & Harrison Proudly Supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with its Annual Youth of the Year Fundraiser *Ford & Harrison Helps With the Haitian...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – March 11, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: J-1 Visas – Waivers of the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. News Bytes 7....more

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