Educational Institutions

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MA Issues Regulations on Earned Sick Time for Student Workers and Faculty - Attorney General's Office Releases Final Regulations...

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (M.G.L. ch. 149, §148C), takes effect today, July 1, 2015. In broad terms, the law obligates covered Massachusetts employers to provide certain paid sick leave benefits to covered...more

Connecticut Governor Signs Cybersecurity Study Act

Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Special Act No. 15-13, effective immediately, which requires the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Emergency...more

Alert: Department Issues New Dear Colleague Letter on State Authorization

On Friday, June 19, 2015, the US Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") issued a Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-15-10) ("DCL") reminding institutions that the current state authorization requirements (34 CFR § 600.9)...more

Religious Institutions: June 2015

Religious institutions commonly make payments to or receive payments directly or indirectly from governmental agencies for services rendered; e.g., day cares that benefit from public scholarships, hospitals that participate...more

Higher Education: New York State to Pass Sexual Misconduct Legislation (6/15)

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he and State Legislative Leaders have reached an agreement regarding new sexual misconduct legislation. It may be recalled that several months ago, the Governor’s office...more

Laid-Off Chicago Teachers Clear Class Certification Hurdles

In 2011, the Board of Education of the City of Chicago laid off over 1,400 teachers and paraprofessionals, all of whom belonged to the same union. The Board chose which schools would be subject to layoffs and it was then up...more

The Oman Update - The Official Gazette 1102

Sultani Decrees - Sultani Decree 20/2015 - Promulgating the GCC Common Law of Anti-dumping, Countervailing Measures & Safeguards. Sultani Decree 21/2015 - Granting Omani nationality to 288 named...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 4 of 4: If students are employees, how are their hours counted?

In our prior installments, we determined that students who work at least 30 hours per week for their educational institutions are “full time” employees of those institutions under the Affordable care Act’s employer shared...more

July 1 Deadline Approaching On New VAWA Regulations

Regulations interpreting the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) become effective for higher education institutions on July 1, 2015. Generally speaking, these regulations contain new reporting, policy,...more

Important Changes Affecting Background Checks Under Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law

The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to narrow the scope of a Pennsylvania law requiring background checks for volunteers who have “direct contact” with...more

Must Schools Protect Teachers from Bullying by Students Online?

A lawsuit filed by a California teacher against the school district where she works puts a new spin on an old problem. As the National School Boards Association reported, the suit, filed last week by Amy Sulkis in the Los...more

Alert: Recent Developments on State Authorization at Department of Education and in California

The US Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") has decided against an earlier plan to send letters to every institution believed to be out-of-compliance (or rather, located in a state that is considered...more

Another Reason to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect to DCF: Lawrence V. Weiner

We have repeatedly cautioned that those employees who are required by law to make reports to the Department of Children and Families [“DCF”] of suspected child abuse and neglect should always err on the side of caution and,...more

When Is Paying an Honorarium Permissible?

Determining when is appropriate to pay an honorarium to a foreign national on a visitor’s visa often presents a conundrum. Our immigration system is nothing short of complicated with its alphabet soup of visas, but paying a...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 3 of 4: Can we subsidize student health insurance?

In Part 2 of this miniseries, we discussed whether a student health insurance plan may be used to help an educational institution avoid penalties under t the Affordable Care Act’s “employer shared responsibility” mandate with...more

Senate Judiciary Committee approves PATENT Act

Thursday, we reported on the manager’s amendments to the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, or “PATENT Act,” a bi-partisan patent reform bill introduced by Senator Leahy and several other Senators. After...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 2 of 4: Can an offer of student coverage count as an applicable large...

In the previous installment of this series, we addressed whether student employees may be excluded from an employer’s offer of coverage. We concluded that a blanket exclusion of this nature could put an employer at risk for...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 1 of 4: Can we exclude student workers from our health plan?

Educational institutions employ students in a variety of positions including work-study positions, teaching and research assistantships, and resident assistantships. This four-part series will discuss several issues that...more

District Must Reimburse Special Education Student for Data Plan Required by Private Residential School

Those who follow the intersection between special education and technology know there is a dearth of administrative decisions and case law addressing what, if any, responsibility school districts have to provide or otherwise...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Allowing International High School Student to Play Sports

Recently, in Makindu v. Illinois High School Student Association, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a trial court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of an international high school...more

Rethinking the regulation of competency-based education

Over the last several months, my colleague, Chris Murray, and I spent a great deal of time considering the current regulatory challenges facing competency-based education (CBE) and possible strategies that can better...more

The Importance Of A Title IX Coordinator

On April 24, 2015, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a new “Dear Colleague” letter concerning Title IX, along with a separate letter to Title IX coordinators and a Title IX Resource...more

Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition...more

Franczek Radelet Works with ISBE to Clarify School Code

Over the past several months, our firm has received many calls from concerned school district clients regarding a particular provision of the Illinois School Code. Franczek Radelet utilized its relationship with stakeholders...more

Alert: New Pathways for Unaccredited Entities and Non-Institutional Education Providers

Accreditors have been seen as obstacles to innovation in higher education. In April we issued a Cooley Alert on new WASC guidelines for disaggregating institutional services. Now WASC and DEAC have issued separate policies...more

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