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Supporting Undocumented Students in High School and College

In the wake of the presidential election, we have experienced a noticeable increase in the number of inquiries from both our K-12 and higher education clients concerning the unique and complex issues facing undocumented youth...more

Best Practices for Collegiate Coaches Regarding Title IX

Title IX continues to evolve and the future enforcement of the legislation may be somewhat uncertain due to the transition of leadership at the federal level as summarized by Marissa Pollick in her recent post. Despite this...more

Student Athletes Are Not Employees Under FLSA, Circuit Court Affirms

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision holding that student athletes' participation in college sports does not make them school employees entitled to compensation, a decision that should...more

New York Institutions: New Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

On November 28, 2016, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation enacting another round of amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. The amendments should ease compliance with the NPRA’s related...more

Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Are Not Employees

Back in August, the National Labor Relations Board threw the higher education community a curve ball ruling that student assistants at Columbia University were employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and were...more

Whistleblowers on Campus: DOJ Adds Research Universities to its False Claims Act Focus

Federal funding is the grand prize for higher education research institutions. Each year, the federal government pumps hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants and awards into the university system. These funds are...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

[Webinar] The Elimination of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses and the New Repayment Rates for Proprietary Schools - Dec. 8th,12pm...

The fourth webinar in our "Decoding the FINAL Borrower Defense Rule" series will examine the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers. We’ll discuss the impact of these rules on past and future...more

[Webinar] Changes to Closed School and False Certification Discharge - December 6th, 12:00pm CT

In our third webinar of the "Decoding the FINAL Borrower Defense Rule" series, we’ll examine the changes the new regulation makes to the closed school and false certification discharge rules. In particular, we’ll focus on the...more

[Webinar] The Revised Financial Responsibility Standards - December 1st, 12:00pm CT

Among the significant changes made by the new rules are revisions to the financial responsibility standards that apply to private institutions (both nonprofit and proprietary). The regulation creates a significant number of...more

Higher Education, Exempt Organization & Governmental Financings - Tax Presentation

Qualified Equity - Allocation & Accounting Rules for Private Business Use - New Treasury Regulations regarding measurement and allocation of private business use (PBU) benefit universities that finance a...more

Eighth Circuit Reinstates FCA Case Over Changed College Grades, Attendance Records

Can changing grades and attendance records be actionable under the False Claims Act (FCA)? According to the Eighth Circuit, the answer is yes. Specifically, in United States ex rel. Miller v. Weston Educational, Inc., two...more

Employers haunted by Halloween

Happy Halloween! We hope you are getting only treats today and no tricks. But in keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s post highlights some unintended tricks employers may face from Halloween. ...more

Healthcare Subsidies for Grad Students: Problem Solved?

This summer we wrote about an impending issue under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for colleges and universities wishing to provide graduate student employees with a stipend or reimbursement to defray the cost of medical...more

Colleges/Universities Granted Extended Relief for Premium Reductions in Connection with Student Health Insurance

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) on Friday extended enforcement relief, via publication of FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 33 (“FAQs”),...more

Student Health Insurance Plans and the ACA: Agencies Provide Enforcement Relief that Allows Colleges and Universities to Continue...

Late last week, the Departments of Labor (“DOL”), Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Treasury (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a very welcome FAQ that will allow higher education institutions to continue...more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

Temporary Relief for Certain Student Health Plans Extended Indefinitely

In recently issued guidance, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services indicated that they will indefinitely extend relief to colleges and universities that subsidize the cost of individual...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon v. NCAA

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) appeal of the O’Bannon case, a class-action lawsuit that was filed by the former UCLA basketball star and other...more

The Impact of U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions on Colleges and Universities

At the core, a University holds most dear the ability for faculty and students to freely engage in research in an open environment, permitting unrestricted access to the University’s underlying research data, the research...more

The NLRB Recognizes Student-Employees: The Effect of Columbia University on Private Universities

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held in a 3-1 decision that undergraduate and graduate student assistants at private colleges and universities are employees under Section 2(3) of the...more

OCR Decides Lack of Procedural Protections for Accused Students Violates Title IX

After years of decisions in which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) criticized colleges' and universities' handling of claims filed by individuals alleging sexual assault on campus, OCR now...more

Sovereign Immunity of State Universities: Can It Shield Them from AIA Patent Challenges?

In what appears to be a case of first impression, the PTAB is poised to rule on the question of whether state sovereign immunity prevents an IPR challenge from being maintained against a University of Florida (“UF”) patent...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

False Claims Act Lawsuits Increasingly Target Universities

Research universities have increasingly become targets for False Claims Act actions, both by private plaintiffs and by the government. Because the FCA began as a statute focused on government procurement and has only more...more

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