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NYS Governor’s Education Budget has Ramifications beyond Monetary Resources

by Harris Beach PLLC on

Governor Cuomo’s 2018-2019 school aid proposal calls for an increase of about 3 percent or $769 million in total school aid. This is significantly lower than the $1.6 billion increase recommended by the Board of Regents. Many...more

Implications of a Government Shutdown for Employers and Educators

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As the looming threat of a government shutdown becomes more real, we briefly review prior shutdowns and provide guidance on what employers and educators might anticipate. Government shutdowns are not as rare an occurrence as...more

Four-Term Governor Jerry Brown: One Last Budget

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, beginning the final year of his unprecedented four terms as governor, unveiled his 16th and last state budget proposal, which projects a $6.1 billion surplus, mostly a result of...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

DOL Rejects Obama-Era “Intern” Test

With college classes resuming soon, many employers will be welcoming interns to the workplace. Employers must be careful in determining whether unpaid interns are properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session – Biennial Budget, Connecticut General Assembly

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

See You In Court! - January 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Mr. Superintendent was hoping that the first meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education after the holidays would be uneventful, maybe even boring. It was not to be. During Public Comment, Peter Parent gave an impassioned speech...more

Tax Reform Changes to Healthcare

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Following a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress sent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to President Donald Trump's desk. In addition to extensive revisions to the tax...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session - Biennial Budget

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Evangelos Argyrakis Launches Bid for Nebraska Attorney General- Democrat Evangelos Argyrakis has filed as a candidate for Nebraska AG in 2018. Argyrakis is a former immigration...more

The Dust Settles: Key Provisions of the Tax Bill for Nonprofit Organizations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On December 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA), which now awaits President Trump’s signature. Among many changes that the TCJA will bring to current federal tax law, several will affect tax-exempt,...more

Compromise Tax Reform Bill

by Stoel Rives LLP on

After the House and Senate passed different versions of a comprehensive tax reform bill, a conference committee convened and released on Friday a compromise version of comprehensive tax reform, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The Conference Committee’s Bill

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House-Senate Conference Committee released the revised “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” on Dec. 15, 2017. This compromise bill made major changes to the separate bills that the House and Senate passed earlier this year. Both...more

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session Hasn’t Begun, but Legislation on Student Privacy and Credit Freeze Charges is Already...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As previously written about in this blog, student privacy figured prominently in a few campaigns for the Virginia House of Delegates this past Fall. A progressive special interest group utilized Virginia’s Freedom of...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - The Pennsylvania General Assembly wrapped up its business for the 2017 calendar year this week, marking the half-way point through the 2017-2018 legislative session. It was an expectedly busy week, as members...more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

by Miller Canfield on

Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

Senate Bill 621 Gives Part-Time Educators Their Proportional Share

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Senate Bill 621 will become effective on January 1, 2018. The bill amends Labor Code section 515.8 and is intended to address the ambiguities in Assembly Bill 2230 which was enacted last year....more

Title IX: Fair Campus, Foul Weather

With Education Secretary Betsey Devos much in the news over possible changes to the Dear Colleague letter promulgated by the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights, this note by me and my Lightfoot colleagues Brandon Essig and Clint...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (New Judges, Wedding Cakes, and School Vouchers)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As always, there’s plenty of public law news to cover this month from Colorado and beyond. Here are your highlights...more

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

Is Algorithmic Transparency the Next Regulatory Frontier in Data Privacy?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on the use of computer algorithms and their impact on consumers. This was the...more

Tax Reform: Nonprofits and their Executives Brace for Impact

The Senate voted yesterday to begin formal negotiations with the House of Representatives to reconcile their two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that seeks to make sweeping changes to federal tax law....more

New Labor Board General Counsel Rescinds Guidance Declaring Student-Athletes ‘Employees’

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

One of the first actions of new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb was to rescind guidance that college football players at private universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. ...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Senate Bill Revisions Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Senate produced its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early on the morning of Dec. 2, 2017. Most of its terms closely track the Chairman’s Mark that the Senate Finance Committee approved Nov. 16, but a few key...more

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