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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

The Tax Cut And Jobs Act: Passed To Make Higher Education Less Attainable?

by Akerman LLP on

Having passed a critical hurdle in the Senate, it appears likely that some version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act will be passed into law. It is also becoming clear that the passage of this Act will impact higher education by...more

House Passes Tax Bill; Senate Proposal on Track for Vote

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Initial House Bill”). Our previous alert discussed the possible impact of certain provisions...more

Higher Education, International Students, Trump, and Tuition

College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017...more

Proposed Tax Reform Legislation Would Increase Financing Costs for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), and while much of the national media has focused on its impact on corporate and individual tax rates and deductions, the bill also...more

The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could have Far-reaching Effects on Higher Education

by K&L Gates LLP on

The House of Representatives and the Senate are on a fast track to pass sweeping tax reform legislation that would have widespread implications for colleges and universities, their employees, and their donors. As part...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Election Results, School Vouchers, and Judicial Appointments)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

It’s been another busy few weeks for public law here in Colorado. Here are the highlights... - November 7 elections. Last week voters across the country went to the polls, and Democrats made significant gains....more

Empowerment or Intrusion? The College Transparency Act of 2017

Stating the obvious, college is one of the most important and expensive investments Americans make. In addition to tuition costs, from a consumer perspective, other factors should be important in deciding on a college,...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Amendments Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Federal tax reform continues as House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) offered his second amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on Nov. 9, modifying recently introduced legislation discussed in...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...more

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

DOE Rescinds Guidance Documents Related to Idea and Rehabilitation Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777. This order required Federal agencies to evaluate their existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement,...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 32

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Narrowly Passes 2018 Budget Resolution: The House passed the Senate’s version of the budget resolution by a vote of 216-212 allowing Republicans to begin their work on tax reform. The budget resolution calls for...more

News from Second & State

Budget Update - It was a busy week in Harrisburg as the legislature got down to the business of putting the state budget to bed at long last. After having sent the Governor an omnibus Administrative Code bill last week,...more

Worth Another Look: The Public School Code

As we make our way toward finally finishing the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, another “code bill” reached the governor’s desk. The final version of H.B. 178 (Day, R-Berks), the Public School Code omnibus bill, passed in the...more

D.C. belatedly releases Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Student Loan Ombudsman Establishment and Servicing Regulation Act of 2016 (Servicing Act) became effective February 18, 2017. The Servicing Act set an October 1 deadline for the Student Loan...more

As Recent Title IX Legislative Efforts Meet Resistance, Litigation Will Likely Increase

• California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to codify previously issued Title IX guidance. • A similar bill, introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives, has not yet received the...more

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