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Franczek P.C.

Sweet Justice! Dismissal of Bully's FMLA Claim Proves Employers Can Safely Terminate an Employee on the Heels of FMLA Leave

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I hate bullies. Back in 4th grade, Sister Mary Demetria, OSF, told us that “hating” someone was a sin. I’m convinced Sister never met a bully. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Cause, you see, whenever I...more

Foley Hoag LLP

Sexual Abuse at St. George's School and the School's Reponse: 1970 to 2015

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In January 2016, I was asked to conduct an investigation concerning sexual abuse at St. George’s School, and the school’s response to reports of abuse, from 1960 to the present. At the time, St. George’s faced a firestorm of...more

Fisher Phillips

Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature Crack Down on Hazing in Secondary Schools

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On May 24, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation requiring Pennsylvania secondary schools to adopt policies and procedures to prevent and correct hazing in schools. House Bill 1574, sponsored by Rep. Ron Marsico,...more

Carlton Fields

2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

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Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Barley Snyder

Legal Update: Anti-Hazing Act

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On May 24, 2016, Governor Wolf signed legislation expanding existing anti-hazing laws applicable to post-secondary institutions to now include public and private school students in grades 7 through 12. House Bill 1574...more

Bilzin Sumberg

Lessons from eMerge: The Communication Decency Act, A Tool Against Cyberbullying

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The 3rd annual eMerge conference hosted a list of speakers as diverse as Miami. Among them, Colin Powell, Tony Hawk, Pitbull, and Monica Lewinsky. Just last year, Ms. Lewinsky broke her public silence when she gave a...more

Clark Hill PLC

Sixth Circuit Rules that the "Deliberate Indifference" Standard Still Matters in Title IX Harassment Litigation

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In Stiles v. Granger County Board of Education, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a Title IX lawsuit against a public school district because the alleged victim of harassment and bullying...more

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April 2016

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Dear Legal Mailbag: I have been around the block, but yesterday a parent made a demand that is a new one for me. I had met with the parent to review the results of our bullying investigation about her son’s behavior...more

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Second Circuit Holds District Denied FAPE by Refusing to Discuss Bullying at IEP Meeting

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On January 20, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in T.K. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., — F.3d —, 2016 WL 229842 (2d Cir. Jan. 20, 2016), an important decision regarding the role of a...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Death threats and unfriending – what is bullying?

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Bullying behaviour comes in all shapes and sizes. Identifying and deciding how to respond to diverse bullying behaviour by a worker (or workers) can create challenges for employers. Recent headlines have cautioned that...more

Fisher Phillips

Transcending Gender In Schools: Is Gender Neutral The New Normal?

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In Missouri, a 17-year-old student who was born male, but has identified as female since he was 13, chose to use the girls’ locker room during gym class. That decision sparked outrage in the school community and led to...more

Franczek P.C.

Seventh Circuit Finds School District Not Liable in Bullying Case

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over Illinois, recently rejected an Indiana student’s claims against two school districts for allegedly improperly responding to...more

Pullman & Comley - School Law

Deliberate Indifference to Bullying Can Amount to Massive Liability – Lessons from the Pine Bush Settlement

$4.48 million. That’s how much the Pine Bush School District in central-New York just agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of current and former students who alleged that school administrators were...more

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Should You Have an Anti-Bullying Policy in Your Workplace?

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We have seen it before: boss shouts (or glares, or laughs) at subordinate, and subordinate’s feelings are hurt. But it’s not only feelings that are hurt, and angry bosses aren’t the only ones offending. Workplace bullying can...more

Howard Ankin

Workplace bullying can lead to long-term employee illnesses

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Bullying is not just a problem in schools. It is also a threat to employees in many American workplaces. According to a recent study by the U.S. Workplace Bullying Institute, bullies on the job can cause serious health...more

CMCP - California Minority Counsel Program

California’s Anti-Bullying Statute – What is the Effect of Non-Compliance?

By now, California employers should be aware of the “antibullying” law, which became effective on the first of this year. The statute is a compromise between employee rights groups seeking expansion of existing “harassment”...more

Wilson Elser

Illinois Schools Face Tough Decisions in Combating Cyber-bullying

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Illinois, like most states, has a law that addresses school districts’ responsibilities for addressing bullying in schools. With the growing presence of cyber-bullying, as of January 1, 2015, Illinois modified section 27-23.7...more

Faegre Baker Daniels

California Expands Supervisor Training Requirements to Include Workplace Bullying

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On January 1, 2015, a California law took effect placing additional obligations on employers in preventing workplace bullying....more

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Bill C-13: Cyberbullying Bill Introduces New Lawful Access Measures

On December 9, 2014, Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, also known as the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime...more

Franczek P.C.

Department of Education Closes 2014 with Prolific Guidance

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The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was busy the last quarter of 2014, issuing guidance on six issues, plus another already in 2015. The Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Frequently Asked Questions, and Fact Sheets provide an...more

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,...

New Year’s Resolutions for the California HR Manager

So what’s it going to be for 2015? Get up and run three miles every morning? Finally pay off those credit cards? Learn to speak French? Before you finish the list of New Year’s resolutions, consider adding a few on the human...more

Mintz - Employment, Labor & Benefits...

Bully for You: Ready or Not, California’s Anti-Bullying Training Requirement Starts Now

Welcome to 2015 and the start of California’s Anti-Bullying Training Requirements. Employers of 50 or more in California must now add an “anti-bullying” training requirement to their training curriculum, which is required to...more

Fisher Phillips

Bullying Can Cost Your School – And Your Students, And Their Parents

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School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and...more

Fisher Phillips

From The Schoolyard To The Teachers' Lounge: Cracking Down On Adult Bullying

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Recent headlines confirm that the schoolyard bullies of yesteryear are all grown up and have joined the workforce – many of them in schools. Rather than taking place in the schoolyard or cafeteria, adult bullying is occurring...more

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,...

The Employment Law Authority - December 2014

In This Issue: - Justices Issue Pro-Employer Rulling in FLSA Case - Ogletree Deakins Named A "Law Firm of the Year" - California Mandates Anti-Bullying Training for Supervisors - OFCCP Issues Final...more

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