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Learn How to Avoid Religious Coercion at Night School

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In the film Night School, the main character experiences a workplace that mixes religion and the workplace in a way that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would not approve of....more

Franczek P.C.

Supreme Court Justices Criticize School’s Discipline of Football Coach for Prayer During Game

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The Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case involving a public school district that fired its football coach for kneeling and praying on the football field after games. ...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Religious Institutions Update: September 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

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Key Cases - Establishment Challenge to Presidential Proclamation Subject to Rational Basis Review - In Trump v. Hawaii, 138 S.Ct. 2392 (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the lowest level of constitutional...more

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Ninth Circuit: No “Amen” To School Board Invocation - Prayers Violated First Amendment

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A public school board’s policy and practice of opening its public meetings with invocation was struck down by a federal appeals court. In Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Chino Valley Unified School District Board of...more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

Satanists Sue Scottsdale, AZ Over Legislative Prayer Policy

The Satanic Temple and one of its members, Michelle Shortt, are suing the city of Scottsdale, Arizona and individual municipal officials in federal court, alleging that a Satanist was denied the opportunity to open a City...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

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First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Employment Law Commentary, July 2017 - Volume 29, Issue 7

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Let Us Pray: The Challenges of Accommodating Muslim Prayer in the workplace - Some prayers go unheard; others go to the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission. Recently, employers in three states have faced actions...more

Dickinson Wright

Education Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1: Arizona Senator Introduces Bill to Expand the Rights of Student Speech

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This session, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-Phoenix) introduced Senate Bill 1384 to expand the rights of student journalists. If passed would grant both high school and college level student journalists the...more

Varnum LLP

Recent Sixth Circuit Ruling Impacts Prayer at Public Meetings

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If you are a Jackson County resident, your next local Board of Commissioners' meetings might look a little different than what you are used to. On February 15, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that county...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

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When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

Scottsdale, Arizona Bars Satanic Temple Prayer

The Satanic Temple has had a busy year in Arizona.  Earlier this year, we reported that the Phoenix City Council abolished its 65-year practice of beginning council meetings with prayer in favor of a moment of silence,...more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

All Hell Breaks Loose in Phoenix Satanic Prayer Showdown

In our post last month Satanists Score Victory in Phoenix, we reported on the controversy involving the Satanic Temple’s request to open Phoenix City Council’s meeting with prayer....more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

Satanists Score Victory in Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council has voted to abolish a 65-year practice of opening meetings with religious prayer. Now, the meetings will begin with a moment of silence. The vote was prompted by a request from the Satanic Temple...more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

Supreme Judicial Court Hears Case Involving Access to Sweat Lodges in Prisons

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard argument in Trapp v. Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, SJC-11863. At issue is whether RLUIPA (and the Massachusetts Constitution) recognize...more

Franczek P.C.

2015 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

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ADMINISTRATION - LALI’S LAW (HEROIN CRISIS ACT) - Public Act 99-0480 - Effective Date: September 9, 2015 - School districts, public schools, or nonpublic schools may now authorize a school nurse or trained...more

Robinson+Cole RLUIPA Defense

RLUIPA Round-Up

Religion Clause Blog reports that Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis is using the state’s recently enacted religious freedom law to protect its founder and two members from prosecution for possession of marijuana. The Church...more

Robinson & Cole LLP

RLUIPA Round-Up

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This week, RLUIPA Defense continues its effort to aggregate important new stories reflecting the intersection of religion, land use and local government. Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis – Indiana’s...more

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

No Second Bite for Prayer Claims

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Neither the EEOC nor Muslim employees at a Nebraska meatpacking plant will be able to pursue individual claims that their employer failed to accommodate prayer practices. In a long running dispute, the EEOC filed suit against...more

Franczek P.C.

Limits of Supreme Court Ruling on Public Prayer Tested in Lawsuit Against California District

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As our firm reported earlier this year, the Supreme Court recently held that sectarian invocations at public meetings do not automatically violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which separates church and...more

Womble Bond Dickinson

Court Declines To Dissolve Prayer Injunction After Supreme Court's Town of Greece Decision

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In March 2013, Judge Urbanski issued an injunction prohibiting Pittsylvania County from opening its board of supervisors meetings with sectarian prayers associated with any one religion as a violation of the Establishment...more

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Legal Updates for Government Entities Covering May and June 2014

Arizona Court of Appeals (heading) Immunity under A.R.S. § 12-820.03 Glazer v. State of Arizona, --P.3d--, 2014 WL949114 (Ariz.App. 2014) This case arises out of a cross-over crash on I-10 south of...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Seven Simple Guidelines for Legislative Prayer

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The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5, 2014, ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that local governments may start their regular meetings with a prayer in the nature of the invocations given before Congress. The various justices...more

Franczek P.C.

Supreme Court Upholds Town’s Practice of Opening Board Meetings with Prayer

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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York town’s practice of opening town board meetings with prayer did not violate the First Amendment. The decision provides guidance to school boards and other public bodies...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Religious Institutions Update - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

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"Church plans" are pension plans (including defined benefit or defined contribution plans) exempt (without an irrevocable election) from many of the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

Best Best & Krieger LLP

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Local Governments May Open Meetings With Sectarian Prayer

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The 5-4 decision found that Town of Greece’s prayer practice is consistent with practices long permitted in American legislative assemblies. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is constitutional for a town board...more

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