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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

R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?

by Field Law on

In R v Jarvis, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently discussed the existence of a reasonable expectation of privacy in a school environment....more

Prevent administrative convenience from creeping into classroom placement decisions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This Special Ed Connection article quotes Shipman & Goodwin Attorney Peter Maher. Students with disabilities may end up in the same regular education classroom together for a variety of reasons. A principal might...more

See You In Court! – December 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The General Assembly has finally passed a budget, and the Nutmeg Board of Education has been spared the catastrophic cuts in state aid that some had predicted. Veteran Board member Bob Bombast was therefore pleased to turn...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: One of the kindergarten teachers in my school is a bit of a drama queen and, thus, I was not terribly surprised when she made a big deal out of an accident in her classroom. One of her students (a five...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, my PTO held a meeting where they invited in a guest speaker to talk to parents about Internet safety, bullying and a variety of other age-appropriate topics. You know, the usual teenage stuff....more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: II. LIABILITY ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The Master allowed a claim for a sports injury to be amended to add breach of fiduciary duty as a cause of action in the teacher-student situation, and held that while sports participants are...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2017 #5

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last week, I was watching YouTube, and I saw this great speech by some admiral about how making one’s bed every morning is the key to success. I was quite inspired, and I thought that the teachers at...more

Halloween Flashback: Our Scariest Stories for Employers

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Ghosts, ghouls, and ghastly liability; the last is certainly enough to spook any employer. For this Halloween, we take a trip down Elm Street to revisit the most startling nightmares we’ve ever covered....more

New Freedom of Information Law in Kentucky

by Goodwin on

Freedom of information legislation has been an issue that private fund managers have had to deal with for some time. Public pension funds invest a significant amount of capital into private funds and most, as public bodies,...more

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those...more

Court Affirms Denial of Board of Public Education's Summary Judgment Motion in Asbestos Case

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a denial of a motion for summary judgment filed by the Pittsburgh School District’s Board of Public Education (“PBE”). Geier v. Bd. of Pub. Educ. of the Sch....more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Additional Employment Cases This Term

by Littler on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases with labor and employment implications. - In the first case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – September, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last year, I received a disturbing letter. It was anonymous and unsigned. Originally published in the CAS Weekly Newsletter - September 26, 2017....more

2017 Education Legislation Summary

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

Make Sure Your Mandatory Reporting Policies And Trainings Are Up To Date

Now that summer is half-way over, it’s time to make sure that your district is on track to be compliant at the start of the new school year with up-to-date policies on mandated reporting and by ensuring that you have planned...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

How often does the Supreme Court of the United States decide a case that specifically affects a Connecticut employee? And how often are its decisions unanimous? Both occurred recently when the high court reviewed a dispute...more

Digital Disruptions: Handling Social Media Misuse By Students And Educators

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s...more

Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In 2016, Connecticut passed legislation that significantly expanded the scope of background check requirements for public schools when hiring new employees. That law, colloquially referred to as the “Pass the Trash” bill,...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

Fifth Circuit Revives Outspoken Professor’s Retaliation Case: Anti-Tenure Speech is a Matter of Public Concern

Plaintiff James Wetherbe, a professor in Texas Tech University’s business school, is not your typical professor. While universities are no stranger to lawsuits from unhappy professors passed over for tenure, few see lawsuits...more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

I-9 Assessment: Rehire or Continuing Employee

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

For many, the summer is a time for relaxation. For HR professionals, it can be a time of flux. In an academic setting, for example, students and teachers who worked on campus during the fall and spring semesters may be...more

Commonwealth Court Orders Teacher Reinstated When The School Board Fails To Strictly Comply With Statutory Procedures For...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Vladimirsky v. School District of Philadelphia, 144 A.3d 986 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). The Commonwealth Court held that a tenured teacher has a constitutionally protected interest in his (or her) employment and can only be...more

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