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FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

National Science Foundation Sexual Harassment Notice

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 8, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced in its “Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Grantee Organization” that it was taking...more

Cannabis Branding and Free Speech Considerations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent out-of-court settlement following an 8th Circuit decision in Gerlich v. Leath highlights some of the unique legal issues that surround the branding of products in the cannabis space. In 2012, two students at Iowa...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Although much of the reporting on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act recently enacted by Congress has focused on the deductions for individuals and businesses, the bill also includes several provisions that apply specifically to...more

Effects of the 2017 Tax Act on Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations

The 2017 Tax Act (formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) became law on December 22, 2017 and includes changes that can affect nonprofit organizations in a number of ways, including: - How unrelated business taxable...more

Healthcare Employers Rejoice? Recent Shift In NLRB Decisions Impacts The Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

A new Republican majority took hold over the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the end of 2017, leading to several significant labor decisions. Because the NLRB’s decisions and actions impact all industries, healthcare...more

[Webinar] Enhancing Cyber Security Education - What's Changing In 2018? - February 20th or 28th, 12:00pm ET

by Cybint on

Set your cybersecurity program apart by getting your students cyber-ready with the practical skills required in the workforce....more

Universities And International Students May Still Benefit Amid Uncertain Immigration Future

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

After a decade of rapid growth which saw the international student population increase 85 percent to over a million students, the number of newly arriving international students fell 3 percent in the 2016-2017 academic...more

Female Coaches Cite Pay Disparity in Case Alleging Title IX Violation

• Three female coaches at two California community colleges allege that unequal pay violates Title IX. • All three claim that they are paid less than their male counterparts despite having similar duties and that the pay...more

Tax Reform: Provisions Directly Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

he Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. This tax reform law includes the following changes directly affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, and those who donate to them. A number of...more

Tenth Circuit Leaves Unresolved When Off-Campus Social Media Posts Can Subject Students to Discipline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s recent opinion in Yeasin v. Durham, No. 16-3367, 2018 WL 300553 (10th Cir. Jan. 5, 2018), addresses the “tension between some students’ free-speech rights...more

Let’s BOND over the Tax Act Part II - The Higher Education Edition

In the spirit of accentuating the positive, there are a few bits of good news for colleges and universities in the Tax Act…as Mary Poppins might say, a spoonful (or three) of sugar to help the medicine go down. Unfortunately,...more

Reverse Gender Discrimination Under Title IX

by K&L Gates LLP on

Issues of student sexual misconduct on university campuses continue to be of great concern for universities nationwide. Even when a university has implemented thoughtfully constructed grievance procedures it may have to...more

The Good, the Bad, and the Tax-Exempt Organization: The New Tax Bill’s Effect on Benefits and Compensation Offered by Institutions...

by Bryan Cave on

On December 22, President Trump signed “An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018” (“Bill”) into law. The Bill was previously named the...more

Gainful employment: Alternate earnings appeals due February 1

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Higher education institutions that dispute their debt-to-earnings rates as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education must submit any alternate earnings appeals no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018. In its Gainful...more

Vietnamese higher education: Opportunities and challenges for foreign institutions

by Hogan Lovells on

The emerging education market in Vietnam is attracting interest from foreign higher education institutions and investors. Increasing disposable income, rapid urbanization, and rising living standards are driving local demand...more

Gig U: California College Begins Offering Gig Economy Classes

by Fisher Phillips on

With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly evident that the gig economy is here to stay. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that institutions of higher education have begun thinking of ways to educate...more

PTAB Finds that Suing in Federal Court Waives Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 19, 2017, a seven-judge expanded PTAB panel ruled that the University of Minnesota (UM) waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity defense when it filed a patent infringement action in federal district court. ...more

State University's Filing Of Patent Infringement Action Waives Sovereign Immunity To IPR Proceedings

The PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) of the USPTO recently issued a decision that a filing of a patent infringement action by a public university waives sovereign immunity to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings in the...more

School Districts Gearing Up for 2018-2019 Hires with Special H-1B Rule

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While students across the country are heading back to finish the school year, school districts are already preparing to hire teachers for the next academic term. Districts are suffering from a nationwide teaching shortage and...more

PTAB Deals A Crippling Blow To Sovereign Immunity

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke recently dealt sovereign immunity a crippling blow. Although Judge Ruschke confirmed that Eleventh Amendment immunity does apply to sovereign actors, he held that when a...more

PTAB Recognizes Limits to Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity

by Jones Day on

In a pair of near identical decisions issued on December 19, 2017, an expanded PTAB panel found that the Regents of the University of Minnesota had waived its defense of sovereign immunity by filing actions against the...more

University Learns a New Lesson: Transgender Discrimination Landmark Verdict in Oklahoma

In a landmark case, an eight-person jury (six women and two men) awarded a transgender professor, Rachel Tudor, more than $1.1 million in her claim that her former employer discriminated against her on the basis of her sex....more

Tax Reform’s Effect on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, the $1.5 trillion tax reform law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”). This alert describes provisions of the Tax Reform Act that we...more

Two Courts Clear the Way for Bankruptcy Trustees to Avoid Tuition Payments Made by Parents on Behalf of Children as Fraudulent...

Two bankruptcy courts recently cleared the way for bankruptcy trustees to avoid college tuition payments made by debtor-parents on behalf of their children as fraudulent transfers, potentially affecting the college’s ability...more

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