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HTMLAccommodation of Religious Beliefs at School
Teresa R. Haykowsky, David D. Risling; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2014
Last week the media reported that York University Professor Paul Grayson refused a male student’s request to be separated from female classmates during a class activity for religious reasons. The student had been required, as part of his online course, to work in a face to face group activity.

 

HTMLBullying Not Allowed in Alberta Schools - Including Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation
Teresa R. Haykowsky, David D. Risling; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014
The Alberta Legislature is concerned with bullying in schools, as evidenced by its recent discussion of Bill 202, Safe and Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, and Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children. It again is timely to highlight the court's...

 

Adobe PDFThe Application Of The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act In Litigation
Elizabeth A. Gilbert; Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 26, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g, applies to any educational institution or agency that receives federal funds. The Act requires these institutions to have a policy that allows students and their parents to have the right to inspect and review the...

 

HTMLIt Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official in violating the conflict of interest provisions of the Code. This amendment, made possible with the passage of SB 952, advances the ability of prosecutors to charge all persons,...

 

HTMLDiversity Hiring Coalition Event
Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014
On Thursday, November 13th, Diversity Hiring Coalition and Portland Adult Education hosted a Meet & Greet Networking Event for Professional New Mainers held at the Portland Public Library. Our own Director of HR, Mary Beth Turcotte, is co-chair of the DHC and welcomed the 22 employers, from...

 

HTMLUse of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
With the election just days away, school superintendents, board members, administrators and principals are often confronted with requests to permit electioneering activity on campus, or even the uninvited appearances of candidates or citizens campaigning for a candidate or proposition on the ballot.

 

HTMLCalifornia Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently issued two opinions illuminating the scope of Government Code section 1090, the powerful and far-reaching provision of law that prohibits a government official from being “financially interested” in any contract made by him or her in an...

 

HTMLEbola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics
Vincenzo Carannante, Julie C. Fay; Shipman & Goodwin LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014
In light of Ebola’s potential impact on educational facilities and their students and staff, as well as the large volume of information and misinformation that has been disseminated about this virus, educators should focus on a select group of resources to stay on top of the latest...

 

HTMLHow Many Clicks Does It Take To Get To Your Sexual Misconduct Policy?
Derek T. Teeter; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education makes it clear that colleges and universities must not only disseminate their Title IX sexual misconduct policies - they must make those policies easy to find. Simply posting the policy somewhere on your website - without regard to ease of access - isn’t...

 

HTMLThere are ‘Hearings’ and then there are ‘Hearings.’ But What Kind of ‘Hearing’ Does Due Process Require?
Derek T. Teeter; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014
Students at public colleges and universities have a right to procedural due process before being deprived of a constitutionally protected interest in continued education; private colleges and universities may grant students similar rights through contract. Where students have the right to...

 


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