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|Reminder: New Six Week Time Limit To Complete Required Online Mandated Reporter Training|
Wendy L. Tucker; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
October 19, 2015, previously published on September 2015Education Code section 44691, amended effective January 1, 2015, imposes new requirements on charter schools to provide training for their employees and others acting on their behalf who are mandated reporters. Schools must also develop a process for these employees to provide proof that they have...
|OLRB Releases First Full Reasons Decision Regarding the Scope of Local/Central Bargaining For CUPE Bargaining Units in the Education Sector|
Maria Gergin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 13, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015Since the enactment of the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act , S.O. 2014 c.5, (the “SBCBA”), which governs the current round of collective bargaining in the education sector, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“the Board”), has made a number of decisions on whether...
|Court Approves Police Search of Cell Phone Used in Teacher Parking Lot Drug Deals|
Kate Dearden; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 13, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015Of interest to educators is a case involving teenagers allegedly dealing drugs in the teachers' parking lot of W.P. Wagner School on a summer evening in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. In R v. Jones, 2015 SKPC 29, the accused were arrested following a search of their car and cell phone.
|Video Surveillance in Schools: Balancing Safety and Privacy|
Bethan Dinning; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 13, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015School boards everywhere are faced with the difficult task of balancing the safety of students, staff, volunteers and community members on school property with respect for privacy and personal information. Recent decisions from Ontario emphasize the need for school boards to develop policies and...
|Job Action Ramps Up for CUPE and ETFO|
Eric M. Roher; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 13, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015On September 29, 2015, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”), which represents 55,000 education workers in the provnce, moved into Phase 2 of its Work-to-Rule plan. The Work-to-Rule campaign involves a range of school board employees, such as custodial and maintenance staff,...
|Education Assistant's Human Rights Application Dismissed as No Reasonable Prospect of Success|
Stephanie Young; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 8, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015In a decision dated April 21, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario dismissed an application brought by an Education Assistant against the York Region District School Board on a preliminary basis as the application had “no reasonable prospect of success.”
|On September 1st the Ombudsman Began Taking Complaints about School Boards|
Maria Gergin, Eric M. Roher; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 8, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015As of September 1st, 2015, the Ontario Ombudsman may now take complaints pertaining to the province's 73 school boards. The expansion of the Ombudsman's mandate was granted under the provisions of Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014. The new law was...
|Letter to the Independent School Council Relating to the Public Benefit of Schools|
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
September 24, 2015, previously published on September 18, 2015The Charity Commission has published a letter which it has sent to the Independent School Council relating to public benefit issues raised by peers in the debates on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill (the 'Bill'). In particular, the letter addresses the point raised by Lord...
|Back to School - and the SEC Cybersecurity Exams (Register now for our September Privacy Webinar!)|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 24, 2015, previously published on September 18, 2015It’s back to school time - time to put away the flip flops and beach chairs and settle back into the routine. To help motivate you, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has announced a new round of cybersecurity examinations!...
|Student Data Protection in an Era of Education Technology Innovation|
Katherine D. Brodie, Michelle Hon Donovan, Alison Haddock Hutton; Duane Morris LLP;
September 7, 2015, previously published on August 7, 2015Consensus regarding how and whether to increase federal mandates and penalties concerning protection of PII has not yet been reached, but awareness exists that student PII, whether for K-12 students or older, is becoming increasingly vulnerable to unauthorized disclosure or misuse, in particular...