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|Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Rules That There Is No Right of Access To Certain Records of School Board Trustees|
Priscilla Platt; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014In Order MO-3031, regarding the York Region District School Board, (the “School Board”) the IPC ruled that certain records of School Board trustees were not in the custody or under the control of the School Board and therefore were not governed by access to information provisions of...
|Trustee Election Contributions and Disqualifying Conflicts of Interest|
Michelle T. Maniago; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014In British Columbia and across the country, school trustees will face election in the fall. In the run-up to the election, it is important to bear in mind that election campaign contributions have been the basis for claims of disqualifying conflicts of interest. While the case law indicates that a...
|Ontario Government Has Reintroduced the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014|
Meghan Lindo; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014On March 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 179 which, if passed, would give the government the authority to establish new “compensation frameworks” for certain senior public sector executives and implement new accountability and transparency measures for the broader...
|Coroner’s Jury Recommendations Into Death of Jeffrey Baldwin|
Maria Gergin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 2014In February 14, 2014, a Coroner’s Jury looking into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin, a five-year-old Toronto boy who starved to death in 2002 while in the care of his grandparents, released 103 recommendations. A number of the recommendations made by the jury pertain to ways in which Ontario...
|California Sets the Curve with New Regulations on Collection and Use of Student Data|
Jake Romero; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014When one thinks of the use of technology in school, often the first image that comes to mind is of students sending ill-advised Snapchats and making in-app purchases that line the pockets of the Kardashian family, rather than paying attention in geometry. As a tool for teachers, however, online...
|School District Gets a Tenure Surprise for Teacher Returning After Maternity Leave|
Robert A. Muccilli; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
September 10, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014Just when you think you have teacher tenure acquisition figured out, someone throws a curve ball - in this instance, the Superior Court of New Jersey in Kolodziej v. Board of Education of Southern Regional High School District. The Appellate Division, held that a teacher had acquired tenure despite...
|The Independent Education Provision in England (Prohibition on Participation in Management) Regulations 2014|
Emma Flower; Withers Bergman LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014There has been considerable press coverage of the Independent Education Provision in England (Prohibition on Participation in Management) Regulations 2014, which came into force today.
|Work Authorization Process Eased for Master's Graduates|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014Foreign nationals who have completed a French Master’s degree program have until the last day of their student permit to apply for a work permit, known as Interim Authorization to Stay (APS). Prior to this change, students had to apply for their APS at least four months before the expiration...
|CDC Issues Guidance for Colleges and Universities on Ebola Outbreak in West Africa|
Ben Irwin; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014On August 29, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published recommendations concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how it affects institutions of higher education.
|CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services|
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state: Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Local governments and schools may want to...