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|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...
|New Legislation Regarding Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014The Governor recently signed legislation expanding the list of persons mandated to report cases of suspected child abuse and requiring the Commissioner of Education to issue regulations regarding required coursework for reporting child abuse and maltreatment for individuals holding temporary...
|Improper Asbestos Removal at School for the Blind Site|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently investigating the possibility of improper asbestos removal at the site of the former Michigan School for the Blind. The investigation has followed after Michigan construction company, MAC Contracting, LLC, was accused of improperly and unsafely...
|Back to School! Employers: Are You Ready for School-Related Leave for Parents?|
Christopher W. Olmsted; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014The lazy days of summer are behind us this month as many children head back to school. Employers of parents with school-aged children should review California’s laws, which provide certain rights to employees to take time off from work to deal with school-related issues.
|Resident Assistant and Resident Director Coverage Under the FLSA|
Kate E. McClymont; Husch Blackwell LLP;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014In light of recent challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance about the classification of resident assistants (RAs) and resident directors (RDs) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it is important that institutions of higher education understand the dynamics at play when...
|Back to School: Tax Benefits for Education|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014Students will soon be heading back to school, and with skyrocketing education costs, families are increasingly exploring ways to cut costs and save money. With that in mind, in this Alert, we summarize what many consider the easiest attainable tax deductions and tax credits involving...
|Discharging the Brunner Test: Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy|
Scott St. Amand, J. Ellsworth Summers; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
August 15, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014Twenty-seven years ago the Second Circuit was faced with a debtor who proposed to use the Bankruptcy Code to avoid her student loan debt - only five months after graduation. The Second Circuit came down harshly on Ms. Brunner and established an “undue hardship” test, which few debtors...
|New York State Requires Parents' Bill of Rights|
Pamela A. Madeiros, Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Laura S. Norman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014As part of the recently enacted Common Core Implementation Reform Act, New York State now requires every “educational agency” operating in the state to develop a Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.
|New Ohio Legislation Makes Reforms to Policies Affecting Primary and Secondary Education|
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 2014The Mid-Biennium Review bill was recently passed and presents changes to current laws related to public education. Among the numerous modifications implemented, major revisions include adjustments to teacher evaluations and new graduation requirements for the replacement of the Ohio Graduation...
|Missouri and Kansas Pass Legislation on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for Distance Education|
Lynette L. Siegel; Husch Blackwell LLP;
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014Missouri is one of the most recent states to pass legislation authorizing an interstate reciprocity agreement for distance education providers. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1389 in June, with the legislation set to go into effect August 28, 2014. Kansas passed similar legislation in...