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|Quigg v. Thomas County School District - A New Dawn for Mixed Motive Claims?|
Matthew G. Hawk; McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern & Thomas, P.A.;
April 26, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016On February 22, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a decision in Linda Jean Quigg v. Thomas County School District, a ruling that has significant potential to alter the analysis of employment claims. Dr. Quigg was Superintendent of the Thomas County School District under a contract that was set...
|Tennessee in Last Stages of Approving Guns on Campus|
Colby S. Morgan, James R. Mulroy; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 22, 2016The Tennessee Senate has approved passage of a bill that will permit public college and university employees and students holding handgun carry permits to transport or store a firearm or ammunition in their own vehicles on campus without facing any adverse or disciplinary action. The House has...
|Kansas: State Supreme Court Affirms Unconstitutionality of Public School Funding|
David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 11, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016In the 2016 case Gannon v. State of Kansas (Gannon II), the Kansas Supreme Court considered an appeal by Kansas, in which the state argued that the three-judge panel of the lower court, on remand, had improperly determined that it had not cured certain constitutional infirmities related to...
|Community Leader Forum - Orlando - Lorna Donatone, President, Sodexo North America & Global CEO of K-12 Schools|
February 16, 2016, previously published on February 3, 2016On January 19, 2016, GrayRobinson’s Orlando office hosted a Community Leader Forum featuring Lorna Donatone, President of Sodexo North America & Global CEO of K-12 Schools. Her presentation was titled “Creating a High Performance Culture: Leveraging People, Progress &...
|Liberals Vow to Repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code|
Eric M. Roher; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016 In promising to enact all of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ("TRC"), the federal Liberals have agreed to remove the section in the Criminal Code that permits teachers and parents to use reasonable force to correct the behaviour of children in their care.1
|Nova Scotia Court Strikes Down Cyber-Bullying Legislation|
Bethan Dinning; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016In 2013, Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement legislation aimed at protecting victims of online harassment or ‘cyber-bullying'. On December 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia struck down the Cyber Safety Act (the "Act") in Crouch v. Snell 1...
|It's Never Okay: Ontario Government Releases an Action Plan to Combat Sexual Violence and Harassment|
Swetha Popuri; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016 In March 2015, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released a 35-page Action Plan called, "It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment." The $41-million, three-year initiative aims to tackle sexual violence and harassment from a number of perspectives. The most...
|Are You Compliant With AODA Standards Effective January 1, 2016?|
Stephanie Young; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016 The next phase of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the "AODA") compliance came into effect on January 1, 2016. Private and not-for-profit organizations and small and large public organizations, including public school boards and independent schools, had to comply with...
|Pornography in the Workplace: Trends and Developments|
Maddie Axelrod; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016In a 2013 Forbes article, Cheryl Conner noted that 25% of working adults admit to looking at pornography on a computer at work. Also interesting to note is that 70% of all online pornography access occurs between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Older statistics indicate that two-thirds of human resources...
|Ontario Introduces Legislation to Establish Concussions Advisory Committee|
Chelsea Braida; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 28, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016On November 25, 2015, Ottawa-area MPP Lisa MacLeod introduced Bill 149, Rowan's Law Advisory Committee Act, 2015 ("Rowan's Law") in the Ontario Legislature. Although a private member's bill, Rowan's Law has received all-party support (including support from the Premier and the Minister of...