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Districts Are Reminded to Take Precautions Regarding Privacy During Era of Virtual Participation and Communication

April 15th, 2020

Staff and students should be reminded that recording any live school-related communication is prohibited. Further, expectations regarding limits for third party involvement in a group discussion must be clear.

IDEA Procedural and Timeline Relief Recommended

April 15th, 2020

On March 31, 2020, state and local special education administration organizations recommended temporary relief for certain IDEA provisions due to the school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensuring Government Transparency Under Right to Know During COVID-19

April 8th, 2020

Here is a summary of legal obligations under RIght To Know during this time.

Who Invited That Guy? Tips for Effective Virtual Board Meetings

April 6th, 2020

Here are a few tips to try and limit the opportunity for disruption while preserving the public’s right to attend and participate in school board meetings.

Department of Labor Releases Procedures for the Small Business Exemption to COVID-19 Legal Requirements

April 3rd, 2020

Under the FFCRA, small businesses, or organizations with fewer than 50 employees, may qualify for an exemption to the FFCRA’s leave entitlements. Depending on the circumstances, a small business may be exempt from leave entitlements as to all employees, or just as to certain employees.

Department of Labor Releases Regulations to Clarify COVID-19 Leave Entitlements

April 3rd, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor released regulations to clarify leave entitlements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Update Regarding Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Benefits During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 2nd, 2020

In this HR Law Update, attorney Ellen Schurdak updates the latest on unemployment during COVID-19.

Providing Instruction During COVID-19: Videoconferencing Questions for Schools and Students

March 30th, 2020

It is legal for teachers to videoconference directly with students, even if they are in their own home?

COVID-19’s Impact on Municipal Debt Issuance

March 30th, 2020

Under Pennsylvania’s Local Government Unit Debt Act, local government units are required to file applications or debt proceedings with the DCED.  In fact, local government units must secure approval from DCED prior to closing on any debt transactions involving new money capital projects or refundings/refinancings. 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, “CARES ACT” Passed by Congress

March 27th, 2020

CARES ACT Passed by Congress, Awaits Presidential Signature