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PA Supreme Court Protects Student Privacy in Landmark RTKL Decision

June 19th, 2020

The District denied the request in reliance on Right To Know (RTK) provisions that exempt from disclosure records related to personnel matters and records the disclosure of which is prohibited by any other law and that would result in a loss of funding. 

How New Title IX Regulations Will Impact All K-12 Schools

June 19th, 2020

Contrary to the former Dear Colleague Letters issued by OCR, which were considered to be “significant guidance” only, the new regulations will carry the force of law.  According to the Rule, schools must comply with the new rule by August 14, 2020, less than two months from now.  All personnel must also be trained, and signage must publish the new policies and procedures.

ACLU Fires First Volley Against Betsy DeVos and Dept of Ed over New Title IX Rules

June 19th, 2020

These new rules, ACLU contends, will make it easier for colleges and universities to ignore allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The new rules to which ACLU specifically objects start with the definition of sexual harassment to which an institution must respond.

Department of Education Issues New Title IX Regulations, Finally

May 20th, 2020

Contrary to the former Dear Colleague Letters issued by OCR, which were considered by the Office for Management and Budget to be “significant guidance,” the new rules will carry the force of law.

What Should I Do If I Receive an Economic Impact Payment for a Deceased Individual?

May 8th, 2020

For those taxpayers who have a bank account on file with the IRS, the funds are directly deposited. Others without an account on file, or who do not file federal income taxes, will receive a check in the mail. One unfortunate outcome of sending money out to every eligible taxpayer is that some of those individuals passed away before receiving the payment.

HR Law Update: Three FAQ’s for Managing Temperature Screenings in the COVID-19 Era

May 8th, 2020

As employers plan to reenter the workplace, the value of protective options must be weighed against the cost of disruption. One protective option is temperature screening.

Act 13 and Act 15 Bolster Flexibility for Pennsylvania Schools

April 30th, 2020

Together, these Acts have bolstered the flexibility required for schools to continue services, where possible, and maintain operations.

HR Law Update: How To Recall Employees In a Time of Unemployment Premium Pay

April 22nd, 2020

Without good cause, employees cannot receive unemployment compensation for any week that they refused an offer of work, provided that the employer notifies the Pennsylvania Department of Labor within seven days of the refusal. Here are three tips for effective and legally defensible recall protocols…

Applying IDEA and Section 504 in the Time of COVID

April 22nd, 2020

Services to be provided to students identified as eligible under the IDEA and Section 504 continue to be applicable during the time that schools are closed.

Act 15 0f 2020 Brings Much Needed Relief to Businesses and Political Subdivisions in Pennsylvania

April 21st, 2020

On April 20, 2020, Governor Wolf signed Act 15 of 2020 (SB 841), providing various forms of relief for businesses and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth.