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Risk & Compliance: Creative Accommodations

Risk Management | Handling increased requests for student accommodations requires keeping an open mind while not altering standards or veering away from mission. Article by Susan Guerette, Fisher Phillips From the November/December 2019 Net Assets magazine From therapy pigs to...


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Should Your School Require Payment and Performance Bonds?

Facilities | Having a payment and performance bond in place can help schools mitigate risk and protect from potential loss. Article by Heather DeBlanc, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore This web-only article is a supplement to “ Foundations for Construction Success ” from the November...


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Key Resources To Mitigate HR Risk

CEO Notebook | Grace Lee will serve as NBOA legal counsel, one of many available resources to help school leaders manage employment practices. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Risk management and human resources practices often go hand-in-hand at our schools....


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More States Join in Salary-History Ban

(From SHRM) Michigan and Wisconsin have passed laws that prohibit employers from asking job seekers about their salary history. They join 15 states and localities that have some form of prohibition against salary-history questions. Some employers and HR professionals are now opting for greater...


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Arbitration on the Decline

(from Fisher Phillips) Some companies are ending their mandatory arbitration policies. Why now? Public pressure in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Arbitration agreements and the confidentiality associated with them kept victims of sexual harassment silent by blocking them from the public...


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Increased Oversight of NY Private Schools Struck Down

(from the Democrat & Chronicle) Private schools in New York state have won an injunction against state oversight rules, which the schools said impinged on their independence. Late last year, the New York Education Department issued new rules describing how public schools must supervise non...


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Is Your Tobacco Policy Legally Compliant?

Risk Management | Several states have gone beyond federal laws that prohibit smoking, to include bans on vaping. Many now apply to independent school buildings and grounds. Edited from a piece that originally appeared as a Schwartz Hannum PC E-Alert . By Gary D. Finley , Schwartz ...


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How Might Federal Policy Impact Independent Schools in 2019?

(from NAIS) What regulations, legislation or rulings coming out of Washington this year might impact independent schools? These five items stand out to NAIS's legal counsel and staff attorney: The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule revamping obligations regarding sexual...


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Risk & Compliance: Pros and Cons of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

Risk Management | Including these in employee and student contracts allows schools to avoid the court system. But are they the right move for your school? Article by Drew Davis and Joseph Bevington IV, Folger Levin LLP From the November/December 2018 Net Assets magazine Each...


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Secret Workplace Recordings Erode Trust

(from NPR) R ecent high-profile instances of conversations secretly recorded at work have highlighted a big change in how workplace lawsuits and culture are influenced by surreptitious recordings. Recordings are much more common in the age of smartphones. "If you are surprised you're being...