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Keep Calm and Enforce Your Harassment Policies

Risk Management | When a sexual harassment claim hits a school, pressure to react fast can be intense. To protect all stakeholders, schools should investigate and take action well before a crisis arrives. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of sexual harassment claims received by the...

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Independent Schools Sue New York State

(Democrat & Chronicle) The Harley School and several other New York state independent schools are suing the state education department over new regulations they say would infringe on their independence. New state guidance, announced in November 2018, specifies that public school ...

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More on Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

The Department of Labor has, once again, issued new proposed overtime regulations that would increase the salary level threshold for exempt employees to $35,308 per year ($679 per week). While this is an increase to the current salary threshold of $23,660 per year ($455 per week), the proposed...


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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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States Vary Approaches to 529 Plans

Enrollment & Financial Aid | How have 529 education savings plans changed at the state level since federal law allowed their use for K-12 private school tuition? A new brief explains. Feature image: Map shows how states have or haven't changed their state policy to conform to new...


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Schools Ban Cell Phones

(from CNBC) Citing constant distraction, the French government last summer passed a law banning cell phones in schools -- with 62 votes to one. The policy came into effect this school year and impacts students in kindergarten through the 9th grade. Some schools across the U.S. are enacting...


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More Sleep (and Better Student Performance) in Seattle

(from NPR) Two years after moving times to extend the sleeping hours of middle and high school students, the Seattle School District is seeing better grades, less tardiness, fewer absences. In the 2016-17 school year, the district moved the official start times for middle school and high school...


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NY Closer to Requiring Private Schools to Report Abuse

(from WIVB) A bill under review by New York Governor Mario Cuomo would require the state's private schools to report all instances of sexual abuse to the police. The governor's signature would effectively close a loophole in a 2000 measure that required all public schools to report sexual abuse...


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Risk & Compliance: Responsible Student Data Collection

Human Resources | A privacy policy can help ensure students’ data is safe with your school — and build trust with parents. Article by Melissa Musser, Aronson LLC From the September/October 2018 Net Assets Magazine Your school likely stores a vast amount of valuable student data...


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Risk & Compliance: Risk and Liability in the Era of Ride Sharing

Risk Management | With more parents sending their kids to and from school in ride-share vehicles, schools wonder what their liability might be if a child is harmed using such services. Article by Julie Strom and Heather DeBlanc, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore From the July/August 2018 Net...