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Handling Political Speech in the Workplace

Human Resources | The right to free speech does not extend to the private workplace, but understanding state and local laws can protect your school from legal risk and weather the upcoming political season. By Amber Stockham With the race for the presidency and contested Senate seats...


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Strategies: Maximizing Vaccination Rates

Risk Management | How to phase out vaccine exemptions to protect community health, regardless of state law requirements. Feature image courtesy of McDonogh School. Article by Jack Hardcastle, McDonogh School , From the March/April 2020 Net Assets magazine One of a school’s...


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Risk & Compliance: Out of Sight, Top of Mind

Risk Management | Strategies for preventing and addressing cyberbullying and other internet-based student misconduct. Article by Julie Fay, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, and Jeff Olsen, Fred C. Church Inc. From the January/February 2020 Net Assets magazine It used to be that a...


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Preparing for College Admissions Scandal Fallout

Risk Management | The national admissions case highlights anxiety about getting into the right college — and the risk potential independent schools could be facing in the future. This information is provided for general educational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as, or in...


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Transgender Athletes and League Policies

(from Kojo Nnamdi Show) Grace Brethren Christian School decided to leave the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference because schools were allowing trans athletes to play sports on teams based on their trans gender. "Allowing boys to play on girls teams is a form of cheating, and it gives an advantage...


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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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New Overtime Rule Likely in March

(from the Society for Human Resource Management) T he Department of Labor is expected to propose a new federal overtime rule in March that will likely increase the salary threshold for the white-collar exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In a 2018 regulatory agenda,...


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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 ...