The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that could potentially expand the liability of school districts for the misconduct of even ostensibly “low level” employees, if those employees are deemed to have supervisory authority over other employees.
As school board members know, 2011 marked a significant change in how bullying, harassment, and intimidation were dealt with in New Jersey schools. The “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act” created a new definition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (“HIB”); and, significantly for school boards, created new investigation, reporting, discipline, and appeal procedures that must be followed when there are reports of bullying.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, reported that hackers may have accessed the personal data of 143 million American consumers. This personal data included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. The breach also compromised credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers, and dispute documents with personal identifying information for 182,000 consumers. This stolen information can be used to commit identity theft which can cost significant time and money to correct.
On August 7, 2017, Governor Chris Christie signed in to law P.L.2017, c.206 ("Act"), which permits fire districts in the State of New Jersey ("State") to move the date of their annual fire district election to the date of the November general election. Presently, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-72 requires that an election shall be held annually on the third Saturday in February in each established fire district in the State. Pursuant to the Act, the Board of Fire Commissioners of each fire district may now adopt a resolution moving the annual fire district election to the date of the general election in November.
The growing number of “Back To School” sales at this time of year makes many a student groan, “But summer just started!” Usually, those vocal complaints are a student’s only expressions of dismay -- but what happens when a student takes it upon themselves to “extend” their summer vacation and fails to attend school?
In Kate Lynn Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, Inc., a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that a transgender woman with gender dysphoria was protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a decision that may allow for greater workplace protections for transgender employees.
Aetna recently announced that it will withdraw from the New Jersey Affordable Care Act market in 2018. This leaves three carriers that will provide small group coverage effective in 2018. They are Horizon, AmeriHealth and Oxford.
The New Jersey legislature is considering six bills that have the potential to impact your business by changing the rules governing corporations. While the proposed laws have the potential to bring new companies to New Jersey by creating a business-friendly statutory scheme, existing entities may need to revisit their certificates of incorporation and by-laws in light of recently updated and proposed legislation.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (the “IDEA”), school districts are obligated to provide special education students with a “free and appropriate public education” – also known as “FAPE” – but just what constitutes FAPE?
“The courts of this country should not be places where resolutions of disputes begin. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried”. --Justice Sandra Dey O’Connor