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By Susan S. Hodges, Jeffrey P. Catalano on January 14, 2022
Supreme Court Stays OSHA’s Vaccine ETS: How School Districts Should Respond

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court reinstituted the stay blocking OSHA from enforcing its vaccine ETS on employers of 100 of more workers through the pendent litigation before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

By Emily E. Strawbridge on June 28, 2021
First Amendment Rights of Students Addressed by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the matter of Mahanoy Area School Dist. v. B.L., finding in favor of the high school student disciplined for her use of offensive language in a social media post made off campus, outside of school hours and away from the school’s premises.

By Emily E. Strawbridge on January 13, 2021
New Jersey Appellate Division Offers Clarity to OPRA Requests for Student Records

The New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision on January 12, 2021, in the matter of Chris Doe v. Rutgers University, which offers some clarity to the obligation of school districts to respond to certain Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) requests for student records.

By Emily E. Strawbridge on March 9, 2020
Considerations for School Districts Preparing for Coronavirus

The New Jersey Department of Health issued COVID-19 guidance and education materials for child care and K-12 schools on March 04, 2020.

By Michael W. Herbert on January 17, 2020
Will New Jersey's "CROWN Act" Prove to be a Headache for Public Employers?

With new amendments to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) signed into law last month, New Jersey became the third state in the country to prohibit discrimination against a person’s hair style. 

By Susan S. Hodges on October 4, 2019
Boards of Education Can No Longer Pay Teachers for Union-Only Work

Last month, the Appellate Division determined that provisions in a teachers' union contract that allowed two teachers to collect their full pay and benefits for days when they did not teach but instead performed union duties were unenforceable.

August 21, 2019
New Jersey Hitting Snooze on School Start Times

Earlier this month, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill creating a four-year pilot program to study the effects of a later start time for New Jersey high schools. This bill comes after a 2014 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics that reported sleep deprivation in adolescents with one contributing factor being early school start times.

August 6, 2019
The LIBOR Phase-Out:  Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the circumstances that led to the planned phase-out of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate, commonly referred to as “LIBOR” and the proposed replacement rate known as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”). In this last part of the series, we will present the proposed language recommended by the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) to be used in new contracts that reference LIBOR.

June 17, 2019
What's the Big Deal about Piggy-backing Paid Time Off and FMLA Leave? School Districts Edition

Many school district employees want to use their paid time off before going on unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), in order to extend their total leave time. Many school districts might allow this “piggy-backing” of leave time, but doing so may result in a violation of the FMLA and exposure to potential liability.

May 30, 2019
In Silent Support? The U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Overrule Third Circuit's Decision in Favor of Transgender Students' Rights

In a procedural decision which some are viewing with surprise and which others are viewing as a civil rights victory, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving transgender students using the bathrooms and locker facilities that align with their gender identities.

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