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Liability protection for schools dies in the Senate Judiciary Committee

Legislation that shielded schools from liability because of transmission of COVID-19 cases at school died in the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of last month. The legislature adjourned before Assembly Bill 1384 (“AB 1384”) was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a result, schools will not have legal protection if sued because of […]

Proposed Bill Seeks to Remove Limits on Classroom Recording

The 2020-2021 school year has presented historical challenges for school districts across the nation.  One challenge specific to California school districts is the reconciliation of new State-mandated distance learning requirements contained in Assembly Bill (“AB”) 77 with California Education Code section 51512, which prohibits the unauthorized recording and use of electronic listening devices in the […]

Distance Learning Implementation: Legislative and Executive Guidance on Education in the 2020-2021 School Year

On June 29, 2020 Senate Bill 98 (“SB 98”) was signed into law by Governor Newsom. While SB 98 is a budget bill and outlines school funding throughout the state of California for the 2020-2021 school year, it also provides distance learning standards for local educational agencies (“LEA”) to implement as the unprecedented 2020-2021 school […]

New Title IX Regulations Impact K-12 School Districts Too

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published its newly updated Title IX regulations prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions.  The new regulations, which apply to all federally funded institutions, including public K-12 school districts, require significant changes to district policies and procedures for handling Title IX matters.  The U.S. Department of […]

AB 1384 Aims to Address COVID-19 Liability Concerns as School Districts Prepare for a New School Year

As local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the state continue to plan for the complicated transition back to school in the fall, the question of liability from COVID-19 related harm looms large. AB 1384, recently introduced by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D- Long Beach), aims to address this liability issue and allow LEAs to focus on providing […]

Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse in Community Colleges – Training Not Mandated but “Notice” is Still Required

While the majority of Community College students are over the age of 18, many community colleges around the state offer dual enrollment classes for high school students, as well as elective courses for minors.  As a result, children may be present on community college campuses, and may regularly come into contact with college employees.  The […]

California Community College Legislation Roundup: New Laws for 2020

Since the October 13, 2019 deadline, Governor Gavin Newsom completed final action on more than 1,000 bills for the 2019 legislative year. Below are some of the newer ones that affect Community Colleges in California. All of the new laws listed below will take effect on January 1, 2020. AB 51: Employment Discrimination AB 51 […]

New Legislation Impacts California School Suspensions, Lunch Shaming, and Start Times

New Ban on Suspending Students for Willful Defiance California recently enacted SB 419, which amends Education Code section 48900, and now permanently prohibits public and charter schools from suspending fourth and fifth grade students for “willful defiance” and prohibits such suspensions for sixth through eighth grade students for five years, until July 1, 2025. “Willful defiance” […]

California Expands Lactation Accommodation Rights for Employees

Effective January 1, 2020, the Labor Code has been amended to enhance the provisions pertaining to lactation accommodation. The legislation will require an employer to provide a lactation room or location that includes prescribed features and to provide access to a sink and refrigerator, all near the employee’s workspace. It also makes the denial of reasonable […]

AB 695 Makes Significant Changes to Community College District Design-Build and Facilities Use Law

On October 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 695 (“AB 695”).  AB 695 extends the authorization for community college districts to use design-build by another ten years, until January 1, 2030.  AB 695 also includes a skilled and trained workforce requirement for community college design-build projects, mirroring the existing requirement for […]


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