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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 […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Rescission of DACA Invalid

In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, 591 U.S. ___ (June 18, 2020), the United States Supreme Court held that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, program was invalid. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority opinion, found that […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules to Protect Gay and Transgender Rights in the Workplace

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender rights in the workplace.  Title VII makes it “unlawful…for an employer…to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or […]

Addison Covert to Speak on Panel of Experts at CASH Webinar

Please join Addison Covert and a panel of experts this Thursday 6/18 at 10am for a CASH webinar discussing FEMA disaster assistance to address local impacts from COVID-19. Attendees will hear from experts in pursuing, receiving, spending and accounting for such federal funding. Additionally, the level of scrutiny of FEMA audits will be addressed. State […]

Relevant Temporary Changes to CEQA Compliance During COVID-19

School districts planning capital improvement projects this summer or planning for the reopening of schools (consistent with the recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education (https://bit.ly/37luy7S)) are reminded that it is important to continue to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

California State Agencies Release Guidelines on the Reopening of Schools and School Programs

On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health released interim “Industry Guidance” for the reopening of schools and school-based programs.  The guidance contains very broad recommendations and considerations for the restart of school programs and services.  Implementation of this guidance should be tailored for each setting, including adequate consideration of instructional programs operating at […]

NLRB Decides That Employers May Restrict Employee Use of Email Systems When Other Adequate Means Exist to Communicate

In T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL–CIO (May 27, 2020), the NLRB recently held that the employer did not violate the law when it announced new workplace rules that employees could not send certain emails to other employees’ work email addresses. In T-Mobile, an employee attempted to use her work email to […]

New Title IX Regulations Become Law and Require Compliance by August

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published its final Title IX regulations prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions. The new regulations, which apply to all federally funded institutions including public school districts, colleges, and universities in California, require compliance by August 14, 2020. The new regulations have the force of law […]

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