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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for School and College Employers

To all those we serve, Parker & Covert will continue to act as a resource through the uncertain times brought to our schools, colleges, and communities by COVID-19.  Our attorneys are prepared and ready to work with you in meeting any challenge, whether great or small. Our offices remain open and available to provide 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” […]

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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 […]

DISTRICT’S DENIAL OF CHARTER SCHOOL RENEWAL PETITION IS QUASI-JUDICIAL, “EXTREMELY DEFERENTIAL” COURT REVIEW DOES NOT APPLY

On July 11, 2019, the California Court of Appeal decidedOxford Preparatory Academy v. Chino Valley Unified School District.  The case involved a renewal petition for an existing charter school that was denied by the District.  The San Bernardino County Board of Education declined to consider the Academy’s appeal, and the California State Board of Education […]

New Mandatory Federal Reporting Requirements Under Borrower Defense Rule

On March 15, 2019, following the implementation of the Borrower Defense Rule, the Department of Education issued guidance on the reporting obligations of institutions of higher education. These regulations seek to ensure the fiscal responsibility of both private and public institutions for the purposes of continued financial aid. This Legal Update has been issued to […]

Court Issues Guidance on Requirements for Justifying Level 2 Fees with a School Facilities Needs Analysis

In Tanimura & Antle Fresh Foods, Inc. v. Salinas Union High School District (Apr. 26, 2019) the Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the Salinas Union High School District in a case challenging the collection of Level 2 residential fees on an unusual project consisting of a 100-unit agricultural worker housing complex […]

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