Court of Appeals Decision on Retiree Health Benefits Likely to Impact Collective Bargaining
by Melinda B. Bowe

Court of Appeals Decision on Retiree Health Benefits Likely to Impact Collective Bargaining

The decision by the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) in Donohue v. Cuomo (38 N.Y.3d 1), issued in February 2022, is a significant case impacting New York State law on retiree health insurance.

Student Discipline – The Practical Need for Procedural Perfection
by Michael P Leone

Student Discipline – The Practical Need for Procedural Perfection

Student discipline encompasses important factors for educators seeking to balance student accountability for violation of the school rules, disruption to the educational setting, school safety, and the educational needs of students subject to discipline.

Protecting the Intellectual Property of School DistrictsJun 24th, 2022
by Thomas F. Barrett

Protecting the Intellectual Property of School Districts

When you think of a school district’s “property,” you may first think of the tangible buildings, grounds, and equipment owned by the district. However, the school district also maintains the intangible right to its “intellectual property.” A district’s intellectual property may include trademark rights in any number of marks related to the district, including the name of the district and its schools, or the district’s seal, logo,mascot or motto.

New Requirements for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention in AthleticsJun 24th, 2022
by Lindsay A. G. Plantholt

New Requirements for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention in Athletics

Starting July 1, 2022, school districts will have new legal obligations related to the recognition and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) for students participating in athletic activities.

Understanding Jarema Credit - Third Department Case Reminds Districts to Remain Vigilant over Tenure Determination DeadlinesJun 24th, 2022
by Nicole Marlow-Jones

Understanding Jarema Credit - Third Department Case Reminds Districts to Remain Vigilant over Tenure Determination Deadlines

A recent decision by the Appellate Division, Third Department illustrates the importance of District awareness regarding tenure determination deadlines and the use of Jarema credit to reduce teacher probationary periods.

Federal Case Reminds All Employers to Verify Properly Completed (or Corrected) I-9 FormsMay 26th, 2022
by Michael L. Dodd

Federal Case Reminds All Employers to Verify Properly Completed (or Corrected) I-9 Forms

A current federal court case highlights the importance of all employers having properly completed – and when necessary, properly corrected – I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms for all their employees. Failure to do so can lead to exorbitant fines and even criminal penalties.

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