1. September 15, 2014

    How Should School Employers Respond to Employees Who Engage in Misconduct that Could Indicate a Mental Problem?

    BY: Marleen Sacks, Tony DeMarco

    On September 2, 2014, a California appellate court upheld an order requiring a college math professor to undergo a “fitness for duty examination” (“FFD”) based on behavior that his colleagues considered erratic and threatening in nature.  The court also rebuffed the efforts of the professor’s attorneys to interject themselves into the workplace dispute by placing […] more

  2. September 10, 2014

    Workplace Bullying Legislation Imposes New Training Requirements for Supervisors

    BY: Mary Beth de Goede, Peter Schaffert

    Almost all school districts have been faced with the problem of workplace bullying, but until recently workplace bullying has received little attention compared to bullying prevention efforts for minors and students.  Just as national attention on student and minor cyberbullying prompted legislation by many states, now workplace bullying is also receiving attention and has now […] more

  3. September 2, 2014

    Parents Must Yield Some Control Over Assessments

    BY: Joanne Kim, Adam Newman, Karen Gilyard

    Assessments are one of the primary vehicles by which IEP teams better understand the unique educational needs of special education students.  There are times, however, when a school district’s efforts are frustrated before testing even begins.  Luckily, two recent cases, one decided before the California Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) and a second decided by […] more

  4. August 29, 2014

    Operators of Web-based Services Now Have a Heightened Burden When Marketing to Minors

    BY: Carolyn L. Gemma, Scott J. Sachs, Cathie Fields

    Under current law, an operator of a commercial Web site, online service, online application, or mobile applications that knows its service is being used by or directed to minors is required to: (1) make its privacy policy available to consumers; (2) notify consumers of the personal information it is collecting from them; (3) disclose the […] more

  5. August 25, 2014

    Pumping: Teacher Requests to Express Breastmilk During the School Day

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Chesley Quaide

    Have you ever had a request from a teacher to express milk during the school day?  The percentage of mothers breastfeeding is on the rise in the United States, meaning the likelihood of receiving such a request is likely to increase.  District employees, including teachers, are entitled to break time to express their breast milk […] more

  6. August 21, 2014

    Los Angeles Unified to Ease Policing Stance

    BY: Alan Atlas

    As reported by the Los Angeles Times, on Tuesday, April 19, 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled groundbreaking news by stating school police will no longer cite students for minor offenses such as fighting and petty theft. Rather, students will be referred to counseling and other programs. According to School Police Chief Steven […] more

  7. August 20, 2014

    Recent Court of Appeals Decision Suggests a Stop Notice Served Before a Notice of Completion or Notice of Cessation is Recorded is Premature and thus Ineffectual

    BY: Suparna Jain, Joseph Rossini, Hugh Lee

    Recently, the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Two, issued its decision in Golden State Boring & Pipe Jacking, Inc. v. Eastern Municipal Water District, Safeco Insurance Company (2014 WL 3615942) with important implications regarding, among other things, when a stop notice may be deemed premature and ineffectual. The Eastern Municipal Water District (“EMWD”) […] more

  8. August 18, 2014

    AB 1606 Extends Community College Employee Leaves of Absence for New Parents

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields, Sharon Ormond

    On June 25, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1606 into law, which extends leave provisions for community college district (CCD) employees within the first year of an infant’s birth or legal adoption.  In a press release, Rocky Chávez, Assembly Member and the Bill’s sponsor, stated: Providing paid leave to our families is critical to strengthening the bond […] more

  9. August 13, 2014

    Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Search Decisions do not Change the Standard for School District Searches, But Emphasize Cell Phone Privacy

    BY: Chesley Quaide

    Recently the U.S. Supreme Court found that the exemptions for warrantless searches of arrestees for weapons or evidence, justified by the need for officer safety and to prevent destruction of evidence, did not apply to searching electronic data on a cell phone.  The Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search cellphones of […] more

  10. August 12, 2014

    How Do You Verify Age and Residency? Recent DOJ/OCR Guidance Reminds Districts Not to Discourage Student Enrollment or Exclude Students based on Citizenship or Immigration Status

    BY: Peter Denno, Chesley Quaide

    In the landmark case of Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), the United States Supreme Court held that a state may not deny access to a basic, free public education to a child because that child is undocumented.  In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title 42, United States Code, […] more

Upcoming AALRR Events

Save the Date for the 2014 Education Law Conference

The dates have been announced for the 2014 Education Law Conference. Mark your calendar today and look for the invitation to arrive soon.

November 13, 2014: Cerritos, CA

November 18, 2014: Stockton, CA