1. August 9, 2017

    “Vision for Success” Identifies Challenges, Sets Ambitious Goals for California Community Colleges

    BY: Michele Landenberger, Sharon Ormond, Warren Kinsler

    Identifying a need “to step up the pace of improvement” within the California Community College (CCC) system, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley recently announced the CCC Board of Governors’ adoption of a strategic vision, set forth in a new report titled “Vision for Success.” The report articulates various goals and commitments intended to overcome the challenges […] more

  2. March 22, 2017

    Publicly Accessible Online Content May Require Closed Captioning

    BY: Shawna McKee, Cathie Fields, Sharon Ormond

    Beginning in 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated complaints against the University of California, Berkeley, that Berkeley’s free audio and video online content was not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. The primary complaint was filed by the National Association for the Deaf on behalf of members of the public who alleged they could […] more

  3. January 27, 2017

    Obama Administration’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Releases Guide for Universities and Colleges in Preventing and Addressing Campus Sexual Misconduct

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Sharon Ormond

    In early January 2017, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, established under the Obama Administration in 2014, released “Preventing and Addressing Campus Sexual Misconduct: A Guide for University and College Presidents, Chancellors, and Senior Administrators.” The Guide, which is available online (click here), offers insight and practical recommendations in six […] more

  4. November 28, 2016

    Texas Federal Court Halts Implementation of New Federal Overtime Rule Nationwide

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Todd M. Robbins, Chesley Quaide

    On November 22, 2016, a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas halted implementation the Department of Labor’s rule amending the salary basis test for overtime exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016.  (Nevada v. DOL (E.D.Tex. 11/22/16) No. 4:16-cv-00731.) The court granted […] more

  5. August 18, 2016

    FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on “Robocalls” and Text Messages Sent by Schools

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Lisa Allred, Shawna McKee, Theo Lieu

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to lessen the impact of calling practices that invade consumer privacy and threaten public safety.  One such intrusive calling practice is known as a “robocall.”  Robocalls are made either with an automated telephone dialing system (autodialer) or with a prerecorded or artificial voice.  The TCPA […] more

  6. May 19, 2016

    U.S. Department of Labor Is Increasing the Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Todd M. Robbins, Chesley Quaide

    California’s public educational entities need to be aware of changes to federal law that will become effective on December 1, 2016.  The U.S. Department of Labor will be publishing its official Final Rule on May 23, 2016, updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations regarding the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from overtime and […] more

  7. January 5, 2016

    New Data Breach Notification Requirements Now in Effect

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Tina Kannarr, Lexe Davidson

    Materials distributed during our Education Law Technology Symposium in September 2015 included pending federal and state bills, the passage of which would affect colleges and universities, community colleges, and K-12 school districts in California. Governor Brown signed into law two bills mentioned in those materials, Senate Bill 570 and Assembly Bill 964, which relate to […] more

  8. December 18, 2015

    May Your Days Be Merry and Bright, and Your Drones be Registered for Flight

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Jacquelyn Takeda

    On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a “final interim rule” for registering unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, just in time for the holiday season.  (Note: Although the new rule goes into effect on December 21, 2015, the FAA has also created a second “notice and comment” […] more

  9. 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 signednto 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 Rocky Chávez, Assembly Member and the Bill’s sponsor, stated: Providing paid leave to our families is critical to strengthening the bond that forms between parents and children. […] more

  10. May 7, 2013

    New Form I-9s Must Be Used Effective May 7, 2013

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Aaron O'Donnell

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) introduced a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on March 8, 2013, for immediate use, along with a new Handbook for Employers. The new form, which is identified with “version (Rev. 03/08/13)” in the lower left corner, features several new revisions: • Expands the form from one […] more