1. August 1, 2017

    Apps to Watch as Kids Return to School

    BY: Cathie Fields, Amy Estrada

    As schools reopen for the new year, many students will arrive with smartphones in their pockets or backpacks, loaded with apps that can create headaches for parents, teachers, and administrators. Some apps, by design, allow kids to hide images and data, and even the existence of the apps themselves. Many apps cost nothing and require […] more

  2. May 15, 2017

    Ransomware: An Ever-Evolving Cyber Threat

    BY: Tiffany Tran, Cathie Fields

    Ransomware is a profitable criminal enterprise that continues to expand while targeting the education sector. Ransomware is a form of damaging software used by hackers to prevent or limit users from accessing the user’s own system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the files. It’s called ransomware because the attackers demand to […] more

  3. 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

  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 26, 2016

    U.S. Department of Labor Revises Two Required Posters

    BY: Cathie Fields, Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza

    New regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor require employers (public and private) to post a revised Federal Minimum Wage poster and a revised Federal Employee Polygraph Act poster effective August 1, 2016. The Federal Minimum Wage Poster now includes a section describing the rights of nursing mothers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It […] more

  6. March 7, 2016

    Mass Emailing Can Expose Employers to Defamation Liability

    BY: Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza, Cathie Fields

    On February 11, 2016, a federal district court in New York allowed a former executive to proceed with his defamation lawsuit against the company that terminated him. (McCusker v. Hibu PLC (E.D.N.Y. 2/11/16) 2016 WL 538472.) This lawsuit was spurred by the company’s circulation of a mass email informing all current employees, beyond senior management, […] more

  7. 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

  8. October 21, 2015

    Failure to Enforce a Proper Litigation Hold for Text Messages Can Be Costly

    BY: Scott J. Sachs, Lisa Allred, Cathie Fields

    As the business world becomes more digital and mobile, the swords and shields used in litigation often take the form of electronically stored information. We frequently advise clients and remind opposing counsel to preserve all documents, including electronically stored information, when they reasonably know that litigation might ensue or as soon a potential claim is […] more

  9. August 25, 2015

    Department of Justice Accelerates Expectations for Website Accessibility

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    As discussed in our May 29, 2015 entry, “Website Accessibility Under the ADA,” the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in the absence of regulations, recognized certain industry principles as guiding public accommodations when making websites accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Relying on such guidelines, businesses and public agencies reasonably believed providing website […] more

  10. July 7, 2015

    Drones: Coming to a School Near You

    BY: Bryan Martin, Todd Goluba

    Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! No…it’s an unmanned aerial device!  No longer the stuff of science fiction, we hear nearly every day about new stories in the media involving unmanned aerial devices – aka drones: La Guardia-Bound Jet Has Close Call with Drone (May 29, 2015, NBCNEWYORK.com) Dallas Cowboys […] more