1. 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

  2. February 2, 2017

    School District Day Care Center and Preschool Staff May Have to Abide by New Vaccination Requirements

    BY: Michael Cullen, Todd Goluba, Elizabeth Rho-Ng

    Senate Bill 792 (“SB 792”), which went into effect on September 1, 2016, requires employees and volunteers of day care centers (including preschools) licensed by the California Department of Social Services (“CDSS”) to be vaccinated for influenza, pertussis, and measles. The author of SB 792, Senator Mendoza, captured the legislative intent of the bill in […] more

  3. 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

  4. September 20, 2016

    Judge Reinforces Local District Control and Flexibility in Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

    BY: Mark Bresee, Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza, Tony De Marco

    With much media fanfare, in July, 2015 the advocacy group Students Matter filed a lawsuit against 13 large school districts, alleging these districts are failing to comply with the provision of state law regarding the use of scores on state-mandated assessments in teacher evaluations.  AALRR represented five of the districts.  Yesterday Superior Court Judge Barry […] more

  5. September 19, 2016

    Workplace Disability Issues: California Court of Appeal Suggests, without Deciding, Employers Must Accommodate Employees’ Association with Disabled Individuals

    BY: Jacquelyn Takeda, Cathie Fields

    On August 29, 2016, a California Court of Appeal backed away from an earlier a decision that employers must accommodate employees based on their association with individuals with a disability. (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express (Aug. 29, 2016) 2016 WL 45066089.) Before the court’s groundbreaking holding in April 2016, as reported in this post, no court had […] more

  6. 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

  7. August 9, 2016

    EEOC Limits on Disability-Related Inquiries Regarding Employee Participation in Employer-Sponsored Wellness Plans

    BY: Georgelle Cuevas, Todd Goluba

    Earlier this year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an official Final Rule to amend the Regulations and the accompanying Interpretive Guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This Final Rule affects all wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries and/or medical examinations and requires that all health programs must be […] more

  8. August 5, 2016

    IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Eligible Benefit “Opt-Out” Arrangements

    BY: Cathie Fields, William Diedrich

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 made unprecedented changes to health benefit plans. The most sweeping ACA provisions took effect in 2014; other provisions have been delayed from their original implementation target dates. The Internal Revenue Service, the agency responsible for enforcing many of the ACA’s tax implications, has issued various regulations under the […] more

  9. June 14, 2016

    Newly-Unveiled Office for Civil Rights Data Shows Persistent Gaps in Educational Equity

    BY: Peter Denno, Todd Goluba

    On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provided the public with a “First Look” at the data gathered during its biennial Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 school year. In its accompanying press release, OCR highlighted data points that reveal persistent disparities in educational equity and […] more

  10. May 31, 2016

    Workplace Disability Issues: California Employers Must Accommodate Employees’ Association with Disabled Individuals

    BY: Jacquelyn Takeda, Cathie Fields

    On April 6, 2016, a California Court of Appeal determined that under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) an employer has an obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s association with a disabled individual. (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 180.)  To date, no other court has decided that […] more