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Title IX and “Pre-Assault”: Closing the Flood Gates

A new ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals amended a January 2020 opinion on the liability of colleges and universities for “pre-assault claims,” or the argument that inadequate Title IX policies created a “heightened risk” of sexual misconduct.

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CDE Issues Template for Written Report in Place of LCAP; Executive Order N-56-20 Changes Budget Adoption Process for 2020-2021

The California Department of Education (CDE) has issued the template for local education agencies (LEAs) to use for their written report to the community explaining their changes to program offerings made in response to school closures to address COVID-19.

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Appellate Court Clarifies When School Employees are Eligible for Unemployment

May 2020Number 36In United Educators of San Francisco, AFT/CFT, AFL-CIO, NEA/CTA v. California Unemployment Ins. Appeals Bd. (“United Educators”), the Supreme Court of California clarified when and how educational employees might be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during the summer break.

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Industrial Disability Retirement May Still Be Considered a Constructive Discharge

On January 28, 2020, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District revived a former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer’s claims that he was forced to quit because he is openly gay.

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FTC Issues New Guidance Regarding Child Online Privacy Law in Light of COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have transitioned to distance learning. Almost overnight, schools have become dependent on technology in order to provide students with education.

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Recent Executive Orders Increase Access to Childcare for Essentials Workers

In the wake of statewide school closures, workers combatting COVID-19 on the front lines have encountered difficulties finding childcare while they go to work.

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Federal Reserve Launches Municipal Liquidity Facility for Short Term Lending to Eligible States, Cities & Counties

The coronavirus global pandemic and the related shutdowns are causing far-reaching impacts on just about everyone and everything. As the economic toll continues to mount, state and local governments are seeing their tax revenue materially decline, due to decreases in both taxable sales transactions and taxable income.

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Classified Layoffs - in the Age of COVID-19

Public school districts are faced with unprecedented times this school year due to the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, California public school districts closed down their facilities in the middle of March and are now preparing to end the school year in a distance learning environment.

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Pair of Cases Uphold School Districts’ Limitations on Parent Communications and Access to Campus

Parents have legal rights to access school campuses, advocate for their children, and otherwise be involved in their students' education. However, in a pair of recent cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, affirmed, again, that these rights are not unlimited, and are subject to restriction if parents cannot adhere to a school's standards of conduct.

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