Agency Payments in Anticipation of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s imminent decision in Janus v. AFSCME, we write to address an issue that may arise regarding the collection of agency fees from non-union member employees just prior to the Court’s decision. Agency fee statutes permit government unions to collect fees from workers who are covered by a union […]

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New Regulations Implementing New York State’s ESSA Plan

On June 12, 2018, the New York State Board of Regents adopted emergency regulations  to implement New York’s approved State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”).  As you recall, ESSA was enacted in 2015 as the legislative reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”), replacing the previous legislative […]

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Partner Randy Glasser will present a seminar on Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know

Partner Randy Glasser will present a seminar on Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know on July 13, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Westbury, New York.  The event is sponsored by the National Business Institute.

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Amendment to State Aid 180-Day Regulations Regarding Calculation of Superintendents’ Conference Days.

At its June 12, 2018 meeting, the Board of Regents approved, on an emergency basis, an amendment to the emergency regulations adopted at its April 2018 meeting regarding the calculation of the annual minimum hours of instructional time that can be counted towards superintendents’ conference days for purposes of meeting the 180-day instructional requirement […]

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Partners Randy Glasser and Bonnie Gorham will present at an interactive workshop sponsored by NBI regarding Special Education Law

Partners Randy Glasser and Bonnie Gorham will present at an interactive workshop sponsored by NBI regarding Special Education Law.  The event will take place at the Four Points Sheraton in Plainview, New York.

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New State Laws Aimed at Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This year’s State Budget legislation amended State law to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace (Ch. 57 of the Laws of 2018, Part KK, Subparts A-F). The legislation includes several new mandates that apply to all employers, including school districts and BOCES. The key provisions of the legislation, and the effective […]

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2018 Spring Retreat

Partner John P. Sheahan will chair the 2018 Spring Retreat for the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola, New York. Partner Christopher F. Mestecky will present on DASA, Bullying and the Legal Requirements.

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Partner Kathy Ahearn to present at NYSBA Fall Conference

Partner Kathy Ahearn will be co-presenting with Dr. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent of Shenendehowa Central School District, at the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) 2018 Fall Conference on November 16, 2018. The topic of discussion will be Political Discourse in Public Schools – Complex Issues Without Simple Rules. […]

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DASA Reporting and Transgender Students – New Regulatory Amendment

On today’s date, the Board of Regents adopted an emergency amendment to the Commissioner’s regulations governing the reporting requirements under the Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”) to clarify the responsibilities of district administrators and staff, particularly with respect to transgender students. The amendment is effective immediately. Guercio & Guercio, LLP clients […]

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Charitable Funds for Public Educational Purposes

Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018 (Part LL), signed into law on April 12, 2018, amends several provisions of the Education Law and the Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) to allow school districts to accept unrestricted charitable donations for public educational purposes and grant donors a corresponding tax credit of up to 95% […]

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