2020-2021 State Budget Legislation

On April 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the 2020-2021 State budget. The Budget legislation makes significant changes related to State aid, union access to new employee orientations, paid time off to vote, the sale, distribution, and marketing of vapor products and e-cigarettes, the sale and distribution of containers composed of Styrofoam, and […]

By |April 21st, 2020|Legal Update|Comments Off on 2020-2021 State Budget Legislation

Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”)

We write to provide an update as to the available guidance provided by various governmental agencies regarding the myriad of issues related to COVID-19 (e.g., prevention, sanitation, protocols, etc.) as well as some associated labor issues.  Guercio and Guercio clients can view this entire memorandum in the client portal.

By |March 6th, 2020|Legal Update|Comments Off on Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”)

Probationary Period for Administrators

Recently enacted amendments to the Education Law will provide for a shortened probationary period of three years (rather than four years) for administrators who were previously granted tenure in an authorized administrative tenure area. The amendments take effect on June 1, 2020 and apply only to individuals beginning their probationary periods on or after that date.  Guercio & […]

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Recently Adopted Data Privacy and Security Regulations

On January 14, 2020, the Board of Regents adopted the long-awaited regulations implementing the data privacy and security requirements of Education Law §2-d. The new regulations are effective January 29, 2020. The entire memorandum summarizing the regulations and the additional steps educational agencies must take to comply with the requirements of Section 2-d can […]

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Legislative Changes to School District Budget Votes and Elections

On November 11, 2019, the Governor signed into law “n Act to amend the education law, in relation to military voters and ballots for election of members of the board of education and school district public library trustees, and the adoption of the annual budget and school district public library budget and referenda.” Ch. […]

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APPR Regulations

At the Board of Regents meeting held on January 14, 2020, the Regents re-adopted emergency APPR regulations and it is anticipated the Regents will act to adopt the regulations on a permanent basis in February. Guercio & Guercio clients may read the memorandum regarding these regulations in the Client Portal.

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Election Law Section 5-507 Voter Pre-Registration and Education on Voter Pre-Registration

Effective January 1, 2020, students who are at least 16 years of age and are otherwise qualified to register to vote may pre-register to vote and will automatically be registered to vote upon turning 18 years of age. Election Law §5-507. Section 5-507(2), which addresses “Encouragement of student voter registration and pre-registration”, […]

By |December 23rd, 2019|Legal Update|Comments Off on Election Law Section 5-507 Voter Pre-Registration and Education on Voter Pre-Registration

New Sexual Harassment Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

New Sexual Harassment Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo – On August 12, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed a bill (S.6577/A.8421) into law that comprehensively extended protections for those making claims of sexual harassment.  The law furthers the goals of 2018’s package of reforms, which, among other things, required all employers, public […]

By |October 17th, 2019|Legal Update|Comments Off on New Sexual Harassment Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

Stop-Arm Camera Bill Legislation

The New York State Legislature has recently enacted legislation authorizing the installation of cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses.  These cameras will use photo monitoring devices to “detect and record vehicles illegally passing or overtaking a school bus.” The owner of a vehicle detected by such a camera to be overtaking or […]

By |September 10th, 2019|Legal Update|Comments Off on Stop-Arm Camera Bill Legislation

New Legal Rights for Employees who are Victims of Domestic Violence

On August 20, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law containing new protections for employees who are victims of domestic violence.  The new law is applicable to all employees including school districts.  Guercio & Guercio clients may read the entire memorandum in the Client Portal.

By |September 10th, 2019|Legal Update|Comments Off on New Legal Rights for Employees who are Victims of Domestic Violence