Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.

Nov 20, 2020 Special Bulletins

California Department of Public Health Issues Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

On November 16, 2020, in response to significant increases in the incidence rates of COVID-19 in the state, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued updated guidance concerning the use of face coverings. The updated guidance requires that individuals wear a face covering at all times when outside of the home unless one of the eleven (11) enumerated exemptions applies. Unlike other guidance issued by the CDPH that is advisory in nature, the guidance concerning face coverings is mandatory. 

Nov 19, 2020 Tips from the Table
Labor Relations Tips During a Pandemic

Labor Relations Tips During a Pandemic

Nov 19, 2020 Education Matters

Student Not Required To Exhaust Administrative Remedies Under The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act When Arguing School District Discriminated Against Her By Failing To Provide Accommodations And Creating A Hostile Learning Environment

L.M., a student with a disability, attended school in the Eugene School District 4J, which developed L.M.’s 504 Plan, a written document describing the regular or special education and related aids and services L.M. needed. The 504 Plan identified limited accommodations for L.M., including extra time on tests and assignments, reduced assignments and projects, preferred seating, and a quiet and separate testing environment. However, when L.M. began high school, teacher Michael Stasack declined to implement L.M.’s 504 Plan accommodations and repeatedly suggested she did not belong in the French Language Program due to her disability.

Nov 19, 2020 Education Matters

U.S. Department Of Education Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Civil Rights Responsibilities During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education released two Question and Answer guidance documents on September 28, 2020. The guidance provides assistance regarding the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the current COVID-19 environment and school reopening strategies.

Nov 19, 2020 Education Matters

U.S. Department Of Education Issues Revised Guidance Regarding CARES Act Funding To Private School Students

The U.S. Department of Education released updated guidance entitled” Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under CARES Act Program” after three court cases—including brought by the State of California— successfully challenged the Department’s initial guidance issued on April 30, 2020. The CARES Act authorized the Education Stabilization Fund, which was a new appropriation of $30.75 billion that created funding streams for programs that addressed the impact of COVID-19 on educational services. Under these programs, the Department awarded governors, State educational agencies, and institutions of higher education to help states prevent, prepare for, and respond to the effects of COVID-19. Two programs required local educational agencies that received funds to provide equitable services to students and teachers in private schools.

Nov 19, 2020 Education Matters

U.S. Department Of Education Rescinds And Replaces 2016 Handbook For Campus Safety And Security Reporting

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act contained specific campus safety- and security-related requirements for institutions of higher education. In an announcement made October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education stated the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and previous versions of the Handbook created additional requirements and expanded the scope of the statute and regulations. In an effort to eliminate guidance that extended beyond the statutory and regulatory requirements and reduce regulatory confusion, the Department rescinded the 2016 Handbook. However, this action does not change any statutory or regulatory requirements related to Clery Act reporting.