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COVID-19 Vaccine Policies For Private K-12 Schools
05/27/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

As private K-12 schools plan for the 2021-2022 school year, many are asking the pressing question of whether they can (or should) require students to be fully vaccinated as a condition of returning to campus in the fall.  Given the current lack of federal or state guidance on this issue, each...

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Permissibility of COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Students at Community Colleges
05/18/2021

Community college districts are planning for students to return to campus in the fall.  Of the myriad of considerations that districts need to decide, one is whether to require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The American College Health Association (“ACHA”) announced its...

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Permissibility Of COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements For Students At Private Colleges And Universities
05/14/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

Private colleges and universities are planning for students to return to campus in the fall.  Of the myriad of considerations that will need to be decided, one is whether to require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Recently, the American College Health Association (ACHA) announced...

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California Supreme Court To Decide Case On Disciplinary Process Owed To Students
04/22/2021
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

On September 16, 2020, the California Supreme Court granted review of Boermeester v. Carry, a case involving the expulsion of student Matthew Boermeester from the University of Southern California (“USC”) for intimate partner violence in violation of USC policy after an investigation and a...

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CDPH Releases Guidance for Commencement/Graduation Ceremonies
04/05/2021

On March 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Commencement/Graduation Ceremonies (“Guidance”) “to provide recommendations to help students, teachers, families, and school administrators celebrate the momentous...

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CA Dept. of Education Releases EANS Program Reference Application; Portal To Submit Application Opens April 12, 2021
04/01/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 31, 2021, the California Department of Education (“CDE”) released a reference version of the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Program Application (“EANS Application”) for the EANS funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021...

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American Rescue Plan Act: What Nonprofits Need To Know
03/18/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“American Rescue Plan” or “Plan”), a $1.9 trillion dollar legislative package intended to address the economic damage caused by COVID-19.  This bulletin highlights some of the key American Rescue Plan...

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American Rescue Plan Act: What Private Schools Need To Know
03/18/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“American Rescue Plan” or “Plan”), a $1.9 trillion dollar legislative package intended to address the economic damage caused by COVID-19.  This bulletin highlights some of the key American Rescue Plan...

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Governor Signs COVID-19 Reporting and Safety Plan Legislation for Schools
03/08/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 5, 2021, Governor Newsom approved Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86), which imposes COVID-19 case reporting, COVID-19 school re-opening status reporting, and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements largely similar to those imposed by the California Public Health Department (CDPH) COVID-19 and Reopening...

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Updated Youth Sports Guidance and Other Guidance and Resources For Schools and Employers Issued By CDPH and DIR/LWDA
02/24/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

Within the last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) have issued new guidance and resources for schools and employers, including updated guidance for youth sports.
CDPH K-12 Schools...

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Local COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Fill Gap Left By FFCRA Expiration
02/10/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

In the spring of 2020, in response to the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided leave and benefits for COVID-19-related reasons to eligible employees of employers with less than 500 employees, many California cities and counties passed supplemental COVID-19...

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What Schools Need to Know About the New CDPH Consolidated Guidance for K-12 Schools
01/19/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance for K-12 schools, titled “COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year.”  The K-12 School Guidance does not...

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New K-12 Schools Reopening In-Person Framework and Updated Guidance Issued
01/15/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued new 50-page guidance, titled COVID-19 and Reopening Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, which serves as both an update and a consolidation of previous K-12 school-related guidance issued by...

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CDPH Releases COVID-19 Testing Considerations for Schools
01/08/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

As noted in the January 19, 2021, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore bulletin, What Schools Need To Know About The New CDPH Consolidated Guidance For K-12 Schools, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance on January 14, 2021, for public and private K-12 schools titled, Testing...

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Governor Issues Executive Order Revising Cal/OSHA Quarantine Guidance
12/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-84-20 (the “Order”), addressing a number of issues related to COVID-19 and the present public health emergency.
The Order revises the provision in the newly adopted Cal/OSHA regulations requiring that employees quarantine for 14...

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Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations Concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – September 14, 2020
09/28/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced three revisions it was making to the regulations concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (29 C.F.R. § 826.) The revised regulations will take effect on September 16, 2020.
The DOL...

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Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations Concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Private Schools
09/25/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced three revisions it is making to the regulations concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (29 C.F.R. § 826.) The revised regulations took effect on September 16, 2020.
The DOL revised...

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California Department of Public Health Updates Guidance Related to Cohorts
09/11/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

CDPH Cohorting Guidance and Governor’s Supplemental FAQ
On Friday, September 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) revised its Guidance Related to Cohorts  (“Cohorting Guidance”), which it originally released on August 25, 2020.
The Cohorting Guidance is intended to provide...

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CDSS Issues FAQS And Guidance On Waivers, Cohorts, Group Size, And Ratios For Childcare Facilities And Providers
09/01/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On August 25, 2020, the California Department of Social Services (“CDSS”) issued a new Provider Information Notice (“PIN”), titled “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) Regarding Waivers Available for Licensed Child Care Facilities and License-Exempt Providers Due to Coronavirus Disease...

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California Department of Public Health Releases New Guidance for Case and Contact Management for Childcare, and Return to Work/School After Covid-19; CDC Updates Travel Restrictions
08/27/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

CDPH Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis
On Monday, August 24, 2020, the CDPH released Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis, which applies to individuals not in healthcare settings who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The CDPH...

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The State Issues Guidance for the Reopening of Schools and School-Based Programs, Childcare Facilities and Day Camps
06/08/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On June 5, 2020, the State issued industry guidance for schools and school-based programs, childcare facilities, and day camps.
COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs
The Governor previously announced that counties that have completed and submitted a written attestation to...

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City of Los Angeles and Contra Costa County Issue New Orders, Los Angeles County Cleared to Move More Quickly Through Stage 2, and Marin County Issues Reopening Guidance for Schools
06/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

City of Los Angeles Issues New Safer-At-Home Order
On June 1, 2020, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a new “Safer-At-Home” order, which supersedes the March 19, 2020 (revised May 27, 2020) order.  The new Safer-At-Home order continues to require that all individuals except for “young...

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California Counties, CDC, and ACA Begin Issuing Guidance For Opening Of Summer Camps
05/29/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

As we await guidance from the State on the opening of summer camps, several counties, the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are beginning to issue their own guidance and provide resources to assist summer camp programs plan to operate during a summer camp...

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Los Angeles County and Other Counties Issue K-12 Reopening Guidance; The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Provides an Update on Statewide Guidance
05/28/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

A.  Superintendent Tony Thurmond Provides an Update on Statewide Guidance Regarding the Reopening of K-12 Schools
On May 27, 2020, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, provided an update on the Department of Education’s efforts to assist schools with the reopening process...

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New Guidance From the CDC and the California Department of Public Health on the Reopening of K-12 Schools
05/27/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

CDC Issues Guidance Regarding the Reopening of K-12 Schools, Summer Day Camps, and Child Care Programs
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance titled, CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.  The...

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Further Guidance on the Reopening of Childcare Facilities
05/26/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

1.  Statewide Orders Regarding the Reopening of Childcare Facilities 
On May 12, 2020, the Governor modified the statewide Shelter-in-Place order to permit childcare facilities that comply with statewide industry guidance to operate for children of all workers (rather than only for children of...

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What Private Schools Should Know About Layoffs And Furloughs
04/14/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significant for all of us.  The closure of physical campuses, and the transition to distance learning when feasible, is drastically altering how many private schools operate and forcing others to close operations altogether.  We are already...

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Ensuring That Employees with Reduced Hours Qualify for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”) under the CARES Act for Non-Profit Employers
04/13/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Note: This is the first of a two-part series concerning federal unemployment assistance.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law. Under that Act, the federal government established two programs to expand unemployment...

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Ensuring That Employees with Reduced Hours Qualify for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”) under the CARES Act for Private Schools
04/13/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Note: This is the first of a two-part series concerning federal unemployment assistance.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law. Under that Act, the federal government established two programs to expand unemployment...

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Update, March 26, 2020, 9:00am, Department of Labor Releases FFCRA Employee Rights Notice
03/26/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released new content and guidance on its COVID-19 and the American Workplace website.  Among the new content, is the notice of employees’ rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that, according to the...

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House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Bill Moves To Senate For Vote
03/16/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 14, 2020, at 12:51 am, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6201, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act).  The bill will now move to the Senate, where it...

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California Supreme Court May Soon Decide the Fate Of The “California Rule”
02/03/2020
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

For nearly 60 years, since the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Allen v. City of Long Beach in 1955, the “California Rule” remained a mainstay of California common law.  The California Rule is the general notion that a public employee is vested in the pension benefit promised at the...

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