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BA, University of California, Berkeley

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Stacey's love of education is a family affair. Both of her parents were public school teachers and her brother runs a non-profit for autistic youth.

Sterling v. City of Riverside, et al. (2014) – A former deputy city attorney filed a federal lawsuit against the city, city manager, city attorney and her supervisor alleging that she was a whistleblower who was terminated in violation of her First Amendment rights, the Major Fraud Act, and the False Claims Act. Two of these claims were dismissed on summary judgment by the Court before trial. After a 4-day jury trial on the First Amendment claim, the jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants after deliberating for less than one hour.

Plaintiff v. Private University (2012) – Negotiated a favorable settlement of under $10,000 on behalf of a private university in a lawsuit brought by a former student asserting race discrimination and breach of contract claims.

COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Required For K-12 School Staff and Students in Phases
10/01/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On October 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced a forthcoming statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for both school staff and students.  For students, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be adding the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance—such...

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Employer Obligations After the Expiration of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
09/29/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

In March 2021, the California legislature adopted, and Governor Newsom signed, Senate Bill (SB) 95. This law requires employers to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) to their employees in the event that an employee is not able to work or telework for certain...

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California Department of Public Health Issues COVID-19 Guidance and FAQs to K-12 Schools
09/27/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 22, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated COVID-19 K-12 Guidance to provide new recommendations for the timing of unvaccinated students to exit modified quarantines after close-contact exposure at the supervised school setting, and includes pooled PCR...

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California Department of Public Health Issues COVID-19 Guidance to K-12 Schools on Extracurricular Activities
09/03/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 1, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued updated COVID-19 K-12 Guidance to provide recommendations and requirements for school-based extracurricular activities, and to provide further clarified modified quarantine recommendations.
A. Requirements for...

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Newly Adopted Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Regulations and their Impact on Private Schools
06/18/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On June 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) readopted an amended version of the Emergency Temporary Standards (Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Regulations) (“June 17 Amendments”). These amendments affect many of the requirements that have been in place since OSHSB initially adopted the...

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Governor Newsom Enacts SB95, Obligating Most Employers to Provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to their Employees – What Schools and Non-profits Need to Know
03/23/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 19, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law the California Legislature passed Senate Bill (“SB”) 95, codifying at Labor Code section 248.2 new obligations on employers to provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to employees who are unable to work or telework for certain qualifying...

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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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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 COVID-19 Relief Legislation and its Impact on Private Schools and Other Nonprofit Organizations
12/28/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed new COVID-19 legislation, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.  The new legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and provides more than $300...

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Permissibility of Requiring That Employees at Private Schools Receive the COVID-19 Vaccination
12/07/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Given the recent news coverage concerning COVID-19 vaccines and the government’s distribution plan for such vaccines, many of our private school clients have inquired whether it will be permissible to require school employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. This question is important from a public...

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Governor Newsom Announces New Regional Stay At Home Order (Private Education)
12/04/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 3, in order to slow the unprecedented rise in the rate of increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new Regional Stay At Home Order (the “Order”).
The Order will take effect on December 5, 2020 in any region of the state, as...

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CDC Reduces Recommended Quarantine Period Following “Close Contact” Exposures to Individuals with COVID-19 – What Private Schools Need to Know
12/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On December 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued updated guidance concerning the recommended quarantine period for individuals following a “close contact” exposure to someone with COVID-19. The guidance reduces the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to either 10...

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Cal/OSHA Board Adopts Emergency Regulations Regarding COVID-19 for Private Schools
11/30/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On November 19, 2020, pursuant to emergency rulemaking authority, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“OSHSB”) adopted temporary regulations regarding measures that all employers must undertake in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace (“emergency...

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California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Issue Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
11/24/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

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...

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California Department of Public Health Issues COVID-19 Travel Advisory Recommending 14-Day Self Quarantine for Any Non-Essential Travel Out of State and Previous Public Health Guidance Issued Regarding Holiday Gatherings and Higher Risk Activities
11/13/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On November 13, 2020, in response to alarming increases in the incidence rates of COVID-19 in other countries and states, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued a travel advisory to California residents.  This travel advisory follows recent state and federal guidance limiting...

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State Guidance Issued for Elementary School Waivers, Extracurricular Activities, and FAQs for Reopening K-12 Schools
08/05/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On August 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance for schools and school-based programs.  The latest guidance includes frequently asked questions from schools and provides information regarding the waiver process for in-person learning elementary education.
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Governor Announces Restrictions On The Reopening of K-12 Schools For In Person Instruction And Issues New State Guidance
07/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Earlier today, Governor Newsom announced statewide restrictions on the reopening of K-12 schools, including private schools, and issued updated state guidelines and requirements regarding both in person and distance learning, as summarized in this bulletin.
A.       Restrictions on when Schools are...

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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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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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Updated Special Bulletin: Governor Issues New Statewide Guidance for Reopening of Businesses, Including Childcare Facilities
05/13/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Last month the Governor laid out a four stage plan for reopening the state.  Last week, we provided an update that the State entered into the first phase of stage 2 of the reopening process on Friday May 8th.  This first phase of stage 2 permitted the retail industry, including the reopening of...

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Governor Issues New Statewide Guidance For Reopening of Businesses
05/12/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Last month the Governor laid out a four stage plan for reopening the state.  Last week, we provided an update that the State entered into the first phase of stage 2 of the reopening process on Friday May 8th.  This first phase of stage 2 permitted the retail industry, including the reopening of...

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Authorizing Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19 for Private Schools
05/08/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act and how employers may respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The EEOC makes clear that while the laws...

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Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Establishing Workers’ Compensation Presumption Regarding Contraction of COVID-19: What Private Schools Need to Know
05/08/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 establishing “presumptive eligibility” for workers’ compensation benefits to any employee who is directed to report to their place of employment and then subsequently contracts COVID-19 during the time period between March 19 and...

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The State And Bay Area Counties Modify Shelter In Place Orders; Current Orders Permit Summer Camps And Schools To Provide Services For Children Of Essential Workers If Specified Conditions Are Met
05/08/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

A.      Governor Announces that the State is Entering Stage 2 of California’s Four Stage Reopening Plan
Last month the Governor laid out a four stage plan for reopening the state as follows:

We are currently in Stage 1, which involves only opening essential businesses;
Stage 2 will be when some...

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Interaction Between Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave/State Disability Insurance
04/30/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Employees who are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) may also file a claim for Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) or State Disability Insurance (“SDI”), two benefits established under California law.
PFL provides 60-70% wage...

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Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations Concerning Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) What Private Schools Need to Know
04/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations, and related comments, concerning the paid leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), including the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave...

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Business Contracts: The Importance of Force Majeure Provisions in Light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
03/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Nonprofits should consider how the Coronavirus may affect the business contracts they have with third parties.  Many nonprofits have had to reduce or modify activities or cancel events.  Whether the nonprofit is entitled to a refund or whether it must pay the third party upon cancellation, will...

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Vendor Contracts: The Importance of Force Majeure Provisions in Light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What Private Schools Need to Know
03/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Schools should consider how the Coronavirus may affect the business contracts they have with vendors.  Many schools are considering or have implemented school closures and are cancelling events, including upcoming international and domestic trips.  Whether the school is entitled to a refund or...

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Further Guidance from Bay Area Cities and Counties on Shelter in Place Orders
03/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

We previously reported on the Shelter in Place orders announced by public health officials on March 16, 2020, which go into effect on March 17th at 12:01am  through April 7th.   These orders were announced by public health officials from the 6 Bay Area Counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra...

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County Health Officials Order Six Bay Area Counties to Shelter in Place Due to COVID-19
03/16/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Today public health officials from six (6) Bay Area Counties (San Francisco City and County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Marin County)  announced new orders directing all individuals within these jurisdictions to shelter in place.  Public health...

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Gov. Newsom Issues Guidance People over the age of 65 and those with Chronic Health Conditions Should Self Isolate and Calls for Closure of Some Businesses; LA Mandates Certain Business Closures; The CDC Issues New Recommendation Against Gatherings of 50
03/16/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 15, 2020, Governor Newsom held a press conference where he made a further announcement regarding provisions for the public to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. As a consideration, in order to protect the most vulnerable, which includes elders 65 and older, he stated that he was...

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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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Special Bulletin For Private Education: New Travel Restrictions Announced By The President, The CDC, and The State Department
03/13/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Earlier this week, LCW issued guidance to schools regarding trips in light of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  LCW also issued guidance regarding schools’ ability to send students and employees home based on their recent travel to countries that have Level 3 or Level 2 Travel Notices from the...

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Additional Information and Resources for Private Schools Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
03/11/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

We issued Special Bulletins earlier this week on Student and Employee Issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has declared that the global spread of COVID-19 can now be characterized as a pandemic.   There has also been additional guidance issued by...

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FAQs for Private Schools on Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Employees Issues
03/09/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

In the past month, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout much of the world, including to the United States.  Last week Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in California.  Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties, among others, have also declared a Local Health Emergency.  Action...

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FAQs for Private Schools on Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Student Issues
03/09/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

In the past month, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout much of the world, including to the United States.  Last week Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in California.  Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties, among others, have also declared a Local Health Emergency.  Action...

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District Court Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Enjoining the State from Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements (AB 51)
02/03/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51) prohibited mandatory arbitration agreements in employment.  The new law was set to take effect on January 1, 2020.  However, the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups sued to block AB 51.  They sought to have AB 51 declared preempted by the Federal...

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Governor Signs AB 218 into Law, Which Significantly Extends The Statute of Limitations Period for Claims of Childhood Sexual Assault
10/17/2019
LCW Special Bulletin

On October 13, 2019, the Governor signed into law AB 218, which significantly extends the statute of limitations period for individuals to file civil lawsuits for childhood sexual abuse against persons and entities.  Similar legislation was passed by the California Assembly and Senate last year (AB...

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