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Statutory Changes to Athletic Trainer Laws: What’s New?

Earlier this summer, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act No. 17-195, An Act Concerning Athletic Trainers (the “Act”), which amended the statute governing the professional requirements surrounding athletic trainers. Effective October 1, 2017, Section 1 of the Act amended … Read more

Webinar Recap: Mandated Reporting in Connecticut – Understanding Legal Obligations and Best Practice

In case you missed it, Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie C. Fay and Laura A. Fisher recently presented a complimentary webinar on the topic of mandated reporting in Connecticut for independent and public schools.  The webinar reviewed the obligations under … Read more

Presidential Proclamation Outlines Rules for New Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration issued a proclamation that imposes new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The proclamation, … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Prior Title IX Guidance and Issues Interim Guidance on Sexual Misconduct

Last Friday, in advance of the public rule-making process concerning schools’ Title IX responsibilities, the U.S. Department of Education rescinded its current Title IX guidance concerning sexual harassment and violence.  Particularly, the Department withdrew its Dear Colleague Letter dated April … Read more

Webinar: Mandated Reporting in Connecticut – Understanding Legal Obligations and Best Practice

Join Shipman & Goodwin school law attorneys Julie C. Fay and Laura A. Fisher for this complimentary webinar for independent schools and public schools.

This program will explore obligations of school employees under Connecticut’s mandatory reporting law on child abuse … Read more

Four Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys to Present at the 2017 CAIS Annual Conference on Governance

On September 23, 2017, four Shipman & Goodwin attorneys will present sessions at the 2017 CAIS Annual Conference on Governance, a conference for trustees, heads, business managers and senior-level school administrators interested in governance.

Julie C. Fay and Morgan P. Read more

DHS Rescinds Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): What You Need to Know About the End of DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests … Read more

Webinar: A Legal Primer – Tax and Charitable Giving for Independent Schools

Join Shipman & Goodwin tax and trusts and estates attorneys Ray Casella and Danielle Ferrucci on September 13, 2017 for this complimentary webinar for independent schools. Presenters will discuss tax issues specific to private educational institutions, including:

  • property tax exemptions
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Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss

On Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the case involving a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China.  In its ruling, the Supreme Court found unanimously … Read more

Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the following symposium.  This is a free presentation open to the public.  Although this presentation is focused on public schools, the topic should be of interest to all educators, … Read more

Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017

In 2016, Connecticut passed legislation that significantly expanded the scope of  background check requirements for public schools when hiring new employees.  That law, colloquially referred to as the “Pass the Trash” bill, was intended to make it harder for a … Read more

Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court consolidated the two key cases in the travel and refugee ban litigation sparked by President Trump’s executive orders and decided that the case will be heard during the first session of the October … Read more

Webinar: 401(k) Plans – Best Practices for Employers and Plan Administrators

Join Shipman & Goodwin pension and employee benefits attorneys for this complimentary webinar for institutions with 401(k) plans. Presenters will discuss today’s 401(k) issues that require the immediate and ongoing focus of 401(k) plan sponsors and administrators, and provide them … Read more

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