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Deciphering the Rights and Roles of Never Married Parents

The beginning of the 2015-2016 school year is quickly approaching.  Once again, school districts will be confronted with a myriad of questions related to parental rights, such as which parent’s address controls for tuition-free attendance purposes, which parent is responsible for comp
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FMLA Expanded to Grant Leave Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family medical reasons.  One such reason allows eligible employees to take up to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave in a 12-month period to care for the
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Providing Services to English Language Learner Students Pursuant to Lau v. Nichols – the Office for Civil Rights’s Guidance 40 Years Later

Introduction On January 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issued joint guidance regarding school districts’ legal obligations to English Language Learner (“ELL”) students.  It has been 40
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Addressing the Threat of Measles

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 382 confirmed cases of the measles virus in 2014.  Measles symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, and red, watery eyes for about four days, followed by a rash.  The rash usually lasts 5-6 days and begins a
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The Affordable Care Act and Nonlicensed Coaches

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act (“the ACA”) requires all “applicable large employers” (employers with 50 or more full-time employees) to offer affordable health coverage that provides a minimum level of coverage to its full-time employees and their dependents.  “Ful
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The Ohio Supreme Court Rejects the Use of Allocated Sale Prices to Determine Property Value for Tax Valuation Purposes Where the Evidence is Unauthenticated and Inconsistent

Boards of education currently have the right to contest tax valuation complaints seeking to reduce property values – and thus taxes owed – in their district.  In those complaints, property owners often rely on recent sale prices as the basis for their requested reductions in value, as
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Employee Health Insurance Benefits During Workers’ Compensation Leave

While Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Act does not require an employer to maintain an employee on the employer’s health insurance plan during the time the employee is on leave for an injury covered by Workers’ Compensation, other laws may entitle an employee to continue to receive health
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Parental “Opt-Out” of Statewide Diagnostic Assessments

Our office has received an increase in the number of questions from clients regarding statewide diagnostic assessment “opt-out” forms this past year.  Various organizations from Ohio and around the country have been advocating for parents to refuse to allow their students to be assess
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Statutory Changes that will Require Revision to Board Policies and the Training of Employees about Diabetes

With the Ohio General Assembly’s passage of House Bills 487 and 171 over the summer, school districts need to evaluate their policies to ensure they are in compliance with numerous changes to the Ohio Revised Code that are set to take effect as early as September 11, 2014. As a result
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