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WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS REQUEST PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS REQUEST PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

We have been seeing an increased number of due process hearing requests involving demands for reimbursement for unilateral private school placement by parents. The stakes in these situations are often high, particularly if the private placement selected by the parents is a residential program. Before deciding on a course of action, it is imperative to…

Stimulus Bill Impact on FFCRA Paid Leave and Tax Credits

Stimulus Bill Impact on FFCRA Paid Leave and Tax Credits

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a new coronavirus stimulus bill that includes provisions which modify and extend certain parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The FFCRA was set to expire on December 31, 2020.  The new stimulus bill does not require employers to continue FFCRA paid leave benefits. …

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EEOC Provides Updated Technical Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Vaccinations

EEOC Provides Updated Technical Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Vaccinations

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has continued to provide guidance for employers regarding how to handle various workplace situations. The EEOC updated its technical assistance questions and answers on December 16, 2020 to address concerns related to COVID-19 vaccinations that have recently become available.  One of the first questions employers…

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IDEA Class Action Brought Against All U.S. School Districts is Appealed

In a previous Legal Update, we discussed the recently dismissed IDEA class action lawsuit, J.T. v. DeBlasio, filed in the District Court for the Southern District of New York as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Legal Update provides additional information related to the case. In July of 2020, the Plaintiffs’ complaint was filed…

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Happy Special Education Day!

Happy Special Education Day! Looking Ahead to the Biden Administration.

Happy National Special Education Day! Today commemorates the anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (formerly the Education for all Handicapped Children Act) being signed into law in 1975. This was truly a historic milestone. Until then, many children with disabilities were excluded from school. The IDEA was enacted to ensure that every child…

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Disciplining students while in remote, hybrid learning? Keep these points in mind

Disciplining students while in remote, hybrid learning? Keep these points in mind

Discipline is a school’s system designed to minimize disruption and promote positive social interaction. This is achieved through behavior management techniques such as positive reinforcement, social skills training, and development of problem-solving and decision-making skills, as well as punishment. Districts must still carry out discipline during remote and hybrid learning but, like everything else during…

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IDEA Class Action Brought Against All U.S. School Districts is Dismissed

On July 28, 2020, a complaint was brought in the Southern District of New York, in the case J.T. v. de Blasio, against every school district in the United States alleging that all are or have violated the IDEA when deciding to close schools in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plaintiffs not…

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special education IEPs

Tips to ensure virtual MDRs go smoothly

While manifestation determination reviews can sometimes become heated if parents disagree about the student’s misconduct being a manifestation of his disability, the nature of a virtual MDR may defuse tense feelings and keep participants focused on the matter at hand. “It’s harder to interrupt on [a videoconference] than when you’re in person,” said Alana Leffler,…

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403(b) Plan

New Notice Requirement to Employees Regarding Unemployment Benefits

Starting on November 2, 2020, Wisconsin employers must notify employees of the availability of Unemployment Insurance (UI) at the time of separation of employment. Separation of employment can include termination for misconduct, layoffs, and furloughs. This notice, however, does not guarantee that an employee will be eligible to receive UI Benefits, but requires the employer…

Employee Benefits Update: IRS Benefit Plan Limitations

Earlier this morning, the Internal Revenue Service issued various retirement plan limitations for 2021. Some of the most important limits remain unchanged from 2020: Elective Deferral Limit: $19,500 (unchanged from 2020) Catch-Up Contributions: $6,500 (unchanged from 2020) 415 (Total) Plan Limit: $58,000 (increased from $57,000 in 2020) Compensation Limit: $290,000 (increased from $285,000 in 2020)…

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