Education Law Update: U.S. Department of Education confirms Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notice of Interpretation on June 16, 2021 explaining that OCR will enforce Title IX to protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Discrimination on…

COVID-19 Planning Tool for Schools/Districts

Designed by Paul T. O’Neill – In consultation with many schools, Paul T. O’Neill has developed a rubric for programs to use in planning for the summer and coming school year despite the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis….

Client Alert: Ban lifted on nursing home arbitration agreements

By Greg Vanden-Eykel The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a “final rule” that long term care facilities are permitted to use pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements. Effective September 16, 2019, a facility may utilize arbitration agreements, but…

Grandparent Visitation in Rhode Island

On March 13, 2019, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying the law surrounding grandparent visitation in Rhode Island.  If you or someone you know is a grandparent who is unable to see their grandchild or facing extremely…

New York State Testing Concerns

We want to send you and your students good vibes and good luck for the upcoming state tests. As you gear up for the testing, here are a few reminders from the lawyers: Make sure that test administration is carried…