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Legal Alert: Vaccine Mandate

Posted by SCOTT WINBURN | Sep 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, President Biden announced his plan to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule in response to two executive orders. The new rule will require all private employers with at least 100 employees to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or re...

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Off-Campus Speech

Posted by ANDREA E. WHITE | Jul 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:  UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ISSUES OPINION ADDRESSING WHETHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY LAWFULLY DISCIPLINE STUDENTS FOR OFF-CAMPUS SPEECH For years, public school districts have grappled with the question whether a student may lawfully be disciplined for off-campus speech, par...

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Fully Vaccinated Employees: Handling Accommodation Requests

Posted by Unknown | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

As more workforce members become vaccinated, questions arise for employers about the necessity of providing accommodations for vaccinated employees, including those who may be parents to young children that are not eligible at this time for the COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, the Centers for Disea...

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UPDATE: DOL INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS ON HOLD

Posted by MOLLY FLYNN | Jan 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

             On January 21, 2021, President Biden took office and asked all federal agencies to freeze proposed regulations and those with pending effective dates – including the Department of Labor (DOL) Independent Contractor new rule. At this time, employers are being advised to wait and see w...

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LEGAL ALERT: REVISED FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA) REGULATIONS MAY PROMPT POLICY UPDATES AND CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) UPDATES CONTACT TRACING GUIDANCE

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Nov 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

FFCRA Updates Following the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) recent revisions to FFCRA regulations, many employers may need to adjust their documentation and intermittent leave policies. There are three specific areas in which employers may need to address: (1) documentation; (2) intermittent lea...

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TELEWORKING

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many school districts across South Carolina are presently using a virtual platform for some or all of student instruction.  While some school districts require that teachers instruct students virtually from the teacher's regular classroom, other districts are allowing teachers to instruct from th...

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LEGAL ALERT: RESUMING ATHLETICS DURING COVID-19

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Jun 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

In light of the current pandemic, the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) recently provided guidelines for districts to consider as athletic programs resume.  Several districts have contacted us about the implementation of these guidelines.  Set forth below are items we recommend districts ...

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LEGAL ALERT- CORONAVIRUS: EMPLOYMENT UPDATE

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Mar 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The unprecedented COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has unsettled the entire nation, demanding immediate adjustments to limit the transmission of the virus. Throughout our country, public schools closed to limit social interactions with others and slow the spread of COVID-19. Consequently, employer...

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LEGAL ALERT- CORONAVIRUS: BOARD MEETINGS AND FOIA

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Mar 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 15, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster announced the temporary closure of schools across the state as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. McMaster's decision applies to South Carolina's public schools and has consequently triggered an array of concerns by school district personne...

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Richland County Bar announces 2020 leadership

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Jan 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Back Row (L to R): Charlie Moore, Walt Cartin, and Jack McKenzie (2018 President). Front Row (L to R): Harrison Saunders, Kristen Horne, Ashley Story and Mike Polk. The Richland County Bar Association (RCBA) has announced its new leadership for 2020 following formal confirmation at the associati...

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Concealed Carry and Weapons on School Grounds

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

School districts across the state continue to have questions about an individual's ability to bring a firearm onto school district property. Below, we outline the most recent guidance and provide some policy considerations that you may find helpful as you navigate this issue in your district. The...

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EMPLOYEE LEAVE

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Mar 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Questions related to employee leave for reasons of personal illness or injury are some of the more confusing legal issues that school districts regularly face.  Set forth below is a summary of the legal principles governing such employee leave to assist school officials in navigating through ...

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A Refresher on Student Discipline for the New Year

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is hard to believe that half of the 2018-19 school year has already passed!  As students begin the second semester, we thought a refresher for school administrators and board members on the state and federal laws governing student discipline would be helpful. District Student Discipline Polici...

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