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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Legal Alert: SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Jul 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (SCPAA) was signed into law on May 17, 2018. With the signing of the SCPAA, South Carolina joins twenty-two (22) other states providing protection to pregnant employees in addition to those provided under federal law. Employers are required to consp...

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She Gets a Contract, He Gets a Contract, Everybody Gets a Contract! – A Certified Employee Primer Just In Time For Contract Renewal Season

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Jan 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Contract renewal season is right around the corner. Under state law, all certified employees must be notified before May 1st of whether the district will issue them a contract of employment for the subsequent school year. This article provides a list of best practices for your District when makin...

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Legal Alert: Balancing Students' and Employees' First Amendment Protections in Light of Controversial Protests Against the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by ASHLEY STORY | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson wrote about the American flag" ... which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation." Alongside the flag, the "Pledge of Allegiance" has been heard echoing in school hallways for many decades afte...

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