Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.
On April 22, 2019, the United States Supreme Court indicated that it may be ready to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation and transgender status by agreeing to hear the following three appeals: (1) Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, 2nd Cir. […]
On April 10, 2019, the United States Department of Education released a Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources to provide guidance on creating a positive school climate, reduce disciplinary issues, and increase overall school safety. The guide also provides best practices and additional resources on these topics. To read the guide, click here. […]
On April 1, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to update the responsibilities of employers and joint employers. The proposed rule would establish a four-factor test to determine joint liability for minimum wage and overtime violations. The four-factor test looks to see if the potential joint employer exercises the power […]
School districts derive substantial revenue from property taxes. As a result, McGown & Markling recommends that all school districts actively take steps to protect their property valuation – especially when property owners are seeking to reduce property values. If you do not know whether you have property owners seeking to reduce their property values for tax year 2018, […]
On March 28, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking updating the exclusions allowed when calculating overtime payments. Additionally, the proposed changes would change the definitions of “show up,” “call back,” and other similar types of pay from “infrequent and sporadic” to “without prearrangement.” To read the notice and […]
The United States Department of Education published non-regulatory, non-binding guidance to assist school districts prepare report cards for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The guidance covers areas of charter school reporting, calculation of student participation rates, the definition of a graduation cohort, and more. To read the guidance, click here. Authors: Matthew John Markling and […]