School Update: Vaccines and Masks

To Our School Board Community: As we anticipate the return to full in person instruction for our students, we are again seeing increased Executive Orders, and last minute guidance. On August 20, 2021 the New Jersey Department of Education updated the “Road Forward” guidance and on August 23, 2021, Governor Murphy announced Executive Order 253 […]

William S. Donio to speak on “School Law Today” Podcast Wed. Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

William S. Donio, Chairman of Cooper Levenson’s Education Law Practice Group, will join Ray Pinney of the New Jersey School Board Association on the podcast “School Law Today” Wed. Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Donio and Pinney will discuss remote instruction and student privacy. The session description includes: “One of the foundations of education law […]

Is Filing for Divorce a Piece of Cake?

I recently saw a story about a bride who uploaded a polarizing Tik Tok video from her wedding. The video showed the bride playfully putting some frosting on her new husband’s face during the cake cutting. Harmless enough—or so she thought. Well, he in turn grabbed the cake, all three layers of it, and smashed […]

First Look at Executive Order #214

To Our School Board Community: On January 11, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 214 regarding the implementation of new policies for the 2020-2021 school year. Specifically, the Executive Order implements the following: The statutory graduation proficiency test requirement mandated by N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-2 et seq. is waived for seniors who have not yet met […]

First Look at Executive Order No. 175

To Our School Board Community: Today, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 175 which addresses, among other things, reopening plans and reopening requirements, requirements for all-remote learning, and periodic updates to the Department of Education. We are working to unpack this lengthy Executive Order so we can provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate […]

Reminder: Updated Remote Instruction Emergency Plans Due Tomorrow, 5/22

To Our School Board Community:We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19 school closures. On Monday, May 4, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that the schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As such, we […]

Will COVID-19 Be a Valid Defense to Accidental Wage and Hour Violations?

While focused on the challenges of operation during this time, many employers have relaxed their usual internal office recordkeeping and timekeeping procedures.  Further complicating matters is that by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Order many companies have non-exempt employees working from home.  Despite the Government’s strong direction to conduct work from home, employers have received […]

NEW RENTAL RESTRICTIONS IMMINENT?

Authored by Richard F. DeLucry, Esq. Owners and operators of short-term rental properties-including hotels, motels, guest houses,  private residences and AirBnB’s-may soon have to deal with  potentially long-term involuntary vacancies. Many New Jersey communities-particularly shore towns with large numbers of transient rental units-have expressed concerns that the continuing rental of those units during the COVID-19 […]

NJDOL Flier on COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefits

As you may have heard during Governor Murphy’s 2:00 p.m. press conference on March 17, 2020, the State is requesting that all businesses continue to pay their employees. While it is unclear whether it will apply to schools, the Governor explained that there is Federal and state proposed legislation that will provide small and mid-sized […]