High on Life

Despite the repeal of state-level legislation, federal law neither recognizes nor protects the use or possession of cannabis, be it for medical or recreational purposes. With respect to the United States military, federal law preempts state law, and thus the drug is strictly prohibited. Nevertheless, it appears the Army has begun to loosen its restrictions pertaining to previous drug usage, even extending waivers to prospective enlistees, in order to boost enrollment.

Fishing for Answers

The actions of the Fishers’ School Board in Indiana should be keeping it up at night. What transpired is a clear example of “safety through sex segregation.” Practices such as this may have been the norm during the early part of last century, but today almost no one advocates segregation by sex to solve problems of sexual harassment.

Title IX: Not Just for Higher Education

Title IX, a law that forbids discrimination on the basis of sex in education, applies to high schools no less than it applies to colleges and universities.  But whereas colleges and universities are frequently in the news, the consequences for public or private high schools are usually overlooked.  One only has to compare the recent scandal rocking Norwich Free Academy (NFA) to the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State.

Disability Under the New OCR Rules

On the Friday before Thanksgiving week, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education issued proposed rules governing Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education.  The law applies to both K-12 and institutions of higher education that receive federal funding.  This is, practically speaking, almost every school in the United States.

Getting Into Court

Ostensibly, the workers’ compensation system is designed to protect both employers and employees. From the perspective of employees, it allows them to receive remuneration for workplace injuries without the time and expense of a full-fledged trial, even if their own negligence, or the negligence of their employer, contributed to the injury. From the perspective of employers, it allows them to not be bogged down with multiple lawsuits, which would certainly occur absent the current workers’ compensation system.

Hungry Hungry HIPAA

It’s sometimes hard to believe that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been the law of the land for more than 20 years.  The entire act is voluminous and contains many provisions not relevant to the worker’s compensation industry.  However, there are issues within the privacy law section of HIPAA that medical providers and insurers should be aware of in order to be fully compliant. 

Partnering in IEP Understanding

Developed in partnership with teachers, administrators, and parents, an IEP is least effective when it is filed away without the student having any basic knowledge of the document’s existence. IEP awareness should actually start as early as Grade 1 and grow in detail until the child reaches the age of 18. 

Where There's A Will, There's A Way

“I’m scared to make a will,” a client once told me. She was married with two children and a third one on the way. “Why?” I asked, although I had a pretty good idea what the answer would be. “Because if I make a will, it means I’m going to die,” she said, “and I just can’t even think about that.”