School and Higher Education

Union Dues Deduction In a Post-Act 10 World

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team Municipal employers must exercise caution with regard to deducting union dues from employee paychecks. 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 (Act 10) changed the scope of bargaining and representation for public sector employees and their unions. Provisions in Act 10 made it illegal for municipal employers to...

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The Rules Governing Negotiations in a Post-Act 10 Environment

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team On Friday, March 30, 2012, Governor Walker approved the administrative rules that provide guidance to municipal employers about how to bargain over "total base wages," under 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. This Client Alert is intended to provide a summary and some practical information regarding these...

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All School Employees Are Now Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team All school employees are now required to report child abuse and neglect under a new state law and can face stiff penalties for failing to do so. The new law also requires that school boards train school employees to identify children who have been abused or neglected and about the laws and...

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School Payroll Practices Will Be Affected By Recent Legislation

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 changes the way that state statutes apply to wage payments that are made to many school employees. Under current state law, every employer is required to pay every employee all wages earned on at least a monthly basis. In this regard, state statutes specify that wages must be...

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EPA Recommends Schools Replace PCB-Containing Fluorescent Fixtures

EPA Recommends Schools Replace PCB-Containing Fluorescent Fixtures

By Elizabeth K. Miles The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently set its sights on older fluorescent lighting fixtures as part of its effort to address exposure to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in schools. If a school was built before 1979 or has not had a complete lighting retrofit since 1979, the EPA recommends replacing all...

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Contribution Limits for 403(b) Plans Remain Unchanged for 2011

School districts responsible for administering 403(b) plans may also be responsible for communicating with employees regarding eligibility and plan features for the 2011 plan year, including the limits on contributions to 403(b) accounts. The IRS has announced the retirement plan contribution limits that will apply for 2011, and for 403(b)...

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Federal Court Declares School Administrator Contract Void

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team On June 18, 2010, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that a school administrator’s employment contract was not enforceable under Wis. Stat. § 118.24(1).1 The court held that the enforcement of a 2009-2011 contract that had been signed at the same time as a...

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EEOC Releases New Posting Requirements

Public school districts are among those employers required to conspicuously post certain workplace notices describing workers’ rights under federal anti-discrimination laws. School districts generally comply with this requirement by posting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) standard poster entitled “EEO is the Law,” or a...

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