OSBA’s legal division recently received a question from a member who asked whether a board could adopt a policy requiring proof of vaccinations for service animals accompanying students in the district’s buildings. The board’s purpose in asking for such proof was to confirm that the animal was not a health risk to students in the building.
On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its much-anticipated proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These proposed regulations are the response to President Obama’s March 2014 directive to the Secretary of Labor to “update and modernize” the overtime exemption rules under the FLSA. If adopted, the changes will have a significant impact on employers’ abilities to treat certain employees as exempt from receiving overtime compensation.
It’s that time of year again to attend the Ohio School Boards Association’s annual Attendance, Tuition and Custody Law Workshop. The workshop will take place on August 7, 2015, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. The workshop will include the following sessions:
Employees and volunteers that direct, supervise, or coach a student activity program that involves athletics, routine or regular physical activity, or activities with health and safety considerations must obtain a pupil activity permit. The Ohio Department of Education issued a recent reminder to begin the process for the application of pupil activity permits for coaches.
House Bill 153, which was passed on May 27, 2015, amended certain election dates. Under current law, presidential primaries are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March, unless otherwise noted by a municipal charter or county charter. HB 153 shifts the primary to the second Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. For 2016, this means that the presidential primary that was scheduled for March 8 will now take place on March 15.