Posted by Van D. Keating on 2/21/2020

For those school districts who will be involved in negotiations in 2020, now is the time to start your preparations and draft proposals. Of course, knowing exactly what to propose is usually an amalgam of available resources coupled with trends and expectations. One of the best locations to gather information on a variety of negotiating trends in Ohio is from the State Employment Relations Board’s (SERB)…

We, at OSBA, would like for all members to be able to attend all of our workshops but we know that is unattainable.  We understand everyone’s busy schedules and other obligations. Keeping our members informed is a top priority, and that is why OSBA has

Posted by Van D. Keating on 1/27/2020

Along with a new year comes new obligations and requirements that schools must meet with respect to Workers Compensation. One of the easiest ways to stay up-to-date is by attending one of the upcoming SchoolComp workshops to hear the latest on workers compensation, rates, filing deadlines, retrospective and group requirements, unemployment, MCO and BWC updates, and safety training. While designed with our programs’ plan…

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education made two announcements that will affect the legal landscape once implemented.

 

In the first press release, the department announced that the Office for Civil…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 1/10/2020

Welcome to 2020! As you update your calendars for a new year, please remember that OSBA offers many tools and resources to help you keep track of important legal deadlines, upcoming workshops and seminars, and other important dates. These include:

OSBA hosts workshops for new board members in January and workshops for veteran board members in February.  New board of education members are invited to register for one of our four Board Member 101: Survival Kit for Your First 90 Days in Office. The first Board Member 101 will be held January 11,…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 12/11/2019

A Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local School District bus driver Donna Fizer recently won a settlement requiring Ohio Association of Public School Employees/AFSCME Local 4 (OAPSE) to refund dues they collected from her paycheck in violation of her First Amendment rights.…

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/29/2019

Last week, the US District Court granted preliminary approval to a settlement agreement in Doe v. State of Ohio, S.D.Ohio No. 2:91-cv-00464, a class action lawsuit filed in 1993. The lawsuit, filed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, involved delivery of…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/23/2019

As the season of holiday parties, concerts and performances approaches, schools need to be sure to plan events that comply with the Constitution. Of particular note is the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which provides that government shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

Posted by Van D. Keating on 11/4/2019

As an important reminder, recently modified Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 3301.68