Posted by John R. Price on 9/6/2023

Senior Deputy Director of Legal Services Jennifer A. Hardin and Staff Attorney John Price discuss a retiring school employee who would like to be rehired into the same position they are leaving. What technical aspects must school boards consider before deciding if such a rehire is advantageous to their…

Posted by John R. Price on 4/28/2023

June 1 is an important date for school districts in the Ohio Revised Code in the area of human resources and employee contracts. Specifically, June 1 is the deadline to take action if the board wishes to nonrenew the contracts of administrators other than the superintendent and treasurer. Given this rapidly approaching deadline, now is the time for boards of education in cooperation with the superintendent and other school leaders to begin planning for any possible nonrenewal actions.

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Posted by John R. Price on 1/13/2023

January is a time when many boards of education take stock of the management of their school districts. It is organizational meeting season, and often there are new members joining the board’s ranks. We at OSBA also receive many calls this time of year about what steps boards must take if they want to renew or non-renew a superintendent’s contract and when these steps must be taken.

Timing is an important legal component of…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/6/2022

Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and US Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) issued new resources for school districts.

Hiring substitute teachers

In recognition of the challenges districts are facing to recruit, support and retain substitute teachers, ODE has prepared new resources on its…

Posted by John R. Price on 8/12/2022

OSBA’s division of legal services invites you to join us and register for an exciting learning opportunity on September 16, 2022, at 9 a.m. as we host the Human Resources Law in Schools Workshop. This enlightening virtual workshop will feature experienced school lawyers discussing some of the most timely and important issues in human resources and…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 4/30/2021

Back on Dec. 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued 

Posted by Van D. Keating on 3/5/2021

While most of the conversations in schools about gender transition has been focused on students, schools need to be aware that transgender employees may be involved in gender transition as well.  Federal laws against sex and disability discrimination make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, harass, or otherwise discriminate against transgender employees …

Posted by Van D. Keating on 9/11/2020

On Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  released additional questions and answers

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 5/14/2020

At a recent telephone meeting with Ohio school district treasurers, Auditor of State (AOS) Keith Faber took questions about school district finances and audits as affected by the COVID-19 school building closures. AOS Faber answered a wide range of questions and provided valuable insight for school board members and district treasurers.

Posted by Van D. Keating on 9/27/2019

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its final rule regarding changes to the salary thresholds for employee exemptions from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). DOL estimates that these changes will make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.