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November 2, 2018

Kaighn Smith
Unique Considerations at Play: Litigating Indian Law Issues in State and Federal Appellate Courts

Appellate decisions in the field of federal Indian law have the potential to affect
important sovereignty interests of all Indian tribes in a host of unsettled areas. Here are
just a few examples...


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Federal Bar Association, 2018 D.C. Indian Law Conference

Indian Law
 

November 1, 2018

Mark T. Broth
Understanding ''Work to Rule''

During September 2018, the labor union that rep­resents fire fighters in the City of Manchester an­nounced their intent to restrict their work activities...

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September 4, 2018

Mark T. Broth
Agency Fees, Fair Share and the Janus Decision

On June 27, 2018, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, the US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, held that requiring non-consenting public employees to pay “agency” or “fair share” fees violates...

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Maine Labor Board Finds That Common Proposals Are Non-Negotiable Educational Policy

The educational policy doctrine is an important – if sometimes ignored – component of Maine labor law. This rule removes from the negotiating table those “foundational educational value judgments,”2 which the elected school committee, rather than an outside arbitrator, should be responsible for. This rule inevitably raises the questions ...

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After-Market Door Devices Can Risk Fire Safety

The school shooting tragedies in Parkland, Florida, and elsewhere have all schools redoubling planning efforts around school safety. In particular, many schools are rethinking classroom safety and door security in the event of a lockdown. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, for example...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Hanging on Every Word: Google Vault and Draft Emails

More and more school units are moving to Google’s G Suite for Education for many of their educational software needs. G Suite for Education provides all of the applications typically ...

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Summer 2018

Laura J. O'Neill
Guidance from DOE on Videos as Education Records

Here’s a common scenario. A fight breaks out in a hallway between Student A and Student B. Student C, a bystander, gets injured. All the while, a video camera silently captures the scuffle...

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

Managing the Public's Use of School Unit Social Media

It is becoming more common for school units, schools, and even individual departments, clubs, or teams, to have dedicated social media accounts and/or pages. Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, can be an extremely effective tool for quickly conveying information to broad or targeted audiences alike. ...

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Ninth Circuit Finds Prayer at School Board Meetings Unconstitutional

In the ongoing effort by courts to determine how the First Amendment interacts with schools and school governance, a federal appellate court has taken up the issue of whether school boards are allowed to have a policy and practice of permitting religious exercise during board meetings, including religious prayer. This article examines that recent case, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, et al., and offers readers some thoughts on guidance we can take from that decision.

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School Law Advisory

School & Education
 

August 9, 2018

Anna B. Cole
Relevancy of the NLRA/NLRB to the NH Workplace

Despite a seemingly perennial discussion of Right-to-Work legislation in the state, as of 2017, only 83,309 New Hampshire employees are represented by labor unions, of which only 5.1% (27,649) are employed in the public sector...

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New Hampshire Business Review

Employment & Labor
 

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