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Online Student Privacy Updates: COPPA Receives Clarification From The Federal Trade Commission And New Laws From The California Legislature
Children Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA was enacted by Congress in 1998 to prohibit unfair and deceptive acts or practices in connection with the collection, use, or disclosure of personally identifiable information from and about children on the Internet. COPPA is intended to place parents in control of the information that is collected from their children online.
|04/10/2015||California's Highest Court Provides Some Guidance Regarding School District Obligations To Charter Schools Under Proposition 39|
Courts Disagree On How Much Money A Public Entity Can Retain In Disputes Involving Public Works Contracts
A recent court decision has introduced uncertainty as to the amount of money a public entity can retain upon completion of a public works contract. Public Contract Code section 7107 allows a public entity to retain funds otherwise due to a contractor based upon liens or in the event of a dispute between the public entity and the original contractor. If, however, the public entity wrongfully retains funds, section 7107 subjects the public entity to a penalty of two percent per month on the wrongfully withheld amount plus an obligation to pay the contractor's attorney's fe
The California Public Employment Relations Board Broadly Construes Protected Activity Under Educational Employment Relations Act
The Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") in Crowell v. Berkeley Unified School District found the anti-retaliation provisions contained in the Educational Employment Relations Act ("EERA"), Cal. Gov. Code § 3540, et seq., to be broader than those of other public employment statutes because EERA specifically identifies the right to be represented by employee organizations for professional relationships, not simply employment relationships.
California Court of Appeal Holds the Six Month Time Limitation for Government Claims Was Extended When Parents of Molestation Victims Were Encouraged by District to Maintain Confidentiality During Investigation
In J.P. v. Carlsbad Unified School District, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District found that Carlsbad Unified School District ("District") could not assert that government claims were untimely when the District prevented the parents of molestation victims from filing their government claims. (J. P. v. Carlsbad Unified Sch. Dist., (Cal.Ct. App. 2014) No. D062912, 2014 WL 7012111.)