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  • Vol. III, No. 1 (January 3, 2010)
    Contribution by Greg Perry

    • Significant Changes in the Sex Offender Registry

      As of January 1, 2010, sex offenders will no longer be classified as Level I, 2 or 3 sex offenders.  Rather, sex offenders will be classified on the basis of how long they are required to register—15 years, 25 years, or Life.
  • Vol. II, No. 3 (October 9, 2008)
    Contribution by Greg Perry

    • More Students will be 504-Eligible As of January 1, 2009

      Greg Perry wrote an article (Vol. II, No. 2) that discusses the impact of the recent enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 on schools from the employer perspective. This article discusses the impact of that of the new law on schools from the perspective of students and Section 504. With the recent enactment of the Act, many more students will qualify for a 504 Plan and accommodations.
  • Vol. II, No. 2 (October 6, 2008)
    Contribution by Greg Perry

    • Dramatic Changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act

      Employees with physical or mental health problems present significant practical and legal difficulties to schools. With the recent enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the difficulties have become much more pronounced. Schools have very little time to adapt to the Act. The new ADA is effective January 1, 2009.
  • Vol. II, No. 1 (September 11, 2008)
    Contribution by Jim Gessford

    • Ballot Questions and Permissible School Election Activity

      Whether the matter at hand is a local bond or levy override election, or a statewide ballot proposition, all educators and their employees must know the laws on what is permissible school election activity.  In Nebraska, such laws are generally found in the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act which is administered by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC).
  • Vol. I, No. 4 (May 18, 2008)
    Contribution by Rex R. Schultze

    • The Performance Criteria Developer -- The Owner's "Super Hero" for the Design-Build Construction Delivery Process under the New Political Subdivisions Construction Alternatives Act

      The 2008 Nebraska Unicameral enacted LB 889 which extends the "Nebraska Schools Construction Alternatives Act" making two new capital construction delivery methods, namely design-build and construction management at risk generally available to cities, villages, counties, school districts, community colleges, or state colleges in Nebraska for capital construction projects.  The act has been renamed and is now titled as the "Political Subdivisions Construction Alternatives Act" (the "Act").  The construction industry is elated with this new Act and public officials are about to be flooded with information and proposals from the contractors point of view.  While seemingly complicated, when done properly these new methods do have great potential for bringing a quality project in under budget on an accelerated completion schedule.  It will thus be important that all public officials draw on the schools experiences so as to fully understand these new methods and their potential pitfalls from the owners’ perspective.

      This article will focus on the design-build method and process prescribed in the new Act, and particularly on the special role of the Performance Criteria Developer to be retained by the political subdivision pursuing a project under the Act.
  • Vol. I, No. 3 (January 8, 2008)
    Contribution by Janis Winterhof

    • Orphaned and Transferred Contracts in 403(b) Plans

      In July of 2007, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") published final regulations under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code").  Under the final regulations, school districts may bear responsibility for contracts issued to its employees by vendors with whom the school district has no current relationship.  This may occur because the school district discontinued the vendor as one receiving contributions from the plan ("orphaned contracts") or a participant transferred his or her contract from an approved vendor to another vendor pursuant to a contract exchange ("transferred contracts").
  • Vol. I, No. 2 (January 5, 2008)
    Contribution by Jeff Kirkpatrick

    • Professional Practices Complaints

      One of the less comfortable aspects of being a well-paid professional is knowing that, at any time, a professional complaint can be filed against you, raising the specter of public embarrassment or even loss of your professional certification and your job.  Regardless of whether a complaint has any basis in fact or professional ethics, professionals should treat each complaint seriously.  This edition covers the PPC complaint procedure, the investigation process, and what you can do to protect yourself.
  • Vol. I, No. 1 (November 1, 2007)
    Contributions by Greg Perry and Kelley Baker

    • Compliance with the New Hire Reporting Act

      The law was adopted 10 years ago. It requires that a report on newly hired and rehired employees be given to the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires within 20 calendar days of new hire or rehire. Why do we have a New Hire Reporting Act? What can happen if we do not meet the reporting obligation?
    • Changes in the State Withholding Tables

      Effective January 1, 2008 - Schools will need to pay attention to this new law given a $1,000 penalty per violation provision
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