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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF TITLE IX REGULATIONS ISSUED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

By: Debbie Osgood and Linh T. Nguyen In a press release and letter issued earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has outlined its approach to implementing President Biden’s March 8, 2021 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the […]

  Apr 7, 2021  |  By    |   On Compliance - Title IX

Client Alert: U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) issued much-anticipated guidance to higher education institutions on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). For an overview of HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III funds, please visit our previous blog posts. The new guidance, issued in three documents, addresses accounting […]

  Mar 22, 2021  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

The American Rescue Plan Act and Its Impact to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”). The ARP is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill intended to speed up the nation’s efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. For the higher education community, the ARP provides almost $40 billion for colleges […]

  Mar 22, 2021  |  By    |   On COVID-19 and Cares Act (EDUCATION)

Potential Changes to Title IX Under the New Administration: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. The Executive Order suggests that there will be a reversal of many of the Trump Administration’s approaches to LGBTQ equality that will broaden the protections of […]

  Feb 4, 2021  |  By    |   On Compliance - Title IX

Summary of Provisions Related to Higher Education under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

Over the holiday weekend, President Trump signed the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (“Act”), the full text of which is available here. The Act funds the federal government until September 2021 and provides $900 billion for COVID-19 relief. The relief package includes funding for institutions of higher education, which are intended […]

  Dec 29, 2020  |  By    |   On COVID-19 and Cares Act (EDUCATION)

Refresher on The Congressional Review Act and Regulatory Actions Occurring Within Congress’ “Look-Back” Period

With less than a month away from Election Day, the possibility of a new Presidential Administration and a change in the Congressional majority presents an opportunity to refresh our understanding of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) and its procedural rules for expedited review of agency rulemaking. Enacted in 1996, the […]

  Oct 27, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

Patrick Deady participates in College of Labor and employment lawyers 7th circuit fall program for law students

Patrick Deady, a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, recently participated in the College’s 7th Circuit Fellows’ fall program for law students held virtually for the first time in its ten year history.  Mr. Deady was one of the panelists who discussed issues and concerns in remote […]

  Oct 19, 2020  |  By    |   On Firm News

CLIENT ALERT: EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COMBATING RACE AND SEX STEREOTYPING LIMITS CERTAIN TYPES OF DIVERSITY TRAINING

By: Debbie Osgood and Linh T. Nguyen On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (“EO”) to combat, in the Trump Administration’s view, “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating” in certain diversity trainings hosted by executive departments and agencies, […]

  Sep 25, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

The U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry

On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) issued the Final Rule on Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule implements new requirements on public and private institutions of higher education as material conditions of receiving certain federal grants. These material conditions relate to free […]

  Sep 24, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

HMBR Shareholder Named Co-Chair of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Trial Institute

Patrick Deady, head of the firm’s Litigation Practice, was recently named the union/employee co-chair of the Trial Institute of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law. The Trial Institute sponsors a biannual comprehensive four-day trial skills training course specifically designed for mid-level labor and employment lawyers.  The 3rd Trial […]

  Sep 16, 2020  |  By    |   On Firm News