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Child Abuse AllegationsIn a perfect world, no one would file reports of child abuse unless they were really true. But it happens all the time—in fact, most of the reports that go to the Department of Human Services are false. What should you do if a DHS caseworker shows up at your door?

Wouldn't it be great to have a tax-free savings plan for a person with disabilities? This  may be coming soon to a state near you (not quite yet to Colorado). Congress has passed a law allowing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, which are tax-free accounts for individuals with disabilities, to which other people can make contributions. A friend of mine, Constance Smith, has written about this here.

Inclusion in school of children with severe special needs can be a challenge. Private schools are not legally required to offer special education services, but some do. The first of these videos, called "Including Isaac," is about a Christian academy and its journey with Isaac, who has spinal muscular atrophy. The second video, "Patrick's Inclusion Journey," is about including a child with Down Syndrome at a Catholic school. Patrick's story is included on the website for the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion.

Free ExerciseTheresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in front of the House Education Committee on a bill that would have protected student religious liberty rights on campus. 

Special Education DisputeOften, parents come talk to us about their special education matter and end up deciding that it costs too much to hire an attorney. Often, we talk to parents in situations where a child's education has been wrecked for years, often beyond repair. We wish we could have helped them sooner. This raises questions. When do you need an attorney or parent advocate? When would an attorney add value to your child's life that outweighs the cost?

Diverging ValuesWhat if your religious beliefs as an employee are in conflict with the organization’s basic values? Does it have to accommodate you anyway? Maybe, according to a recent Pennsylvania case.

Christian CollegeCan you have a union at a religious college? Only if the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can exercise its jurisdiction over faculty members. NLRB has tried to do this several times. Shortly before Christmas in 2014, the NLRB developed a new test that lets it take jurisdiction over the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

Christian MediationChristian mediation has a foot in two worlds: the peacemaking role of the Church, and the typical legal process for resolving legal disputes short of trial. It can be both spiritually healing and a cost-saving way of approaching problems.

Requiring an employee to undergo psychological counseling may violate Americans with Disabilities Act. The Sixth Circuit just issued another opinion. It was not too happy with Kroll’s employer. How can you demonstrate that counseling is “job-related and consistent with business necessity”?

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