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Reporting Child Abuse is Critical and Complex Wednesday, 13 November 2013 18:30
Reporting child abuse is complex and important. Failure to report abuse can leave children at risk. Still, be wise before picking up the phone. An error in one direction may leave a child abused or make you criminally liable. An error in the other direction may damage a family, ruin a career, or expose you to a defamation lawsuit.
What Public Administrators Can Learn from the Catholic Scandal Thursday, 24 October 2013 19:44
Mr. Barth believes that public administrators can learn a great from the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, given that the guiding principles for large bureaucracies are similar to the large religious organization. He wrote a good article called “Crisis Management in the Catholic Church: Lessons for Public Administrators." While Mr. Barth does not refer to the studies that show the rate of child sexual abuse is disturbingly high in public institutions, his work is surely relevant to that problem.
See more on this subject at the Religious Law Network.
An Unusual Perspective in the Clash of Rights Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:06
Thomas Berg has written an interesting article suggesting that progressives should improve their commitment to religious liberty for traditionalists. It's titled "Progressive Arguments for Religious Organizational Freedom: Reflections on the HHS Mandate". Progressives understand, for instance, that the recent HHS contraceptive mandate impinges on religious liberty. But, as they will tell you, they just don’t care when the issue is one that is important to them, such as access to reproductive choice or gay rights.
See more analysis at the Religious Law Network.
Schools Must Put Effort into Parent Participation in the IEP Meeting Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:04
Survey of Nonprofit Risk Management Wednesday, 10 July 2013 23:57
Nonprofit risk management is an interesting area that wavers between a solid business approach and a dash of hope and faith. In June 2013, Crystal & Company, which is a large risk and insurance advisor, put out a “Survey of Nonprofit Risk Management”. The survey studied large nonprofits, with the smallest ones surveyed having revenues of $25 million to $50 million. For many nonprofits, that seems like a different world. Still, it highlighted some principles useful to all nonprofits.
Read more analysis at the Religious Law Network.
Don't Ask Me to Be Your Facebook Friend: New Social Media Law in Colorado Saturday, 01 June 2013 19:41
With the amount of information that exists about people on the web, naturally employers are tempted to check up on it, for purposes of hiring, evaluations, and firing. Some employers take this to the level of requesting, even requiring, current or prospective employees to give their passwords or allow access onto their profiles. At least in Colorado, this practice must come to a screeching halt.
Local Government and Legislative Prayer—Can They Pray or Not? Thursday, 23 May 2013 22:10
Two recent decisions on invocational prayer before local government Board meetings, filed in March of 2013, came out in opposite directions, but give some insight into the legal principles involved in determining whether Boards can properly sponsor a formal prayer before meetings. In Hudson v. Pittsylvania County, the federal district court for the Western District of Virginia issued an injunction against the prayers being offered. In Atheists of Florida v. City of Lakeland, the Eleventh Circuit found no constitutional violation. Different courts on different days, or consistent underlying principles?
Read more on the Religious Law Network.
Has the School Properly Tested Your Child? Monday, 13 May 2013 16:15
Getting a good evaluation for a child with disabilities can be a challenge. Mark C. Weber’s article, “All Areas of Suspected Disability,” published in 2013, provides valuable insight into the current state of the law on evaluating children with disabilities. If you have a child where an inadequate evaluation is an issue, this is worth reading. Courts have stepped into the area of tension between the requirements of IDEA and the low-level “reasonable benefit” standard we got from the Supreme Court, and usually held in favor of parents when children have not been evaluated properly.
Colorado Choice Scholarship Program Upheld for Now Monday, 29 April 2013 20:28
When Douglas County, Colorado, instituted the Choice Scholarship Program, a private scholarship system that allows parents to select a private school (from an approved list) and receive a tuition scholarship to attend, several groups and individual Plaintiffs (such as the ACLU) sued, saying the program violated certain statutory and constitutional provisions of Colorado law. While opponents to the program won in the district court, the Colorado Court of Appeals recently reversed, ordering a judgment for Douglas County.
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You Gave the Church Away? Monday, 22 April 2013 14:20
You hate to see a case with a caption like God’s Hope Builders, Inc. v. Mount Zion Baptist Church, since it seems unlikely the lawsuit is what God would have hoped for. The Georgia Court of Appeals, on March 28, 2013, remanded this case with orders to the trial court to figure out, if it legitimately could, who the church members actually were.
See more on the Religious Law Network.