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Hidden Requirements for Calculating Graduate Employment

By Bryan M. Westhoff, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC
How do state and federal prosecutors use consent orders to enforce new rules for the way that propriety schools calculate their graduate employment rates? In the absence of any uniform rules for calculating graduate employment rates, many state and federal prosecutors have adopted their own views about which students schools can count as “employed.”

Knowing Your Responsibility as a Plan Sponsor

Knowing Your Responsibility as a Plan Sponsor

By Robert J. Behr, CPA, Senior Manager, McClintock & Associates, PC
There are many responsibilities that a plan sponsor has in order to keep the school’s retirement plan in compliance with the Department of Labor’s rules and regulations. Not only does a plan sponsor need to be familiar with the plan document and manage third-party service providers, the plan sponsor must also communicate with payroll and human resources departments and perform internal recordkeeping and review.

Hidden Requirements for Calculating Graduate Employment

How Accommodating is Your College?

By Darren K. Sharp, Partner, Co-leader of the Higher Education Industry Team, Armstrong Teasdale
College students with disabilities are afforded legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (§504), including the right to seek reasonable accommodations from their schools to participate and succeed in their academic careers. This article addresses the more common legal accommodations provided under applicable federal statutes.

Hidden Requirements for Calculating Graduate Employment

Court Rules Students Training in Clinics are Not Employees Under the FLSA

By Bill Ojile, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP
In a decision relevant for any school that provides services to the public as a means to provide training for its students, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado recently ruled that such students are not employees for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Hidden Requirements for Calculating Graduate Employment

Web Accessibility in Education Must Be a Higher Priority

By Jennifer Flood JD, President and CEO, National Compliance Group
As schools expand into the online space by way of courses, content for classes, and even enrollment, those web properties and related material must be accessible to those with disabilities. This article will discuss the legal background, penalties for non-compliance and what we can do moving forward.

Hidden Requirements for Calculating Graduate Employment