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New Law Limits Non-disclosure Agreements in Sexual Harassment Cases

Last week, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Speak Out Act, which prohibits the use of nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements in cases of sexual harassment or sexual assault. 

How Does Facilities Quality Impact Enrollment?

The survey of 2,000 undergraduates also found that Black students are the most likely racial group to say that facilities factored “a great deal” into their decision to enroll at their college.

DOL Proposed Rule: Self-Correcting Delinquent 401(k) Contributions

The DOL has proposed updates to its Voluntary Fiduciary Correction (VFC) Program, including adding a new self-correction component for employers that fail to send 401(k) salary withholding contributions or participant loan repayments on time. 

New Rates for PCORI Fees Payable

The IRS is raising the fee that insurance issuers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund.

Vendor Management: Legal Tips

(from Venable) When contracting with vendors that support independent schools, be it in programs or operations, consider the following provisions of any vendor agreement.

Demographics Forecast Enrollment Cliff

Rather than focusing on building up campuses, college presidents will be focused on "deconstructing" campuses and rightsizing facilities to meet new needs, some say. 

Pay Transparency Has Quantifiable Benefits

Employers that list their pay ranges in job postings save an average of 67 cents per online engagement, a recent report found.

Strategies for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the use of design and the built environment to reduce opportunities for disputes and violence and promote positive behavior.

Schools Weigh Their Future on Twitter

In the weeks since Elon Musk's takeover of the Twitter, schools are expressing concerns over content moderation and a rise in hate speech on the platform.

Gen Z Employees Feel Disconnected, Survey Shows

Compared with older generations, young people entering the workforce today are more likely to experience stress and work-related burnout, according to Gallup's 2022 Workforce Panel study.

International Student Enrollment Rebounds Post-Pandemic

International student enrollments in the US returned to pre-pandemic levels, rising by nearly 4% in the 2021-22 school year, according to a new report from the Institute of International Education.

Popularity of Online Schools Persists

On average across 10 states, virtual school enrollment rose to 170% of its pre-pandemic level in 2020-21, then nudged up further to 176% in 2021-22, according to data obtained by The 74.

Creative Approaches to Cybersecurity Trainings

In an effort to bolster institutional defenses against cyber threats, several colleges are experimenting with unconventional cybersecurity awareness training in the form of festivals, art installations and role-playing games.

Accounting Professionals Go Remote

A 2022 State of Accounting Firms Survey by Caseware found that only 8% of accounting firms said their entire staff was working in the office.

Does Your School's Social Media Violate Student Privacy?

Researchers estimated that around 4.9 million school Facebook posts included identifiable images of students and that approximately 726,000 of those posts also included students’ first and last names.

Survey Shows Low Investment in DEI Resources Among Employers

A recent national survey conducted by SHRM and the Boston College School of Social Work found that the majority (63%) of organizations allocate “little to no resources” to DEI.

2023-4 Enrollment Contract Considerations

Some points to consider when refining your school's enrollment contract for the next school year: COVID-19, mental health, gender neutral pronouns, student digital privacy, indemnification clauses.

Long COVID and Disability in the Workplace

New research published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York suggests that long COVID could be the cause of the increase in the number of disabled people in the U.S. in the workforce.

New Benefit Contribution Limits for 2023

New benefits contribution limits for 2023 have been released by the IRS. Of note are limits for medical FSAs and 401(k) employee contributions.

College Enrollment Declines for Third Straight Year

Factors contributing to enrollment’s long-term slide include concerns about student debt and the rise of alternative credentials.



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