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Congress does not extend FFCRA leave in latest coronavirus relief

Beverly A. Meyer, Brad E. Bennett, Bricker & Eckler |

As it stands, employers are no longer required to provide emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave to their employees after December 31, 2020. There is no statutory requirement to pay out or otherwise maintain unused FFCRA leave balances for employees.

While Congress passed a tax credit extension based on current FFCRA language, the tax credit is not available to political subdivisions, including schools. For public school districts, the FFCRA leave requirements will now expire on December 31, 2020. 

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Ohio Education Association hoping educators get vaccine priority

Mary Smith, WSYX/WTTE |

The President of the Ohio Education Association, Scott DiMauro, said while he understands those high-risk and healthcare workers getting vaccinated first, he wants the state to prioritize teachers as more vaccines come to the state.

“If we believe that education is going to be a priority, then that means that decisions that are being made both by leaders and by people in communities have to bear that in mind. So that means that we put schools at a higher priority than other activities that are less essential,” DiMauro said.

Some Ohio districts limit fans for indoor winter sports season

John London, WLWT |

DeWine says the state’s goal has been to keep students in school and playing sports. Two local superintendents told WLWT Monday that they’re trying their best to strike the right balance.

“I believe that we will continue with winter sports. But I do think that every day as we’re learning more and as we continue to monitor the situation that it could be moments of pause,” said Mason Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper.

“Situations are going to arise. We’ve had to quarantine teams because of a positive. At Princeton, we’ve had to quarantine teams because of a positive on the other team. And we know that’s going to happen,” said Tim Burton, superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

Figuring out fact from fiction

Whitney Phillips, Matter of Fact |

As the nation prepares to vaccinate vulnerable populations, just half of U.S. adults say they plan to take the vaccine. That’s according to a recent AP-NORC poll. A quarter say they don’t plan to get vaccinated at all. Now, the head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments to fight “fake news” about the vaccine.

Whitney Phillips is an assistant professor at Syracuse University and teaches media literacy, disinformation, and political communication.

As COVID Vaccine Rollout Approaches, States Weigh Whether to Place Teachers Near the Head of the Line

Jo Napolitano, The 74 Million |

Those eager to permanently reopen America’s schools are pushing hard for their high placement on the recipient list: Teachers given priority could receive the shots within weeks while those lumped in with the general population might wait months.

Many legislators, health care providers and economists believe that’s far too long. They say getting teachers back in the classroom is the only means to curb dramatic learning loss and jump start a lagging economy, freeing parents to focus on work rather than childcare.

Cleveland teacher’s union president files elections commissions complaint against anti-levy group |

The Cleveland teachers’ union president filed a complaint with elections officials that said a mysterious group with support from at least one local real estate developer listed a false address on mailers to discourage voters against a property tax renewal and increase to benefit the city’s public school system.

The group in question aims to sink Issue 68, which would renew a property tax levy that accounts for 12% of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s budget and add 5 mills to cover expenses. 

Should Middletown students be in school buildings? Officials ask parents

Journal-News |

Middletown School officials held the first of three virtual school parent dialogues to help them better gauge the community’s thoughts on returning to some form of in-person instruction for the district’s 6,300 students.

Navient and AFT members, nationwide class agree to settle loan forgiveness suit

Highland County Press |

American Federation of Teachers brought the suit in October 2018, challenging Navient’s practices with respect to advising federal student loan borrowers about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a federal government relief program that forgives the remaining balance on certain public service workers’ federal student loans after 10 years of making qualifying payments. 

Under the settlement, Navient agrees to enhance its internal practices and policies, including training customer service agents to take additional steps to identify borrowers potentially eligible for relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and provide them with information about the program and how to qualify.

Tenth Appellate District: Workers’ Compensation

Ennis Britton |

The moral of this story is to never underestimate the importance of the BWC hearing. These hearings are brief and informal and it can lull an unwary employer into essentially “winging it” when they think they have a strong case. Any and all documentary evidence should be prepared and submitted, and any and all witnesses should be brought to testify.

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