NAIS Washington Watch will tell you what you need to know in quick, concise bites with links to in-depth advisories, so you can concentrate on your most important job—the students.
Independent schools have had many immigration-related questions and concerns raised by recent executive orders and enforcement actions by the Trump Administration and the immigration-related agencies.
What proposed regulations increasing the number of people eligible for overtime pay could mean for schools.
This NAIS legal advisory addresses the degree to which schools are obligated to give military recruiters directory information and access to students.
Read this helpful publication to learn more about the many changes The Americans with Disabilities Act has undergone.
The immigration Reform Control Act of 1986 requires all employers within 3 days of employment to verify the employment eligibility of all job applicants.
Read this NAIS legal advisory for highlights of the changes ESSA makes to some of the federal education programs independent schools have most frequently participated in over the past several years.
The admissions process is full of questions. This article will help get your school thinking about its forms and interview process.
This monograph discusses states imposed registration and disclosure requirements on schools and other charities that engage in fundraising activities or hire professional solicitors.
Read this NAIS legal advisory for background and recent updates concerning the law in sending automated calls and text messages, as well as best practices for schools to ensure both compliance and effective communication.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released the Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-14 on August 18, 2016, which will change the financial reporting model for all nonprofit organizations, including independent schools.
This brief addresses several points, including whether an independent boarding school had a duty to warn students of a potential for tick bites with severe consequences in China.
Align your company with this important event to reach independent school educators.
How do schools balance their legal obligations as nonprofits with their educational obligation to teach students to be involved citizens? Read this publication for dos-and-don’ts information and guidance.
Many schools are grappling with how to manage trips planned for countries where students and chaperones may be exposed.
NAIS believes that families should be able to choose from a broad selection of appropriate educational opportunities that best matches their child's needs, regardless of family income.
What are ERISA and non-ERISA 403(b) plans, and is your school in compliance?
Being as transparent as possible and communicating thoughtfully and well builds trust in a school’s handling of reports.
When is an employee not an employee?
Discipline is part of independent school life. But what are the rules of the road?
"Auctions and Raffles: Dos, Don'ts, Hows, and Whys" is a comprehensive guide to federal rules and regulations regarding auctions and raffles.
Is your school considering adding a homestay program? Understand your potential legal exposure and consider what approach is best for your school.
It is every school's worst nightmare... What do you do if there is a possibility that one of your staff members has been abusing a student? This helpful document will give schools an in-depth look at wrestling with these issues.
Does your school have a plan for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse? What are your responsibilities under the law?
Does your school need guidance in how to approach its risk management? Does all of your risk management seem to fall to one person? Use this helpful guide to learn how to better use your head and board in your risk management process.
This monograph addresses many of the concerns schools face when considering field trips and general travel with students. Specific attention is given to school policies, releases, and travel abroad.
Schools have many questions about the data they collect and what sorts of policies they should have with regards to that data.
These member-only webinars are free, but registration is required.
The NAIS Independent School Hiring Guide includes detailed guidance as well as sample forms and checklists for schools to use to strengthen their hiring process.
This guide explains your Affordable Care Act obligations as an employer, including requirements particular to educational institutions.
The NAIS advisory "Screening for Ebola" reviews current information that independent schools should refer to as they consider adopting Ebola-related policies and practices.
The Truth in Lending Act may impact your payment plans and your ability to collect tuition. Are you making the required disclosures? Read this helpful article to find out.
As the E-Rate program undergoes a transformation to E-Rate 2.0, many schools are revisiting whether this program triggers federal compliance obligations. Schools looking closely at this issue may wish to review this guidance.
This legal advisory, "Sexual Misconduct at Independent Schools: Minimizing Risk and Creating the Safest Environment Possible ... " provides guidance on assessing the safety of your school environment.
Join Debra Wilson, NAIS legal counsel, and three other experts in this one hour webinar.
Public Policy Position on Charitable Giving.
Schools facing "summer melt" challenges should consider a number of points related to employment and enrollment contracts.
Every independent school has a release form of some kind. What other steps should you be taking to help manage the risk related to school trips? This publication will help you put the pieces together.
This advisory will help you cut through some of the confusion about discrimination laws and claims so that you can determine which laws apply to you and when.
Schools are encountering more transgender or gender nonconforming students. How would your school work with and support these students? Do you have the right policies in place?
Parents are rarely happy about paying tuition after a student has left the school without finishing the year. Occasionally they try and find a silver lining through a tax deduction. What do you say? This publication will help!
Does your school loan money to families or staff? Does it provide financial or other guidance through its benefits or donor programs? You may be required to comply with the Gramm Leach Bliley Act privacy and safeguard regulations.
In January, the IRS held a webinar specifically addressing good governance issues for nonprofits. This overview covers the areas of focus in the webinar, a likely sign of potential audit flags or focused attention in the future.
Schools can encourage faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance their education background by providing tax-free financial support through an educational assistance program (EAP). This advisory explains EAPS, their requirements, and their exceptions.
Fringe benefits are an essential component of compensation packages. This advisory, which summarizes the federal tax treatment of the most popular fringe benefits, can help equip schools to provide those benefits on a tax-free basis.
To help your school provide benefits to heads at a reasonable level, and, in the process not generate an income tax liability, this legal advisory covers the basics of benefits and tax concerns they may raise.
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