Events
July 27, 2010 - 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT
Please join us for a complimentary one-hour Webinar focused on Hot Topics in Education. The first event in our 4-part series targets a very timely topic: Cyber Bullying and Sexting.

July 27, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT. To register, please click here.

With the growing popularity of social networking Web sites, and with the increased use of cell phones, there has been an equally alarming increase in the activity of cyber bullying and sexting. Individual states and the federal government have passed recent legislation to help counteract this new era of cyber bullying.

This installment of our special Labor and Employment series will update Kansas school districts on the current status of the law, and the steps districts can and should consider taking to help combat cyber bullying and sexting in their schools.

To view a copy of the invitation, please click here.

About the Speaker:

Robert J. Hingula
Polsinelli Shughart PC

Mr. Hingula primarily focuses his practice on trial and counseling work involving labor and employment law. Most recently, Mr Hingula has devoted a significant amount of his practice to representing employers in various industries in collective actions brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mr. Hingula also routinely counsels and represents school districts through various employment and education law issues, including due process hearings, student discipline procedures, implementation of district-wide policies, and grievances. Mr. Hingula has defended districts in arbitrations brought by teachers challenging the districts' decision to terminate their employment. Mr. Hingula also routinely provides training to district employees regarding various employment practices, and has assisted districts in properly investigating employee and student complaints regarding various issues including discipline, harassment/bullying, discrimination, and statutory compliance. 

Future Topics in This Series:

Recordkeeping for Disciplinary Actions
October 26, 2010

Employee discipline is a fundamental portion of a school district's human resources department’s responsibilities. However, how do you know you are disciplining your employees correctly? Do your employees' evaluations accurately reflect their true performance? Will the documentation you have on an employee support a decision to terminate employment if needed? This installment of our employment series will focus on how to effectively document employee discipline and performance in an effort to insulate a school district from litigation in the event a decision to terminate must be made.

Blogging and Social Media a Part of Academic Assignments
January 25, 2011

In an effort to utilize media in the classroom, many teachers are establishing Facebook pages and blogs to assign homework and interact with their students. However, liabilities for school districts may arise from such teacher-sponsored sites in the event the sites are misused or reveal personal information about students. This installment of our employment series will focus on the use of social networking and other cyber media in the classroom, and the potential liability it may place on school districts.

Hiring Practices
April 26, 2011

How do you choose the best candidates for your open positions? What questions are “off-limits?” This installment of our employment series will focus on the use of proper hiring techniques that will help school districts find the most qualified candidates for employment, while insulating them from potential litigation.