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The U.S. Department of Education (the “DOE”) recently concluded that the Newark, New Jersey public school district violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) by failing to implement proper policies and respond to reports of student-to-student and employee-to-student sexual harassment.

On August 28, 2023, the DOE and the school district entered into a Resolution Agreement in which the district committed to take certain steps to resolve the compliance issues identified by the DOE. In a Letter accompanying the Resolution, the DOE described nine violations of Title IX and its implementing regulations. While the Letter is not a formal statement of DOE policy, it provides some insights into the DOE’s analysis and review methodology that may help schools and other entities subject to Title IX better comply with the law and prepare for a potential DOE investigation.Continue Reading DOE Resolution Requires Newark School District to Implement Robust Measures to Comply with Title IX

Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 was a record-breaking year for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of the Whistleblower. Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, the SEC issued awards to more whistleblowers, and distributed more money in whistleblower funds, than in all prior years of the program combined. Now, just a few months into FY 2022 and two weeks into calendar year 2022, all signs point to a continued robust whistleblower program.
Continue Reading SEC Awards Over $17 Million to Whistleblowers in the First Two Weeks of 2022