Announcements

SP&F Clients Benefit from Tax Exempt Financing

On Wednesday, August 2, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank issued $29.9 million tax exempt “new money” bonds. The bond proceeds were used to purchase municipal bonds issued by Vermont communities, including a $625,000 bond for the Town of Charlotte to finance the acquisition of capital equipment, and … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Clarifies Exemption for Non-Profit Property

In 2008, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Vermont nonprofit, purchased the real estate and other assets of Union Institute and University located in Montpelier. The College planned to use only a portion of the campus for its own operations, and to lease its unused space. In 2012, the College … [Read more...]

U.S. Department of Education provides clarification on the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions

On December 28, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of … [Read more...]

U.S. DOJ Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016 the United States Department of Justice and United States Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights issues a Dear Colleague Letter ('DCL') to school officials nationwide on the topic of transgender students and compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The … [Read more...]

Child Abuse Reporting Under Act 60.

The Department for Children and Families now has a mandatory reporters webpage, describing reporting requirements and procedures as of July 1, 2015, when the new abuse reporting law (Act 60) became effective. The webpage answers frequently asked questions about how and when to report and reporting … [Read more...]

Service Animals and the ADA

On July 13, 2015 the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a nine page technical assistance FAQ - Service Animals and the ADA to help assist covered entities like schools and municipalities in understanding how the service animal provisions of the regulations apply to them. The FAQ is a follow up to … [Read more...]

John Klesch presents “Employee Leave” at VLCT

Stitzel Page & Fletcher attorney John Klesch presented "Employee Leave" at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' June 3, 2015 "Municipal Human Resources & Employment Law Workshop."  The Montpelier event drew over 100 attendees from municipalities around Vermont.  Employee leave topics … [Read more...]

SP&F Assists Vermont State Colleges in CCV-Winooski Campus Acquisition

On March 26, 2015, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher attorneys Robert E. Fletcher and David W. Rugh, working on behalf of Vermont State Colleges, assisted in closing the Colleges’ roughly $2.5 million purchase of its Community College of Vermont – Winooski Campus property. The property at 1 Abenaki Way was … [Read more...]

Special Education and Section 504 Issues: A Review and Update for Vermont School Administrators

Patti Page and Dina Atwood will be presenting the last in the 2014-2015 school year Vermont Principals' Association Ed Law Series on March 24, 2015. The focus of this workshop is to provide administrators with an overview of the laws, and identify common errors and pitfalls in Special Education. … [Read more...]

FMLA Amended Definition of Spouse to Include Same Sex Spouses

On February 25, 2015 the DOL issued a final rule amending the definition of spouse under the rules implementing FMLA to be consistent with the US Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor which struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)as unconstitutional. The amended … [Read more...]