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VAIS Business Officers Institute

April 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Airlie Resort and Conference Center - Warrenton, VA

On April 12, 2018, Sara Schwartz and Will Hannum will present two general sessions as part of the Business Officers Institute, presented by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Complete program information and a link to registration can be found on the VAIS website.

Paying Employees Properly: Wage and Hour Hot Topics

In this lively and interactive workshop, Will Hannum will discuss the current state of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for independent schools, addressing not only unique aspects of how it applies to independent schools, but also with a focus on FLSA compliance, including the following current “hot topics”:

  • Which workers meet the FLSA’s definition of “employee,” and who are volunteers, trainees, and/or independent contractors?
  • Which covered workers are exempt, and which are non-exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements (including special exemptions such as dorm parents and summer camp employees)?
  • How is overtime calculated?
  • When can the school make lawful deductions from an employee’s wages?
  • When are employees eligible for pay for commuting, waiting, and travel time?
  • How can schools pay teachers who also coach?
  • How should time records be kept?

The program will feature case studies (real-world scenarios) to help demonstrate how the FLSA applies at your school, and questions and answers throughout the program.

Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to Sexual And Other Harassment On Campus

Sara Schwartz will discuss preventing, recognizing and responding to sexual and other harassment in independent schools. Recent events have brought intensified focus to these topics with the #MeToo movement and the seemingly daily revelations of misconduct in the news. Students, parents, faculty and staff will all be monitoring how your school addresses sexual and other harassment. In this lively and interactive program, including real world case studies drawn from Sara’s legal practice and beyond, we will explore numerous issues related to sexual and other harassment, including: What is the legal definition of harassment, and how does it differ from other inappropriate conduct? What specific steps should schools take to prevent, identify and respond to accusations of sexual harassment? Are your school’s policies, practices, and professional development consistent with best practices?

Who Should Attend?
Head of School, Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Business Manager, Director of Human Resources, Director of Admissions, Dean of Faculty, Head of Upper School, Head of Lower School, Dean of Students, Dean of Admissions and Other Independent School Administrators.