Maine School Business Officials 6th Annual Law Conference
Our school finance and labor attorneys will discuss the topics below.
Questions and comments from attendees will be encouraged.
- ACA Enforcement Activity
Although the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts repealed significant aspects of the Affordable Care Act that previously applied to individuals, the so-called "Play or Pay Rules," and related IRS Form 1095-C reporting requirements, continue to apply in full-force to school districts. Additionally, in recent months we have seen several IRS ACA penalty assessments on school districts, in some cases in excess of $1,000,000. This presentation will focus on how to avoid inadvertently triggering an ACA penalty assessment and what to do if your school district is assessed such a penalty. There will be plenty of time for questions and general discussion related to any compliance challenges your school district is currently facing.
Managing and Funding School Construction and Renovation Projects
Drummond Woodsum’s public finance lawyers will provide an overview of legal requirements associated with school construction and renovation projects, including:
• Voter and school board project approvals
• Funding sources for projects
• Challenges in planning for consistent year-to-year debt service
• Legal requirements for competitive bidding
• The surety bond law
- How to be an Effective Business Manager
Each year, more duties and responsibilities are placed on the shoulders of business managers. In this session, we will discuss how to spot key employment issues such as those involving discrimination, leave, discipline, and wage/hour. In addition, we will discuss how to communicate these and other issues to the superintendent and board to ensure you are seen as effective.
- Updates on Collective Bargaining
A Drummond Woodsum labor attorney will discuss some of the recent changes to Maine’s collective-bargaining and public employment laws. We will also discuss the role of the business manager in negotiations and how you can help your board team succeed at the table.
- Q&A Sessions
Our panel will devote two 15-minute sessions to answer (if we can) any and all questions involving school business and the law. This is not limited to today’s seminar topics. We will pre-screen the questions, but only to make sure they are of general interest. You ask the question; we will do our best to answer!
Come join your colleagues for a day of professional development and updates on the law as it applies to Maine school business officials. This event presents an excellent opportunity to network with other school business officials from across the state and learn from those with real life experience in dealing with important legal issues affecting business operations of Maine schools.
Who Should Attend?
✓ Business Managers
✓ Primary Benefits Professionals
✓ Anyone responsible for the business aspects of a school administration unit