Accommodating Children with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

One of our loss prevention representatives was recently asked about including children with disabilities in camp activities. This organization had heard about the YMCA of Metro Chicago settling a discrimination complaint after they refused to train staff on how to administer glucagon shots to a child with diabetes. This led to a conversation about accommodating children with different disabilities at the organization’s camp.

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Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?

March 11, 2015

At this point you’ve likely heard about the measles outbreak sweeping through the country. Originating at Disneyland in Orange County, California, the outbreak has since spread to 17 states and revived a national debate about vaccines. We saw a huge spike in the number of measles cases in

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Working With Parents: When Can I Discriminate?

June 12, 2012
This guest post is based on a chapter in Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits, a new book co-authored by Tom Copeland and Holly Elissa Bruno that will be published by Teachers College Press this fall.

Is it okay to have different rules for different parents in your child care program? It depends.

In general, you can set your own rules and run your business the way you want, without fear that you are breaking the law if you treat parents

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Lifeguarding: How Old is Too Old?

August 23, 2010

Last week, a West Bend loss prevention representative was asked by the aquatics director for one of our customers if we had a policy on the maximum age of a lifeguard. This is an excellent question. In short, virtually no organization should have a policy indicating a maximum age limit for any employees. For an in-depth legal analysis we turned to our very own Jenn Seidler.

Jenn is an attorney with West Bend’s specialty lines division. In addition to handling employment practices liability claims, Jenn works on property, liability and crime policy claims.

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Same-Sex Marriage and Community Orgs

August 05, 2010

[Editor Note: Number of states recognizing same-sex marriage or civil unions updated on February 2nd, 2012] A same-sex couple in North Carolina with three adopted children was denied a family membership at their local YMCA. The Y’s policies and procedures indicate that only a “legally married husband and wife or those who file joint tax returns” may qualify for a discounted family membership.

The couple was encouraged to purchase two separate memberships – a single-with-dependents membership and a single adult membership. While this approach would have given the family access to the Y and its programs just like a traditional family membership, it would also cost an extra

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