Managing legal risks in early childhood programs : how to prevent flare-ups from becoming lawsuits
- Bruno, Holly Elissa.
- New York : Teachers College Press ; St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xiv, 175 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
KF2042 .D3 B78 2012
- Unknown KF2042 .D3 B78 2012
- Copeland, Tom, 1950-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-167) and index.
- "Can my child care program be sued?" : The limits of this book
- 1. Knowing the right thing to do: guidance from legal history, legal theory, and brain research : Are your decisions "fair enough" or "no fair!"? ; Is one decision-making process fairer than the other? ; Due process model of fairness ; How rational are our decisions? ; Codes of ethics ; Case study: Reporting suspected abuse
- 2. Acting ethically while reducing the risks of a lawsuit : A theoretical framework to reduce the risks of a lawsuit ; Case study: Handling different religious beliefs ; Self-protection checklist
- 3. Reducing conflicts with parents: using contracts and policies effectively : Setting your own rules ; Restrictions on your contract and policies ; Payment schedules ; Case study: Offering customized payment plans ; Rate structures ; Case study: Handling the loss of funding ; Making your contract and policies work for everyone
- 4. Building partnerships with families: preventing sticky situations and promoting clear expectations : When teachers babysit for program families ; Case study: Pros and cons of babysitting ; Authorized lists for pickup ; Case study: Documenting custody rights ; Instituting a safe-departure policy ; Case study: Safety concerns at release time ; Introducing new policies to families
- 5. Keeping your child care center safe for everyone: prevention strategies : Your legal duty ; An ounce of prevention ; Caring for sick and injured children ; Keeping children safe when outside and away ; Child abuse ; Sex offenders
- 6. Minority rights: whose differences are protected? : Balancing minority and majority needs ; Immigrants in America ; Case study: Immigrant family rights ; English-language learners ; Case study: Helping English-language learners ; LGBT children and families ; Case study: Addressing concerns ; Children with disabilities ; Case study: Working with parents
- 7. Privacy and confidentiality in the Internet age : Ethical and legal issues ; Common privacy concerns ; Internet challenges ; When your center's reputation is attacked on the Internet ; Licensing records ; Staff issues
- 8. Employee hiring process: ethical and legal policies : Obtaining references of substance ; Case study: Contacting references ; Drafting job descriptions ; Writing job-interview questions ; Asking appropriate interview questions ; Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ; Case study: Disabilities and reasonable accommodations ; Awareness of cultural differences in the hiring process ; Case study: Being culturally aware
- 9. Supervision challenges: stepping up to the plate : Facing the discomfort of confrontation ; Case study: Managing a resistant employee ; The probationary period ; Employment "at will" ; Progressive discipline steps ; Returning to employment "at will" ; Grounds for immediate termination ; Confronting difficult-to-document behavior ; Complying with ADAAA requirements on disciplinary action ; Case study: Disciplinary action and disability ; Case study: Addressing highly sensitive issues ; Confidentiality requirements
- 10. Insurance: are you fully covered? : What does insurance protect? ; Vehicle insurance ; Visitors and workers on your premises ; Directors' and officers' insurance ; Shopping for insurance and an insurance agent ; Insurance coverage limits ; Liability waivers
- Appendix: Helpful websites.
- Publisher's Summary
- Can my child care program be sued? If you have ever asked yourself this question, you are not alone. This guide will help you prevent and manage problems with potential legal consequences, reduce the risk of a lawsuit, and assist you in preparing a strong defense should your program be sued. This practical book covers a wide range of topics, including privacy issues, accusations of discrimination, employee hiring/firing practices, and insurance coverage. The authors offer clear advice and examples of specific policies and procedures that will help you keep children safe while improving communication with parents, regulators, insurance agents, and lawyers.
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- Publication date
- Holly Elissa Bruno, Tom Copeland.