Law Alerts

Published December 13, 2018
On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations addressing how educational institutions must address allegations of sexual harassment and assault under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. If the proposed regulations go into effect, they would replace guidance issued by the Department of Education’s
Published December 7, 2018
As a reminder, for candidates seeking election at the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, Monday December 10, 2018 is the first date that candidates may file their nominating papers. All filers in line at the opening of the office where filing takes place will have their nominating papers deemed simultaneously filed and will be eligible for the lottery to
Published December 6, 2018
Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended to impose an affirmative duty on Illinois employers to reimburse certain expenses incurred by its employees. Previously, the Act did not address the issue of reimbursements. Now, per the amendment (resulting in the creation of 820 ILCS 115/9.5), employers will be
Published November 15, 2018
On August 24, 2018, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) allowing employees more time to file Charges of Discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and to opt out of the IDHR investigation process and proceed directly to state court. See Public Act 100-1066. Time to File Discrimination Charges
Published October 25, 2018
On October 11, 2018, a three-judge panel on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision affirming the award of summary judgment to Oakton Community College ("Oakton") by the District Court and dismissing the appeal filed on behalf of a class of non-reemployed State Universities Retirement System ("SURS") annuitants. The Seventh Circuit (which
Published October 8, 2018
Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois legislature enacted Public Act 100-0983 (the “Act”) requiring township clerks to “attest” to all payouts made by a township supervisor from a township treasury or road district treasury. The Act amends the Public Graveyards Act (50 ILCS 610/2c), the Township Code (60 ILCS 1/7-27) and the
Published September 17, 2018
Effective August 21, 2018, the Illinois legislature amended the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act (the “Act”) 820 ILCS 260/10 for the purpose of enhancing the rights of nursing mothers in the workplace. The amendment now provides that employers shall provide “reasonable break time” (instead of “unpaid break time”)
Published September 12, 2018
Several recent legislative changes impact the delivery of service to students and require schools to update existing protocols and procedures. These changes include the following: Assistive Technology Notice for Students with IEPs: Senate Bill 0545, which became law on August 20, 2018, requires that at a student’s initial IEP and each annual IEP
Published August 31, 2018
In recent weeks, Governor Rauner signed several important pieces of legislation relating to school districts’ recruitment and employment of substitute teachers. Below are a summary of these new laws. 1. Revisions to Teacher Requirements Intended to Increase the Substitute Teacher Pool. On June 29, 2018, Governor Rauner signed Public Act 100-0596
Published August 31, 2018
Effective January 1, 2019, Public Act 100-0768 amends the Illinois School Code to exempt meetings of the RIF Joint Committee and the PERA Joint Committee from the requirements of the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”). This amendment also mandates that beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the PERA Joint Committee shall meet at least annually to
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