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Higher Education Happenings, January 2023

Higher Education Happenings is a complimentary newsletter published by our attorneys in the firm’s higher education practice group.

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New Federal Laws Increase Protections for Pregnant Employees

Contained within the recently enacted 1.7 trillion-dollar Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (Omnibus Bill), are two new federal laws designed to increase the workplace protections for pregnant and/or recently pregnant employees.

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Teacher’s “MAGA” hat Displayed During a Training on Racial and Cultural Sensitivity is Protected Speech

A middle school teacher’s decision to wear and display a “Make America Great Again” (“MAGA”) hat to the school district’s “teacher only” training sessions on racial bias and cultural sensitivity was First Amendment-protected activity.

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Four Key Labor and Employment Law Developments for 2023

Another year means another round of changes to labor and employment laws in Illinois of which all employers should be aware. Read our In-Brief on the updates below!

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Federal Circuit Split:  Eleventh Circuit Affirms Florida School District Policy Separating Bathrooms by Biological Sex

On January 30, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Florida school district’s policy of separating bathrooms by biological sex, creating a split among federal circuits on the issue of restroom access by transgender students. Read more on this decision below!

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Robbins Schwartz is Pleased to Announce New Partners

We are pleased to announce that Thomas C. Garretson, Michelle L. Weber, and Kevin P. Noll have been named partners.

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Four Key Labor and Employment Law Developments for 2023

Another year means another round of changes to labor and employment laws in Illinois of which all employers should be aware. Read our In-Brief on the updates below!

Federal Circuit Split:  Eleventh Circuit Affirms Florida School District Policy Separating Bathrooms by Biological Sex

On January 30, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Florida school district’s policy of separating bathrooms by biological sex, creating a split among federal circuits on the issue of restroom access by transgender students. Read more on this decision below!

Robbins Schwartz is Pleased to Announce New Partners

We are pleased to announce that Thomas C. Garretson, Michelle L. Weber, and Kevin P. Noll have been named partners.

Second Circuit Affirms Transgender Student Athletic Participation Policy

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a challenge brought by cisgender students against a policy that allows students who are transgender to compete on athletic teams that align with their gender identity. Read more on the decision below!

Reminder: New Requirements for Students in DCFS Custody

On June 10, 2022, the Decennial Committees on Local Government Efficiency Act (the “Act”) was signed into law by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (P.A. 102-1088).

The Decennial Committees on Local Government Efficiency Act adds to the “To Do” list for many units of local government

On June 10, 2022, the Decennial Committees on Local Government Efficiency Act (the “Act”) was signed into law by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (P.A. 102-1088).

Race-Conscious Measures to Achieve Student Diversity Are in Jeopardy after Supreme Court Arguments

The dust and ashes have settled from October 31, 2022’s five hours of fiery oral argument before the Supreme Court (the “Court”) on challenges to Harvard’s and the University of North Carolina’s (the “UNC”) use of race-conscious measures in student admissions.

Illinois Expected to Add Workers’ Rights Amendment to Constitution

On November 8, Illinois voters had the opportunity to support or oppose the “Workers’ Rights Amendment,” sometimes called “Amendment 1” for its position on the ballot. Read more on this below!

Federal Court Dismisses BIPA Lawsuit Against Private Universities and Colleges Participating in Federal Student Aid Program

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against DePaul University for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”)  through the use of an online proctoring tool, Respondus Monitor. Read more below!

Reminder: Truth in Taxation Deadlines are Nearing

Illinois’ Truth in Taxation Law requires that taxing districts estimate the amounts of money needed from their tax levy at least 20 days prior to adopting their final annual levy.