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Overview of Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law

On February 22, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-0652, which includes sweeping criminal justice reforms that will have a significant impact on law enforcement agencies and officers across the state

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New Supplemental Savings Plan Offered by Teachers’ Retirement System

In 2018, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Pension Code to add a requirement that the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois (TRS) provide an optional defined contribution benefit to all…

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IDPH Supplements Quarantine Guidance to Account for Vaccinations

IDPH recently issued interim quarantine guidance for vaccinated school employees. Notably, the interim guidance does not replace the IDPH’s existing exclusion chart, which is summarized in our January 7, 2021…

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Biden’s Department of Justice Reverses Course in Yale “Affirmative Action” Lawsuit

On February 3, 2021, the United States’ Department of Justice (the “Department”) withdrew its lawsuit against Yale University (“Yale”) claiming that Yale unlawfully discriminated against White and Asian-American applicants in…

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In Case Challenging City of Peoria Ordinance, Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Standard for Determining a “Catastrophic Injury” under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act

The Third District Appellate Court recently reaffirmed the standard for determining whether a firefighter has suffered a “catastrophic injury” under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (“Act”).  In the case…

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Employers Seek Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives

In a February 1, 2021 letter, several employers and business organizations, urged the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to provide guidance on employer-provided COVID-19 vaccine incentives.

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Biden’s Department of Justice Reverses Course in Yale “Affirmative Action” Lawsuit

On February 3, 2021, the United States’ Department of Justice (the “Department”) withdrew its lawsuit against Yale University (“Yale”) claiming that Yale unlawfully discriminated against White and Asian-American applicants in…

In Case Challenging City of Peoria Ordinance, Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Standard for Determining a “Catastrophic Injury” under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act

The Third District Appellate Court recently reaffirmed the standard for determining whether a firefighter has suffered a “catastrophic injury” under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (“Act”).  In the case…

Employers Seek Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives

In a February 1, 2021 letter, several employers and business organizations, urged the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to provide guidance on employer-provided COVID-19 vaccine incentives.

New Title IX Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

On January 15, 2021, the outgoing U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published new guidance on its Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment, which went into effect on August 14, 2020.

EEOC Updates its 2008 Guidance on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

On January 15, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) finalized new Guidance regarding religious discrimination and accommodation in the workplace.

Community Colleges to Face New Requirements for Student Placement and Developmental Education

On January 11, 2021, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 2170, which will introduce sweeping educational reforms if Governor Pritzker signs the bill as expected.  While most of the bill…

New Omnibus Legislation Has Broad Implications for Illinois K-12 Districts

On January 11, 2021, House Bill 2170 officially passed the Illinois legislature and is currently awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature.  HB 2170, which was backed by the Black legislative caucus, was…

“A Reasonable Warning” Under the Illinois School Code: The Second District Appellate Court Rejects the Specific Conduct Rule

A board of education must provide a tenured teacher with “a reasonable warning, in writing, stating specifically the causes that if not removed, may result in charges” prior to dismissing a tenured teacher for remediable causes pursuant to Section 24-12 of the Illinois School Code. The “reasonable warning” requirement is often referred to as a “notice of remedial warning.”

2021 AMENDMENTS TO THE STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT

With school districts utilizing more software and remote learning tools than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure student data and personally identifiable student information is protected.

COMING SOON: LIMITS ON EMPLOYERS’ USE OF CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORDS, EQUAL PAY REGISTRATION, AND EXTENDED PANDEMIC MEASURES

Last week the Illinois legislature passed two bills that may significantly impact many employers. If signed, SB 1480 will limit the use of criminal conviction records in employment decisions and create requirements for some private employers to obtain equal pay registration certificates.