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Paid Leave for (Almost) All Illinois Workers Required under New Law

Governor Pritzker signed a new law that changed current Paid Leave requirements for specific institutions. To see how your organization might be impacted, read more below!

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Illinois Department of Labor Publishes Family Bereavement Leave Act Documentation Form

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) published its promised FBLA Leave Documentation form that employers may elect to use.

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Revised Clear and Present Danger Reporting Intergovernmental Agreement Issued to Address Concerns

The Intergovernmental Agreement that was provided to school districts on March 6, 2023, allows a district to select the administrator(s) to submit reports under the clear and present danger reporting requirements. 

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ISBE Releases Employment History Review Forms Required Under Faith’s Law

ISBE releases template forms for sexual misconduct disclosures for applicants for employment effective July 1, 2023.

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Educational Support Staff RIF Checklist

As school districts continue to be challenged by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, reductions in student enrollment, and the rampant rise in inflation, all options available to limit costs, including workforce reductions, may need to be considered. 

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Black History Month 2023

February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Click the link below to learn how to support local communities and many other things!

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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.

“Split Decision” On Reverse Discrimination Lawsuits Issued by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On October 18 and 19, 2022, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers federal complaints filed in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) issued two different decisions involving “reverse discrimination” lawsuits. Read more below!

Native American Heritage Month 2022

November marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. Check out our page below on different ways to celebrate and learn more.

Cash Reserve Balance Disclosure Requirements During Levy and Budget Hearings

As school districts get closer to the adoption of their levies and, with most districts this year, their Truth in Taxation hearings, school districts should be aware of and remember the new requirements to disclose certain cash reserve balances.