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Pre-Order the Robbins Schwartz TRS Supplemental Savings Plan Compliance Kit

In 2018, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Pension Code to add a requirement that the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) provide an optional defined contribution benefit to all eligible members of SURS (which is done through SURS employers).

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Available Now: SURS Deferred Compensation Plan Compliance Kit

In 2018, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Pension Code to add a requirement that the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) provide an optional defined contribution benefit to all eligible members of SURS (which is done through SURS employers).

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Imminent Revisions to Title IX Regulations

President Biden issued an Executive Order on March 8, 2021, requiring the Secretary of the Department of Education to review all existing regulations, policies, and guidance documents relating to Title IX.

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Governor Pritzker Signs Into Law Changes Concerning Mail-in ballots and Election Security

On April 2, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law, P.A. 102-0001 amending certain provisions of the Illinois Election Code.

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Bill Limiting Uses of Criminal Conviction Records Becomes Law

On March 23, Governor Pritzker signed SB 1480 into law, making it Public Act 101-0656.

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Voluntary FFCRA Leave Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed comprehensive legislation into law designed to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (the “Plan”) contains important provisions impacting employers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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…

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.

Extensive Law Enforcement Reform Bill Awaits Signature

Just before its two-year legislative cycle ended on Wednesday, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3653, a 764-page bill that is expected to make extensive changes to law enforcement throughout the state. Governor Pritzker has expressed support for HB 3653, and some provisions will go into effect as early as July 1, 2021 if he signs the bill.