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Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Illinois Colleges and Universities

On July 19, 2021, the Illinois Community College Board (“ICCB”) and Illinois Board of Higher Education (“IBHE”) jointly released updated COVID-19 guidance designed to help facilitate the safe transition back to campus.

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Indiana University’s Vaccination Policy Decision Appealed

As expected, Ryan Klaassen et. al., v. The Trustees of Indiana University, on July 20, 2021, appealed a federal district court judge’s July 18, 2021 decision upholding, at least preliminary, the University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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Amendment of Code of Civil Procedure Impacts Opioid Litigation for School Districts and Units of Local Government

On July 9th, 2021, Public Act 102-0085 was signed into Law. The act went into effect immediately, and has ramifications for School Districts and Local Governments. Read more on how you may be impacted!

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Announces Election of Joseph J. Perkoski as Fellow!

Robbins Schwartz is proud to announce the election of Joseph J. Perkoski to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a new Fellow. Election as a Fellow is the…

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CDC Releases Updated COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for K–12 Schools

The CDC has once again updated it’s guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. The most recent updated guidance was fully adopted by ISBE and IDPH, so there will likely be changes to the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

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Sunset Provision Limits Broad School District Authority to Make Interfund Transfers

For many years, thanks to a 2003 amendment, Section 17-2A temporarily permitted unrestricted transfers between a school district’s principal operating funds. However, the most recent extension period expired without further amendment on June 30, 2021.

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ISBE Approves Resolution for Full In-Person Learning

During its monthly open meeting today, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a resolution that will impact some school districts’ planning for the next school year. ISBE voted unanimously to support a declaration by State Superintendent Carmen Ayala that, “Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days,” with the narrow exception that “remote instruction be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order.”

Masks, No Masks and Other Things: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Governor Pritzker’s announcement yesterday that Illinois has aligned its mask guidance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised many questions, including what authority controls (federal, state, local), what phase Illinois is in, and whether Illinois is operating under a disaster proclamation. This publication will answer some of the more pressing questions for the educational, municipal, and private sector entities.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Follow LHD Quarantine Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals

The answer to the question of whether a fully vaccinated individual needs to quarantine following “close contact” exposure to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case depends on the guidance from your local health department.

New Regulation Requires Qualified Interpreters to Attend Individualized Education Program Meetings

The Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) recently adopted new regulations, which define a “qualified interpreter” and set forth procedural requirements for school districts providing qualified interpreters at Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) meetings.