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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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Robbins Schwartz Announces Partner Promotions

Jessica A. Milligan focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law for school districts and community colleges, including employee misconduct investigations, discipline and termination, employee benefits, collective…

THE EEOC, ONCE AGAIN, PROPOSES RULES ON WORKPLACE WELLNESS PLANS

On January 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released proposed rules on employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”).

IDPH Punts to Local Health Departments on Implementation of Shortened Quarantine Protocol

Written by Todd K. Hayden, Catherine R. Locallo and Jack Klinker This is an update to our December 3, 2020 Law Alert announcing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) options to…

Educational Support Staff RIF Checklist

As school districts continue to confront the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they may also be facing unprecedented financial challenges. In response to these challenges, all options available to reduce costs, including workforce reductions, may need to be considered. School districts may determine it necessary to implement a reduction-in-force (“RIF”) of its educational support personnel (“ESPs”), including paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, bus drivers, payroll clerks, and custodial and maintenance employees.

Stimulus Bill Gives Employers Option of Extending FFCRA Leave

On December 27, 2020, the federal government authorized $900 billion in stimulus funds through passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act to provide additional relief relative to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Supreme Court Limits Community Colleges’ Ability to Replace Tenured Faculty with Adjuncts

Can a community college hire an adjunct to teach classes which a tenured faculty member who was recently subjected to a reduction in force (“RIF”) is competent to teach? Not…

EEOC Updates Guidance on Vaccinations

In the days since the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to healthcare workers in the U.S., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance for vaccinations in the workplace. The guidance document explains how an employer’s vaccine program interacts with and implicates anti-discrimination statutes like the ADA, Title VII, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). It also provides parameters for employers who wish to require/administer vaccines.

CDC Shortens Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) published an updated quarantine guidance document titled “Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing.” This publication provides guidelines which local health departments may choose to adopt to shorten quarantine protocols for close contacts of a COVID-19 case.

CDC Further Updates Travel Guidance

On November 21, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) updated its “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination” and issued several other travel-related publications.

Are Board Meetings Subject to the Restrictions in the Regional Mitigation Measures?

With all regions in the State operating under mitigation measures which include limits for in-person meetings (10 or 25 persons depending on the region), there is great confusion about whether…