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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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Biden Administration Revisiting Title IX Sexual Harassment Rules

Today President Biden issued an executive order that marked the first public step toward reshaping Title IX regulations about sexual harassment again.

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

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…

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…

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…