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Native American Heritage Month

Learn more abut Native American Heritage Month here.

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2024 General Primary and General Election Calendar

The General Primary Election on March 19, 2024 will see candidates for State Senator and Representatives in the General Assembly nominated as well as candidates for county office. Those nominated will stand for election on November 5, 2024. Read more here.

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Do Not Forget Your DEI Mission Statement and Related Communications When Conducting a Compliance Review and Assessment

Institutions should include their DEI mission statements and related communications when conducting a compliance review and assessment. Read more here

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Department of Labor’s Proposed “Overtime Rule” Will be Costly and Potentially Disruptive for Higher Education Institutions

The Department of Labor’s proposed rule to raise the income cutoff for overtime pay could potentially disrupt higher education institutions. Read more here.

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Supreme Court Signals That An Employer is Entitled to Ultimate Discretion in Deciding What is Reasonable Workplace Accommodation Under the ADA

The United States Supreme Court has determined that employers are entitled to ultimate discretion in deciding reasonable workplace accommodations under the ADA. Read more here.

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Transportation Benefits Program Act Effective January 1, 2024

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed the Transportation Benefits Program Act into law, effective January 1, 2024. Read more here.

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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.

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. 

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!

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Learn more about the Holocaust below:

Higher Education Happenings, January 2023

Higher Education Happenings is a complimentary newsletter published by our attorneys in the firm's higher education practice group.

New Federal Laws Increase Protections for Pregnant Employees

Contained within the recently enacted 1.7 trillion-dollar Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (Omnibus Bill), are two new federal laws designed to increase the workplace protections for pregnant and/or recently pregnant employees.

Teacher’s “MAGA” hat Displayed During a Training on Racial and Cultural Sensitivity is Protected Speech

A middle school teacher’s decision to wear and display a “Make America Great Again” (“MAGA”) hat to the school district’s “teacher only” training sessions on racial bias and cultural sensitivity was First Amendment-protected activity.

Four Key Labor and Employment Law Developments for 2023

Another year means another round of changes to labor and employment laws in Illinois of which all employers should be aware. Read our In-Brief on the updates below!

Federal Circuit Split:  Eleventh Circuit Affirms Florida School District Policy Separating Bathrooms by Biological Sex

On January 30, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Florida school district’s policy of separating bathrooms by biological sex, creating a split among federal circuits on the issue of restroom access by transgender students. Read more on this decision below!

Robbins Schwartz is Pleased to Announce New Partners

We are pleased to announce that Thomas C. Garretson, Michelle L. Weber, and Kevin P. Noll have been named partners.