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Supreme Court Allows High School Admissions Policy Designed to Promote Diversity

On February 20, 2024, the Supreme Court declined to review whether a Virginia high school’s 2020 revised admissions policy, which aimed at fostering student diversity, constituted racial discrimination. Read more about the revised policy in our latest law alert.

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ISBE Model Bullying Prevention Policy Now Available

Public Act 103-0047 was recently passed, adding new requirements to schools’ bullying prevention and response obligations. Read more about the update in our latest law alert.

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Refresher on Educational Support Staff RIF Procedures and Updates to Teacher Non-Renewal/RIF Deadlines

As the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year quickly approaches, school districts are gearing up for staffing needs in 2024-2025 and beyond. Check out our latest in brief for a refresher on educational support staff RIF procedures and more.

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Professor’s Complaint That University Demoted and Disciplined Him Because of His Anti-DEI Statements and Blog Post Turned Away by Supreme Court

A professor was demoted and disciplined by his university for anti-DEI statements and blog posts. Read more about the case in our latest law alert.

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Supreme Court Allows West Point to Consider Race In Its Admission Policy

The Supreme Court has decided that West Point can continue to take race into account as a factor in its admission policy. Read more about the decision in our latest law alert.

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Federal Judge Oral Argument Orders Challenges as Sex and Race Discrimination

A judicial conduct complaint was recently filed against three federal judges alleging that their standings orders constitutes discrimination against race and sex. Read more about the case in our latest law alert.

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Further Guidance for Compliance with New Posting Obligations for IMRF Employers

In September we issued a Law Alert regarding Public Act 97-609 (the “Act”), which requires IMRF-covered employers to post the total compensation package (“TCP”)[1] for: (1) every IMRF-covered employee earning a TCP…

NLRB ALJ Rules That Chicago Area Car Dealership Had Overly Broad Policies, but Upholds Employee’s Dismissal

As noted in our August 2011 In Brief on this topic, employers continue to be confronted with difficult legal and practical issues when considering the possibility of punishing employees for their statements…

New Amendments to the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act

On July 21, 2011 Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 97-0155, which amended the Sex Offender Registration Act, effective January 1, 2012, to require all sex offenders and predators…

Amendment to The Code of Civil Procedure Allows Municipalities to Evict Tenants for Criminal Activities

The Illinois Code of Civil Procedure has recently been amended by Public Act 97-236 to provide municipalities with an important new tool to enforce crime free housing ordinances and to…

Pension Reform: Sweeping Changes to IMRF

As part of the on-going pension reform being tackled by the State of Illinois, the Illinois legislature recently passed and the Governor recently signed several items of legislation which affect…

Missouri Court Grants Injunction Blocking Enforcement of Law Preventing Teachers from Social Media Contact with Students

Public schools across the country have dealt with the benefits and drawbacks to the use of social media by teachers to communicate with students. Although social medias are often beneficial…

Lorence H. Slutzky Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2012 List

Partner Lorence H. Slutzky was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 list. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Best Lawyers compiles…

New Posting Obligations for IMRF Employers

Public Act 97-609, effective January 1, 2012[1], adds a new section to the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/7.3), creating two new posting obligations for IMRF employers: The total compensation…

IRS Issues Long-awaited Guidance on Termination of Section 403(b) Plans

The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2011-7 (the “Ruling”), which clarifies the requirements for a sponsor to terminate a 403(b) plan, as well as the resulting tax consequences to plan…

New FOIA Amendments Ease Burden on Public Bodies

On August 27, 2011, Public Act 97-579 was signed into law, which amends FOIA by: (1) eliminating the “pre-authorization” process when asserting a denial under Section 7(1)(c) or 7(1)(f) of…