Legal News & Updates

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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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Paid Leave for (Almost) All Illinois Workers Required under New Law

Governor Pritzker signed a new law that changed current Paid Leave requirements for specific institutions. To see how your organization might be impacted, read more below!

Illinois Department of Labor Publishes Family Bereavement Leave Act Documentation Form

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) published its promised FBLA Leave Documentation form that employers may elect to use.

Revised Clear and Present Danger Reporting Intergovernmental Agreement Issued to Address Concerns

The Intergovernmental Agreement that was provided to school districts on March 6, 2023, allows a district to select the administrator(s) to submit reports under the clear and present danger reporting requirements. 

International Women’s Day 2023

Happy International Womens Day! Read stories of inspiring female achievements here.

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.