In Brief

In Brief

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

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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 focuses on education at the K-12 level, the bill also creates the higher education-focused Developmental Education Reform Act (“Act”), which aims to remedy the barrier…

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New Omnibus Legislation Has Broad Implications for Illinois K-12 Districts

On January 11, 2021, House Bill 2170 officially passed the Illinois legislature and is currently awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature.  HB 2170, which was backed by the Black legislative caucus, was designed to address equity issues in education impacting minority students.  The bill makes significant changes to high school curriculum and graduation requirements to ensure more…

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2021 AMENDMENTS TO THE STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT

With school districts utilizing more software and remote learning tools than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure student data and personally identifiable student information is protected.

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COMING SOON: LIMITS ON EMPLOYERS’ USE OF CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORDS, EQUAL PAY REGISTRATION, AND EXTENDED PANDEMIC MEASURES

Last week the Illinois legislature passed two bills that may significantly impact many employers. If signed, SB 1480 will limit the use of criminal conviction records in employment decisions and create requirements for some private employers to obtain equal pay registration certificates.

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Extensive Law Enforcement Reform Bill Awaits Signature

Just before its two-year legislative cycle ended on Wednesday, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3653, a 764-page bill that is expected to make extensive changes to law enforcement throughout the state. Governor Pritzker has expressed support for HB 3653, and some provisions will go into effect as early as July 1, 2021 if he signs the bill.

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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.

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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.

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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 these measures apply to public bodies holding meetings to conduct public business under the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Based on our detailed review of several…

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2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION CALENDAR

The Covid-19 pandemic has touched nearly all aspects of daily life and as this In Brief goes out the county is less than two months away from a contentious federal election conducted under circumstances few imagined possible at the start of the year. Though the Consolidated Election is not until April 2021—a time some normalcy is hopefully starting to return to our lives—much of the process for nominating candidates and hearing objections occurs in the fall and winter of this year. There will surely be surprises and questions. We will be here to assist you as they come up.

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