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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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Magnet School’s Student Admissions Policy Revised, in Part, to Increase Diversity, Faces Legal Challenges and Might be the Next DEI Case Before the Supreme Court

A group of Virginia area parents asked the Supreme Court to hear their complaints regarding their recent revision surrounding the student admissions process. Read more here.

Higher Education Happenings, September 2023

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

Supreme Court’s Student Admissions Decision Opens the Door to Lawsuits Challenging Employer DEI Initiatives

Employer DEI initiatives are facing challenges in light of the Supreme Court's recent student admissions decision. Read more here.

The Departments of Justice and Education Issue Guidance for Higher Education Institutions on Lawful Diversity and Equity Measures

The United States Departments of Justice and Education released written guidance to assist colleges and universities in understanding the decision to invalidate the use of race in student admissions. Read more here.

New School Year – New Teacher Rules

Read more about the recent modifications made to tenure qualifications for teachers here.

Bill Requiring Cash Reserve Reduction Plans Becomes Law

Public Act 103-0394 has recently been signed into law by Governor Pritzker. Read more here.

Frank B. Garrett III Presenting at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ Virtual Boot Camp

Robbins Schwartz is excited to announce Frank B. Garrett III as a presenter at the 2023 American Association of School Personnel Administrators' Virtual Boot Camp.

Governor Signs Legislation Allowing Certain Non-Citizens to Become Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers in Illinois

Governor Pritzker has signed legislation that will allow certain non-citizens to become deputy sheriffs and police officers in Illinois. Read more here.

2023 Legal Update for Illinois Higher Education Institutions Virtual Conference

Join us on Thursday, September 14, 2023 for our annual Legal Update for Illinois Higher Education Institutions Virtual Conference.

Use of Race Conscious Measures in Student Admission Decisions are Unconstitutional…

The United States Supreme Court has declared the use of race conscious measures in student admission decisions as unconstitutional. Read more here.