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COVID-19 Update to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (April 2, 2020)

The effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) has arrived.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) continue to provide additional guidance.  The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its temporary regulation to implement the FFCRA, which tracks previous Q&A guidance from the DOL.  The IRS has … Read more…

COVID-19 Interim Update to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 27, 2020)

In the week following enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, now commonly referred to as the “FFCRA,” the U.S. Department of Labor has begun to provide some initial guidance on administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“Expanded FMLA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act benefits of the FFCRA.  … Read more…

COVID-19 Update on Provision of Special Education And Related Services Through Alternative Means During School Closures (March 25, 2020)

Our office has recently received many questions related to whether parent consent is required for districts and cooperatives to provide special education and/or related services to students, individually or in groups, through alternative means (i.e., by phone or electronically through online/virtual platforms such as Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.) during the school closure period … Read more…

COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 19, 2020)

Hours after the Senate voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First”) that the House of Representatives passed last week, President Trump signed the bill into law on March 18, 2020.  Effective April 2, 2020 (15 days after enactment), private employers with fewer than 500 employees and governmental employers (including municipalities and … Read more…

COVID-19 Staffing Update (March 17, 2020)

Early on March 17th, 2020, the Office of the Governor, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association and Illinois State Board of Education issued a Joint Statement on staffing implications of the designated Act of God Days for the current mandatory school closure from March 17, 2020 … Read more…

COVID-19 FAQ Updated (March 16, 2020)

We have heard from a number of our school district and special education cooperative clients with questions regarding operational, staff and student issues presented by the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”).  Given the unique nature of COVID-19, medical professionals, government and community officials, employers and employees, and the legal community are learning together how to apply best … Read more…

COVID-19 FAQ (March 7, 2020)

We have heard from a number of our school district and special education cooperative clients with questions regarding operational, staff and student issues presented by the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”).  Given the unique nature of COVID-19, medical professionals, government and community officials, employers and employees, and the legal community are learning together how to apply best … Read more…

Update on ISBE Regulation on the Use of Time Out, Isolated Time Out, and Physical Restraint (February 25, 2020)

As you are likely aware, on February 18, 2020 the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted final proposed rules on the use of time out and physical restraint in Illinois schools.  While many of the final provisions are identical to the requirements imposed by the original (11/20/19) and amended (12/4/19) emergency rules, the ISBE … Read more…

ISBE Emergency Rules on Time-outs and Physical Restraints (November 22, 2019)

ISBE EMERGENCY RULES AND RELATED DIRECTIVES As you are no doubt aware, an article published by the Chicago Tribune earlier this week has resulted in grave concerns about the use of isolated time-out and physical restraint of students in schools across Illinois.  In response, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has published emergency rules … Read more…