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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…

New Illinois Employment-Related Laws Affecting Educational Employers; Department Of Labor Opinion Letter States Attendance at IEP Meetings is a FMLA Qualifying Event (September 3, 2019)

NEW ILLINOIS EMPLOYMENT-RELATED LAWS AFFECTING EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYERS Unsatisfactory Teacher Ratings Subject to an Appeals Procedure On August 27, 2019, the Governor signed SB 1213 (Public Act 101-0591) creating an appeals process for teachers who receive unsatisfactory summative ratings.  Public Act 101-0591 requires that school districts and special education cooperatives must develop and implement an appeals … Read more…

New Illinois Laws Establish Additional Requirements for School Districts and Special Education Cooperatives (September 3, 2019)

As you are likely aware, Governor Pritzker has recently signed several pieces of legislation that will have an immediate impact on school districts and special education cooperatives throughout Illinois. The following are summaries of three of the significant new laws that are now in effect, as well as our recommended compliance activities.  This will be … Read more…

Legislation Expands Provisions for Administration of Medical Cannabis (August 15, 2019)

An amendment to the Illinois School Code specifies that schools must allow school nurses and school administrators to administer medical cannabis products to students. The measure, signed by the Governor on Monday, also provides that school districts may authorize students to self-administer medical cannabis under the direct supervision of a school nurse or school administrator. … Read more…