Local Government Lowdown

New Department of Labor Rule Regarding Employee Versus Independent Contractor Under FLSA

Classification of an employee as an independent contractor can make employers liable for employment taxes.  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/understanding-employee-vs-contractor-designation.  Generally, an employer must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee…. Continue Reading →

IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2021

Tressler attorneys are speaking at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. Please click here to register. We look forward to “seeing” you there! January 28-30, 2021 Virtual Conference Conference Website: http://www.ilparksconference.com/ Presentations: Time’s Up – Managing a Harassment-Free Workplace Date: 1/28/21Time: 11:30… Continue Reading →

New PAC Opinion Provides Public Bodies With Clarity on the Types of Records Protected by the Juvenile Court Act

The Illinois Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) Office recently issued a binding PAC opinion finding a public body in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for improperly denying a FOIA request for records concerning a juvenile victim. This… Continue Reading →

EEOC Guidance States Employers Can Mandate The COVID Vaccine

Since the notion of a vaccine began to circulate, employers have anxiously wondered whether they will be allowed to mandate their employees be vaccinated. On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released formal guidance answering this question.  Yes,… Continue Reading →

Election Selfie of Completed Ballot Is Still a Felony!

On November 6, 2018, the day of the midterm elections, the plaintiff, Trista Oettle, reported to her assigned polling place in Clinton County to cast her vote. One of the defendants, the election judge on that date, was asked by… Continue Reading →

Grant Funding Available to Libraries Pursuant to the New Digital Equity Package

On November 17, 2020, the Governor announced a commitment to digital equity through an investment of $750,000 intended to lessen the digital divide throughout the state. This investment is part of the Governor’s $420 million Connect Illinois initiative to bring universal… Continue Reading →

$3.3 Million in Grants Available to Fire Protection and Ambulance Districts

The COVID-19 pandemic has created widespread budgeting woes for municipalities throughout the state, with fire protection and ambulance districts being hit particularly hard. In an effort to help ease these budgeting issues, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal… Continue Reading →

Special Tier 3 Mitigation Measures Update for Libraries

On November 17, 2020, the Governor announced, due to the surge in COVID cases, the entire State of Illinois will undergo Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation Measures. The Tiered Resurgence Mitigation Plan first emerged in July 2020 to slow the spread of… Continue Reading →

Upcoming Deadline for Taxing Bodies to Meet IMRF Website Posting Requirements

“Municipalities” that maintain and operate a website face an upcoming January 1, 2021 deadline to update their websites. The Illinois Pension Code was amended in 2019 when Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 1010-0504. The applicable section of the Illinois Pension… Continue Reading →

PAC Issues New Binding Opinion on Muting Sidebars During Remote Public Meetings

A few days before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued its seventh binding opinion (PAC Opinion No. 20-007) in 2020 regarding the conduct of remote public meetings during a public health emergency. The PAC found that a… Continue Reading →

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