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Elizabeth Wagman

It’s Finally Here! What You Need To Know About Phase 5

On June 11, 2021, the State of Illinois officially moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. This means that all businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, seated spectator events and more can resume operating at full capacity. Additionally, in accordance… Continue Reading →

Recent IHRA Amendments Will Require Employers To Consider Revisions To Hiring Policies

On March 23, 2021, the Governor signed legislation into effect amending the Illinois Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from barring applicants with conviction records from employment opportunities. Employers are now required to participate in an interactive process with the… Continue Reading →

HB-0040: Special Education Services Beyond the 22nd Birthday

Does your school district provide special education services to students 18 to 21? If so, it is important that you keep a close eye on HB-0040. This bill was recently introduced into the House of Representatives and proposes to amend the… Continue Reading →

EEOC Updates Conciliation Process

On January 11, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided the Federal Register with its final rules aimed at updating the conciliation process. Conciliation is a voluntary process aimed at resolving employment discrimination charges in an efficient and cost-effective… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Regarding Gay And Transgender Rights

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to people that identify as gay or transgender. Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against any person based upon, among… Continue Reading →

Violation of OMA Stemming from Closed Session Personnel Discussions

A constant question for boards is whether discussions are best suited for an open or closed session. The Open Meetings Act requires that all meetings of public bodies be open to the public. 5 ILCS 120/2.  However, there are multiple exceptions… Continue Reading →

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