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Judge Dismisses Section 1983 Civil Rights Violation Claims Against Local High School Administration

Last week, a Federal Judge dismissed Section 1983 civil rights violation claims against Evanston Township High School district officials. The dismissed claims include violations of due process, equal protection and Title IX. Claims alleging that administrators failed to supervise security… 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 →

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 IMRF Website Posting Requirement

Governor Pritzker has signed into law Public Act 101-504, amending the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/7-135.5). It requires IMRF to post certain information regarding contributions made by local taxing bodies. Further, the Act requires that by January 1, 2021,… 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 →

An Evolving Landscape – Public Bodies’ Responsibility to Pay Prevailing Wage to Laborer Landscapers

Public bodies and those who contract with public bodies should be aware of a recent appellate court decision that addressed two topics with respect to the Prevailing Wage Act – the importance of including specific prevailing wage language into contracts… Continue Reading →

The Adoption Of SOPPA May Provide A Tough Lesson For Schools That Fail To Comply

Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on a data breach involving student data stored by Pearson Clinical Assessment that may have involved a number of students at Illinois schools. On September 5, 2019, the parent of a student at Indian Prairie School District… Continue Reading →

School District Not Liable For Cheerleader’s Fumbled Tumble

The Tort Immunity Act is a useful tool for all public entities. Plaintiff attorneys who do not understand its impact often fail to understand that mere negligence is insufficient under the Act. Willful and wanton conduct is the standard for liability in… Continue Reading →

Illinois Revives “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” With Its Equal Pay Act Amendment

The Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (EPA) already prohibits employers from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work. (820 ILCS 112/1 et seq.) It also prohibits employers from paying African American… Continue Reading →

The Future Is Now: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Be Used During Job Interviews

In a surprisingly cutting-edge move, the State of Illinois has enacted the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act.  Public Act 101-260 becomes effective January 1, 2020. An employer seeking to record video interviews and use artificial intelligence to analyze job applicant… Continue Reading →

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