D. Shane Jones Speaks to Illinois Association of School Board Divisions Regarding Reductions in Force (RIF’s)

Feb 23, 2010

Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt P.C. is proud of its commitment to advising and educating school administrators on the complex and ever-changing legal issues facing public schools. One area of particular importance in today’s economic climate is reductions in force.   Firm shareholder, D. Shane Jones, was recently invited to present on this timely and important subject at the Spring meetings of three divisions of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB).

Shane’s presentations were on February 23rd, 2010 in Carterville, Illinois with the Shawnee Division of IASB.   He also met on March 2, 2010 with the the Wabash Valley Division of the IASB in Louisville, Illinois.   Finally, on March 4, 2010 he met with the Egyptian Division of the IASB in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.   Specifically, Shane provided information addressing the requirements of Statutory and Procedural Compliance in regards to Reductions in Force under the Illinois School Code, along with a number of practical tips and advice for sucessfully conducting a Reduction in Force.

Shane Jones is one of the firm’s most popular and sought-after speakers for his presentations on labor and employment issues for public schools. He practices in the areas of labor and employment law, education law, and litigation in both Missouri and Illinois. He routinely advises and represents employers in wage and hour matters, in the design and review of employee handbooks, and disciplining and terminating employees. Shane has also successfully defended employers against discrimination claims, First Amendment claims, Due Process claims, and other constitutional issues, in both state and federal courts.

Shane also practices in the area of collective bargaining and labor relations. He is experienced in crafting proposals and counter-proposals, and in effectively presenting the employer’s position at the collective bargaining table. He has directly negotiated, or participated significantly behind the scenes, in the negotiation of more than fifty collective bargaining agreements under the National Labor Relations Act, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, and in the “meet and confer” process under the Missouri Public Sector Labor Law.

Shane is a Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Labor & Employment Law Committee, an author of the “Prevailing Wage” chapter in the most recent Missouri Employee-Employer Law Desk Book, and a co-author of the “Employment Law” chapter in the most recent Missouri Bar School Law Desk Book as well as its most recent supplement. Shane has been a Tueth Keeney shareholder since January, 2003.

Tueth Keeney is proud to be one of the state’s largest Illinois education law practices. The firm has one of the most experienced groups of attorneys in Central and Southern Illinois dedicated to serving public schools. We regularly represent nearly 150 public school districts, including many districts in Central and Southern Illinois. Our Firm is also regularly appointed by insurers of educational institutions to represent districts in complex or difficult cases involving school or civil rights laws.