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Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Regulations: What Illinois Schools Need to Know

Posted On May 11, 2020

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) released the final Title IX regulations (“Final Rule”).  The implementation date for the Final Rule is August 14, 2020.  While discussion about the Title IX regulations has largely centered on colleges and universities, the changes will also impact how K-12 districts in Illinois should respond
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Updated Illinois Stay at Home Order – What This Means for Illinois Schools

Posted On May 1, 2020

by Elizabeth Kelly On April 30, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-32, which formally extended Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order through May 30, 2020. Additionally, he issued Executive Order 2020-33, which extended previous executive order directives, such as the relaxation of the Open Meetings Act in-person attendance rules, teacher licensure renewal timelines, and the suspension of
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Department of Labor Issues Updated Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted On March 27, 2020

On March 24 and 26, 2020, the Department of Labor issued updated guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Specifically, the guidance addresses how employers should handle employee leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLA”).  The updated guidance addresses the following
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Illinois Schools: Illinois Open Meetings Act Temporary Guidance

Posted On March 23, 2020

Executive Order 2020-07, issued on March 16, 2020, suspended key elements of the OMA regarding board member attendance and participation at public meetings. Normally, the Open Meetings Act requires that a majority of a quorum be physically present at all meetings. Additionally, it places strict conditions on when a board member may participate in a
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Update for Private Employers Regarding Expanded FMLA Provisions and Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Posted On March 20, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  This law expands rights to Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave and provides paid leave for employees impacted by COVID-19.  These provisions go into effect on April 1, 2020 and will sunset on December 31, 2020. The provisions discussed
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Update for Public Education Employers Regarding Family and Paid Leave Requirements

Posted On March 20, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  This law, among other provisions, expands rights to Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave and provides for paid leave for employees impacted by COVID-19.  This update provides guidance about provisions specific to public education employers.  The provisions discussed in
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Coronavirus Pandemic Planning in Missouri – Holding Legally Compliant Board Meetings

Posted On March 18, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions Coronavirus Pandemic Planning: Holding Legally Compliant Board Meetings During this Time of Uncertainty Below, we are listing answers or guidance we are providing in response to questions we have received relating to holding board meetings during this time of uncertainty. As time progresses, we will continue to provide updates or amended guidance,
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