Franczek Radelet P.C.

Franczek Radelet Works with ISBE to Clarify School Code

Over the past several months, our firm has received many calls from concerned school district clients regarding a particular provision of the Illinois School Code. Franczek Radelet utilized its relationship with stakeholders at…more

Colleges, Educational Institutions, Employer Mandates, Hiring & Firing, ISBE

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Supreme Court Clarifies Title VII’s Definition Of “Supervisor” For Harassment Claims

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court decided Vance v. Ball State University, ruling that only those employees who have the authority to take “tangible employment actions” qualify as supervisors for purposes of…more

Harassment, SCOTUS, Supervisors, Title VII, Vance v. Ball State University

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Appellate Court Confirms that Convicted Felon Cannot Run for School Board Seat

On May 13, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court’s First District held that the former Board President of an Illinois high school district’s Board of Education was ineligible to fill a vacancy on the board following his previous…more

Appeals, Board of Education, Criminal Records, Public School Boards

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Circuit Court Finds Stay Put Does Not Apply to Unilateral Placement

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that during the pendency of a dispute, a student must remain in his/her “then-current educational placement”; this is known as stay put. The IDEA does not, however,…more

Board of Education, IDEA, Private Schools, Public Schools, Students

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Governor Signs Bill Calling for Greater Protections for Pregnant Employees

House Bill 8, now Public Act 098-1050, was recently signed by Governor Pat Quinn. As we reported in June of this year, the resulting amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act expand upon the anti-discrimination protections…more

Discrimination, Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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April 1 Deadline for Posting School Board Member E-Mail Addresses Online Approaches

As we reported in our 2014 Legislative Update, a recent law requires every school district that maintains a traditional website to post on that website a mechanism for members of the public to electronically communicate with…more

Deadlines, Electronic Communications, Email, Public School Boards, Public Schools

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Employer Pay Practices Viewed as Potentially Discriminatory

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected an employer’s argument under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) that a pay differential was justified because a female employee and her male counterparts do not have the same jobs. Riser…more

Appeals, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay Act, Wages

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Cook County Tax Rates Released

Yesterday the Cook County Clerk’s Office released the tax rates that will be used for the 2014 tax bills. Again this year, Cook County tax bills will go out on time. Tax bills are expected to be issued on July 1 with a due…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Tax Rates

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Supreme Court Ruling Avoids Major Complications for Mandatory Reporters

Last week, the United States Supreme Court overturned a controversial decision by the Ohio Supreme Court holding that statements given by a preschool student to his teacher were tantamount to statements to police, and so could…more

Child Abuse, Criminal Prosecution, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Mandatory Reporting Laws, Miranda Warnings

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Two Recent Decisions Provide Guidance on How School Districts Should Respond to Allegations of Sexual Assault

Two recent decisions from our neighbors in Indiana and Michigan provide guidance on what courts may expect from school districts responding to allegations of sexual assault. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of…more

DOE, OCR, Public Schools, School Districts, Sexual Assault

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Senate Votes to Block the NLRB’s “Ambush Elections” Final Rule

On March 4, 2015, by a vote of 53-46 the Senate passed joint resolution S.J. Res. 8 to halt the implementation of the NLRB’s Final Rule, adopted December 2014, regarding representation elections. Colloquially called the “Ambush…more

Ambush Election Rules, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Final Rules, NLRB, Unions

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General Assembly Bans Strikes by State Workers, Expands Right to Interest Arbitration

Earlier this month, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that drastically changes the collective bargaining landscape for State of Illinois employees. Senate Bill 1229 requires the use of interest arbitration…more

Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, Employee Rights, General Assembly, Lockouts

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IIllinois Legislature Grants Recall Rights to “Grouping 2” Teachers with One Needs Improvement Evaluation Rating

On June 13, 2014, the Governor signed House Bill 5546 expanding the recall provisions of Senate Bill 7. The new legislation is effective July 1, 2014 and extends limited recall rights to honorably dismissed (“RIFed”) teachers in…more

Education Reform, Hiring & Firing, New Legislation, Performance Reviews, Teachers

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Time for a Change? NLRB to Review Multi-Employer Bargaining Unit Rules

Employers routinely supplement their regular workforces with temporary employees supplied by another employer, typically a staffing agency. Under current National Labor Relations Board law, a union can organize a bargaining unit…more

Corporate Counsel, Employee Rights, Multi-Employer Bargaining, NLRB, Unions

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NLRB Punishes Employer for Past Unlawful Handbook Policies Despite Employer’s Attempt to Repudiate

In Boch Imports, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that the employer, a car dealership, violated the National Labor Relations Act because the dealership’s social media and dress code policies were overbroad…more

Corporate Counsel, Dress Codes, Employee Handbooks, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity

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NYU Agrees To Recognize Graduate Student Organizing Rights

As we reported last year, the fight over graduate student organizing rights has taken yet another tumultuous turn at the National Labor Relations Board. The Board has changed its position twice in recent years on the issue of…more

NLRA, Students, Unions, Universities

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Cook County Tax Rates Released

Yesterday the Cook County Clerk’s Office released the tax rates that will be used for the 2014 tax bills. Again this year, Cook County tax bills will go out on time. Tax bills are expected to be issued on July 1 with a due…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Tax Rates

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Summer Storms and the FLSA: Paying Employees When Inclement Weather Shuts You Down

As we head into the waning days of June, strong storms and persistent flooding have been all over the news lately. Near me, storms earlier this week demolished homes and businesses, dropped a communications tower on a fire…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Non-Exempt Employees, Severe Weather

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Monthly Benefits Alert - March 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Modifies its Voluntary Retirement Plan Correction Procedures (EPCRS) - Under the IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), retirement plan sponsors may voluntarily request…more

Affordable Care Act, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Defined Benefit Plans, EEOC, EPCRS

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NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules Survive Court Challenge

On Monday, a federal court in Texas rejected a challenge to the NLRB’s final rules regarding representation elections, finding the rules do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) or the Administrative Procedures Act…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Ambush Election Rules, Corporate Counsel, Employer Mandates, Final Rules

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules Pension Reform Unconstitutional

On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that pension reform legislation passed in 2013, commonly referred to as Senate Bill 1, violates the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution. The Court upheld a previous…more

COLA, General Assembly, Pension Reform, Pensions, Popular

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Two Recent Decisions Provide Guidance on How School Districts Should Respond to Allegations of Sexual Assault

Two recent decisions from our neighbors in Indiana and Michigan provide guidance on what courts may expect from school districts responding to allegations of sexual assault. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of…more

DOE, OCR, Public Schools, School Districts, Sexual Assault

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Today, in King v. Burwell, the United States Supreme Court held that subsidies for coverage under all marketplace health exchanges pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) remain available. …more

Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Measles Outbreak in Illinois

The current measles cluster in the Chicago area has school districts on heightened alert. Following is a short summary of preventative steps and guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This alert is intended…more

Department of Health, Healthcare, Public Schools, School Districts

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DHS Adopts Regulations Giving Universities and Foreign Students Greater Flexibility

Effective May 29, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security will amend its regulations under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The change will (1) eliminate existing limits on the maximum number of designated…more

DHS, Educational Institutions, F-1, IAEA, ICE

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Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform Bill

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly adopted the Conference Committee Report to Senate Bill 1 on December 3, 2013. The bill provides comprehensive pension reform for four state retirement systems – the Teachers’…more

Employee Benefits, Pensions, Retirement Plan

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Supreme Court Holds that EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Judicial Review

Wednesday, the Supreme Court held that courts have the authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has fulfilled its statutory duty to attempt to conciliate charges of discrimination prior to…more

Conciliation, EEOC, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC, SCOTUS

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“Sugar Bear” Unleashed: Employee with Emotional Disabilities May Be Entitled to Bring Comfort Animal to Work

A federal district court in Hawaii has ruled that the branch manager of a rental car company may have been discriminated against on the basis of his depression and adjustment disorder disabilities when he was terminated for an…more

Assistive Animals, Corporate Counsel, Disability, Reasonable Accommodation

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Continued Employment Is Not Sufficient Consideration For Restrictive Covenants Unless The Employee Remains Employed For At Least Two Years

In Illinois, it has long been recognized that a restrictive covenant in employment is enforceable so long as the employee engages in "substantial continued employment" after the employee signs the agreement…more

Continued Employment Doctrine, Discrimination, Employment Contract, Restrictive Covenants

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Cook County Tax Rates Released

Yesterday the Cook County Clerk’s Office released the tax rates that will be used for the 2014 tax bills. Again this year, Cook County tax bills will go out on time. Tax bills are expected to be issued on July 1 with a due…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Tax Rates

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Reminder: Amendments to Illinois Employment Laws Effective 2015

In recent months, we have reported on some significant amendments to Illinois employment laws on the horizon for 2015. Now that 2015—and these new requirements—are in full swing, we thought a brief recap and reminder of two key…more

Amended Legislation, Discrimination, Payroll Cards, Pregnancy Discrimination, Wages

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Now That Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right, How Do Employers Administer FMLA Leave?

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor issued a final rule allowing an otherwise eligible employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognized their…more

DOL, Employee Rights, FMLA, Fourteenth Amendment, Obergefell v. Hodges

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Employee Defamation Claims: Why The Truth May Not Set You Free

A recent article posted by the ABA Journal highlighted the increased prominence of defamation claims in lawsuits brought by employees against their current or former employers. (“Fired workers increasingly add defamation claims…more

Corporate Counsel, Defamation, Electronic Communications, Employment Policies, False Statements

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Swimming Pool Violations Resulting In Big Fines For Hotels

The Illinois Swimming Facility Code and accompanying regulations contain requirements on virtually every aspect of swimming pool operation and maintenance. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) enforces these…more

Hotels, Penalties, Swimming Pools

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A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term

The United States Supreme Court concluded its 2013-2014 term by issuing decisions in several highly publicized employment and employee benefits cases during the Court’s final scheduled sessions, including Noel Canning, Harris,…more

Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Canning v NLRB, Collective Bargaining

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Supreme Court Reverses the Sixth Circuit’s Yard-Man Presumption

For the past quarter century, because of conflicting legal authority, employers who offer health care to their retirees, particularly in a unionized setting, have struggled to determine whether they can alter those benefits. In…more

CBAs, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance, M&G Polymers v Tackett

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Illinois “Bans the Box” with New Legislation

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (the “Act”), which limits private sector employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal history of job…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Today, in King v. Burwell, the United States Supreme Court held that subsidies for coverage under all marketplace health exchanges pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) remain available. …more

Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Continuing to Withstand Attack: Indiana Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Indiana’s Right to Work Law

Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Indiana Right to Work Law, rejecting a union’s claim that the state statute violates the Indiana Constitution. The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision comes roughly two…more

Hiring & Firing, Right to Work, Unions

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Class Action Suit Alleges Dave & Buster’s Cut Employee Work Hours to Skirt ACA Obligation to Offer Health Coverage

In the first lawsuit of its kind, a purported class of approximately 10,000 workers at Dave & Buster’s, the restaurant chain, filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York (Marin v. Dave & Buster’s, Inc., S.D.N.Y., No…more

Affordable Care Act, Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates

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Dealing with Rejection: Options for Applicants Not Selected in the FY2016 H-1B Lottery

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s announcement last month that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016 beginning October 1, 2015—a record total, and a 35% increase over last year—to…more

Corporate Counsel, DIversity Lottery, Employment Authorization Document, F-1, Foreign Affiliates

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Monthly Benefits Update - September 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: FAQ Part XVI Addresses Insurance Exchange Notice and 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement. The Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human…more

Affordable Care Act, Business Associates, DOL, DOMA, ERISA

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Governor Quinn Signs New Eavesdropping Law

As one of his last official actions in 2014, outgoing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1342, which amends the Illinois eavesdropping law that the Illinois Supreme Court found unconstitutional early in 2014. After…more

Amended Legislation, Audio Recording, Eavesdropping, Educational Institutions, Employer Liability Issues

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NLRB Continues to Expand Employee Protections Under Federal Labor Law

In Sabo, Inc. the National Labor Relations Board (Board) found that the employer, a vending machine company, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired an employee who had expressed concerns about job…more

Employee Rights, NLRA, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Wage and Hour

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NRLB Significantly Alters Framework for Analyzing Jurisdiction over Private College and University Faculty

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in Pacific Lutheran University and Services Employees International Union (Pacific Lutheran). In a ruling that could expand union formation among faculty at…more

Employer Liability Issues, Faculty, Jurisdiction, NLRA, NLRB

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Supreme Court Holds that EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Judicial Review

Wednesday, the Supreme Court held that courts have the authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has fulfilled its statutory duty to attempt to conciliate charges of discrimination prior to…more

Conciliation, EEOC, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC, SCOTUS

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Persistence Pays Off: Federal Appeals Court Rejects NLRB’s Bid for Enforcement of Employer Bargaining Order

Last week, in Ozark Auto. Distribs., Inc. v. NLRB, the D.C. Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to enforce a bargaining order against an employer who had refused to bargain with a newly certified union…more

Appeals, Auto Parts, Automotive Industry, Collective Bargaining, NLRB

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Supreme Court Ruling Avoids Major Complications for Mandatory Reporters

Last week, the United States Supreme Court overturned a controversial decision by the Ohio Supreme Court holding that statements given by a preschool student to his teacher were tantamount to statements to police, and so could…more

Child Abuse, Criminal Prosecution, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Mandatory Reporting Laws, Miranda Warnings

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White House Task Force Publishes Sample Law Enforcement MOU for Sexual Assault Cases

On January 26, 2015, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force) published new guidance on building partnerships between law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher education. Included…more

Colleges, Educational Institutions, FERPA, Law Enforcement, Memorandum of Understanding

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Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Allowing International High School Student to Play Sports

Recently, in Makindu v. Illinois High School Student Association, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a trial court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of an international high school student’s…more

Appeals, Educational Institutions, F-1, IHSA, Immigration

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Governor Quinn Signs New Eavesdropping Law

As one of his last official actions in 2014, outgoing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1342, which amends the Illinois eavesdropping law that the Illinois Supreme Court found unconstitutional early in 2014. After…more

Amended Legislation, Audio Recording, Eavesdropping, Educational Institutions, Employer Liability Issues

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Court Dismisses EEOC’s Controversial Severance Agreement Lawsuit

As we reported in February 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued CVS Pharmacy in federal court in Chicago on a novel theory that the company’s standard separation agreement unlawfully deterred departing…more

Corporate Counsel, CVS, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Severance Agreements

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ISBE Releases New Guidance on Medication Administration in Schools

In April, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) amended its 2010 guidance on self-administration of medication. Specifically, the new guidance document focuses on recent updates to Section 22-30 of the School Code (105…more

Board of Education, Education Code, Prescription Drugs, Public Schools, Students

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DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked…more

Citizenship, Citizenship Status Discrimination, Department of Education, DOJ, Final Guidance

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Employee’s Threatening Behavior May Justify Mandatory Medical Examination

When is it appropriate to require an employee to complete a medical examination? This question presents a common challenge for employers…more

ADA, Coca Cola, Employee Rights, Fitness for Duty Exams, Medical Examinations

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Finds NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

As we reported to you in March 2013, in Noel Canning v. NLRB, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that President Barack Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, NLRB, Recess Appointments, SCOTUS

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