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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Public Bodies Not Required to Create New Records to Respond to FOIA Request

The Second District Appellate Court recently addressed the question of when an electronic record is a public record subject to FOIA and when a public agency is required to release information from an electronic database. In…more

Colleges, Databases, Educational Institutions, Electronic Records, FOIA

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New Illinois Law Provides Bereavement Leave

The Child Bereavement Leave Act (“the Act”) became effective July 29, 2016, and it provides up to two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid leave to employees in the event of the death of an employee’s child. The Act applies to…more

Adverse Employment Action, Bereavement Leave, DOL, FMLA, Unpaid Leave

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Illinois Appellate Court finds FOIA does not apply to the IHSA and School District cannot be used to obtain non-public records from a third party

Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) issued its decision in Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association and Consolidated High School District 230 affirming the lower court’s dismissal of…more

501(c)(3), Charitable Organizations, Educational Institutions, FOIA, IHSA

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Non-Compete Agreements may be Transferred and Enforced by the Successor Employer Following an Asset Purchase Sale

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that non-compete agreements may be transferred to a successor employer through an asset sale and enforced by that successor employer against the employees who previously signed…more

Acquisition Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements, Corporate Counsel, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Services

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Local Government Travel and Entertainment Expenses Come Under Greater Scrutiny with New Law

Over the past few years there has been no shortage of FOIA requests and media attention on how school districts and other units of local government spend or reimburse spending on conferences, dining, and travel. Last week…more

Filing Requirements, FOIA, Meal and Entertainment Expenditures, New Legislation, Public Agencies

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New Illinois Law Provides Bereavement Leave

The Child Bereavement Leave Act (“the Act”) became effective July 29, 2016, and it provides up to two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid leave to employees in the event of the death of an employee’s child. The Act applies to…more

Adverse Employment Action, Bereavement Leave, DOL, FMLA, Unpaid Leave

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DOE Dear Colleague Letter Advises Districts To Consider Whether IEPs of Students Experiencing Short-Term Disciplinary Removals Contain Adequate Behavioral Supports

On August 1, 2016, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Office of Special Education Programs issued a Dear Colleague Letter suggesting that, in many cases, a…more

Dear Colleague Letter, Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), IDEA, IEP, Public Schools

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ADA Suit Not Precluded By State Agency Decision

A district court improperly granted summary judgment to an employer defending against a claim of disability discrimination where the district court relied too heavily on the state agency’s finding that an employee failed to…more

Appeals, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Physical Work Test

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Public Employer May Not Retaliate Against Employee Based on Perception that He Engaged in Political Activity

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employee could sue his employer for retaliation where the employer demoted him for engaging in constitutionally-protected political activity, even though the employer was…more

Demotions, First Amendment, Free Speech, Heffernan v City of Paterson, Political Expression

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Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall substantial…more

Comment Period, DHS, DOL, Filing Fees, Form I-130

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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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Department of Education Issues Guidance Regarding Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD

The Department of Education recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter explaining the obligations of school districts to students with ADHD under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The guidance notes that over the last five…more

Dear Colleague Letter, Department of Education, Disability, Discrimination, Educational Institutions

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The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and Universities

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at private…more

Bargaining Units, Brown University, Colleges, Educational Institutions, NLRA

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Public Bodies Not Required to Create New Records to Respond to FOIA Request

The Second District Appellate Court recently addressed the question of when an electronic record is a public record subject to FOIA and when a public agency is required to release information from an electronic database. In…more

Colleges, Databases, Educational Institutions, Electronic Records, FOIA

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Multiple Universities Sued Over 403(b) Retirement Plan Investment Fees

In the last several days, a number of large private universities have been sued regarding the investment fees in their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits claim that these universities breached their fiduciary duties under…more

403(b) Plans, Breach of Duty, Class Action, Colleges, Educational Institutions

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The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and Universities

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at private…more

Bargaining Units, Brown University, Colleges, Educational Institutions, NLRA

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Illinois Supreme Court Issue Long-Awaited Decision on Vesting of Retiree Health Care Benefits in Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority

On May 5th, nearly a full year after it heard oral arguments in the case, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., addressing the interplay between a public sector…more

Collective Bargaining, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, IL Supreme Court

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Students Have One Year After Reaching the Age of Eighteen to File Personal Injury Lawsuit Against School

The Illinois Appellate Court (Second District) recently determined that a student who was injured while at school as a minor could not pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the school district because she did not file the…more

Educational Institutions, Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, School Districts, Statute of Limitations, Students

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Health Plan Opt-Out Payments

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has issued proposed regulations that include additional guidance on the treatment of employer-provided opt-out payments for purposes of affordability under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). An…more

Affordable Care Act, Comment Period, Employee Benefits, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance

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Criminal Histories Are No Longer an Automatic Bar to Employment in Illinois Schools

Effective July 29, 2016, HB 4360 revised Illinois law to eliminate what was otherwise considered a lifetime ban on employment for those individuals seeking work in schools who had been convicted of certain non-violent drug…more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Educational Institutions, Employment Application, Employment Discrimination

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Coaches and Athletic Trainers Under the New FLSA Rules

As schools seek to adjust to the new Department of Labor overtime exemption rules and increased salary standards, nearly every institution has classification and overtime-calculation questions about athletic coaches and athletic…more

Coaches, DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA

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NLRB Poised to Reconsider Brown After Granting Review of UAW’s Petition to Organize Graduate Students at The New School

In what some are characterizing as a final effort to shape the landscape of unionization at private colleges and universities during the Obama administration, the NLRB granted the United Auto Workers’ request to review an NLRB’s…more

Brown University, Colleges, Educational Institutions, NLRA, NLRB

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Federal Appeals Court Decries State of Federal Civil Rights Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit re-affirmed prior court holdings that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, but in so doing…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Civil Rights Act, Corporate Counsel, Discrimination, Employment Policies

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2015 Cook County Assessments Show First Upturn in Seven Years

For the first time in seven years, the trend line for assessed value in Cook County is pointing up. Beginning with the 2008 assessment year when we began tracking this data, assessed values have steadily, sometimes…more

Fair Market Value, Property Valuation, Real Estate Market, Tax Assessment

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EEOC Releases Draft Guidance Regarding National Origin Discrimination

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a draft of its new proposed enforcement guidance regarding national origin discrimination under Title VII – the first guidance it has issued on this…more

Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Human Trafficking

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Why Should Employers Take Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Seriously? Here Are More Than 500,000 Reasons Why.

Doris worked for the Chipotle restaurant chain. And she was pregnant. After she announced her pregnancy to her supervisor, Doris claimed her boss began monitoring her bathroom breaks (then berated her for taking too long),…more

Attorney's Fees, Chipotle Grill, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA

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Have you updated your FLSA and EPPA posters?

Regular readers may have noticed that this blog took a bit of a hiatus over the summer while the authors spent some time away from work, and then working to catch up from the time away. Now that summer is winding down, the kids…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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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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Taxpayer Suit Establishes that School Board Policies Have the Force of Law

On July 20, 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the decision of the circuit court in Veazey v. Rich Township High School District 227, et al. and sent the case back to the circuit court with instruction that Mr. Veazey,…more

Appeals, Article III, Back Pay, Board of Education, Educational Institutions

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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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The Supreme Court Shoots Down DOL Regulations, But Declines To Rule Whether Service Advisors are Exempt From Overtime Pay Requirements

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro case, that many hoped would resolve the issue as to whether Service Advisors at auto dealerships are exempt from…more

Car Dealerships, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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Multiple Universities Sued Over 403(b) Retirement Plan Investment Fees

In the last several days, a number of large private universities have been sued regarding the investment fees in their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits claim that these universities breached their fiduciary duties under…more

403(b) Plans, Breach of Duty, Class Action, Colleges, Educational Institutions

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Attorney General Madigan Sues Jimmy John’s over Non-Compete Agreements

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against fast-food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois claiming that Jimmy John’s and its franchises unlawfully…more

At-Will Employment, Fast-Food Industry, Franchises, Jimmy John's, Non-Compete Agreements

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IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-37, which sets forth in detail the significant changes to the IRS’s determination letter program for qualified retirement plans, which we have written about in…more

Determination Letter, Employee Benefits, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Qualified Retirement Plans

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Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall substantial…more

Comment Period, DHS, DOL, Filing Fees, Form I-130

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Federal Appeals Court Decries State of Federal Civil Rights Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit re-affirmed prior court holdings that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, but in so doing…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Civil Rights Act, Corporate Counsel, Discrimination, Employment Policies

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The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and Universities

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at private…more

Bargaining Units, Brown University, Colleges, Educational Institutions, NLRA

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American College Health Association Releases Guidelines to Address Campus Sexual and Relationship Violence

Last week, the American College Health Association (ACHA) released guidelines for addressing sexual and relationship violence on college and university campuses. According to the ACHA, the purpose of the guidelines is to promote…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Educational Institutions

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Recent DOJ Settlement Agreement Offers Valuable Guidance Regarding Mandatory Medical Leaves of Absence

A recent settlement agreement entered into between the Educational Opportunities Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, and the University of Tennessee provides some useful insight into what…more

ADA, Department of Education, Disability Discrimination, DOJ, Educational Institutions

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Attorney General Madigan Sues Jimmy John’s over Non-Compete Agreements

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against fast-food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois claiming that Jimmy John’s and its franchises unlawfully…more

At-Will Employment, Fast-Food Industry, Franchises, Jimmy John's, Non-Compete Agreements

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Before You Upload That Student Photo, Ask: What Would FERPA (Have Me) Do?

It’s Springtime in Chicago again, which means you can count on two things–complaints about the lingering cold weather and the Annual Illinois ASBO Conference, which is going on now in Schaumburg, Illinois. I was lucky enough to…more

Educational Institutions, FERPA, Online Safety for Children, Photographs, Privacy Concerns

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U.S. Department of Education Issues More Guidance on ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) recently issued a second Dear Colleague Letter interpreting the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (“ESEA”) and…more

Dear Colleague Letter, Department of Education, ESEA, IDEA, No Child Left Behind

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First Federal Appeals Court Rules that Title IX Applies in Transgender Bathroom Case

Yesterday, in a landmark ruling, a federal appellate court decided that under Title IX a transgender student can challenge a school board policy that limits bathroom and locker room access based on biological sex. The United…more

Educational Institutions, OCR, Right of Access, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Students

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Department of Education Issues Guidance Regarding Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD

The Department of Education recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter explaining the obligations of school districts to students with ADHD under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The guidance notes that over the last five…more

Dear Colleague Letter, Department of Education, Disability, Discrimination, Educational Institutions

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