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Higher Salary Thresholds Coming for FLSA Exemptions

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a new Final Rule updating and revising minimum wage and overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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EEOC Issues Updated Harassment Guidance on LGBTQ+ Workers, Pregnancy Status, Remote Work and More

On Monday, April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its long-awaited updated guidance on workplace harassment. Learn about the key facts and updates here.

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Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – May 2024

Learn more about Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through our spotlight.

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Guy C. Hall Has Been Appointed as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Health Care Section Council

Robbins Schwartz is pleased to announce Guy C. Hall has been appointed to serve as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Health Care Section Council.

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Catherine R. Locallo Named 1st Vice President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers

Catherine R. Locallo has been named 1st Vice President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

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Title IX Amendments Released, Effective August 1, 2024

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued its final Title IX regulations, which will go into effect on August 1, 2024. Read more about their guidance in our recent law alert.

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The Incredible Shrinking Tax Base for 2011 Taxes

Public Act 096-1083 Could Give Rise to Increased Assessment Appeals For school districts and other units of local governments that rely upon property taxes for substantial portions of their funds,…

Appellate Court Ruling a Reminder to Public Officials: Certain Public Offices Are Incompatible and Cannot Be Held Simultaneously

The First District Appellate Court in the case of People ex rel. Anita Alvarez v. Keith Price, __ Ill. App. 3d __, 2011 WL 947130 (1st Dist. 2011), affirmed the holding…

FOIA UPDATE: Binding Opinions and Pre-Approval Letters Issued by the Public Access Counselor

It has been over one (1) year since the amended Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) took effect. While some of the initial questions and concerns about amended FOIA have been…

Robbins Schwartz Welcomes New Partner & Associate

The law firm of Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of a partner and an associate to the firm’s Chicago office. Partner Stephen…

Beware of Property Tax Appeal Letters

In these tough economic times, increasing numbers of residential, commercial and industrial property owners are going to greater lengths in an effort to minimize property tax liability and save money.…

Appellate Court finds Municipalities Must Pay 100% of Insurance Premiums for Injured Public Safety Employees from Date of Injury

In the recent Appellate Court decision of Nowak v. City of Country Club Hills, the First District Appellate Court, which has jurisdiction of Cook County and the Chicago collar counties, determined…

RSNLT Attorneys Speak Out In Support of Wind Energy

Robbins Schwartz attorneys Paul Stephanides and Fred Lane were quoted in two news publications speaking in favor of wind farm development in Bureau Country.

Public Access Counselor Opines on the Release of Settlement Agreements under FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)[1], as amended on January 1, 2010, grants the Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) authority to issue binding opinions which a public body must either comply…

Principal Evaluation Reminder

All principals with single year contracts, and principals who are currently in the final year of a multi-year contract, must be evaluated no later than March 1, 2011. Failure to…

Revised Registration Requirements for Illinois Substitute Teachers

On December 30, 2010, Public Act 96-1489 was signed into law, which amends Section 10-21.9 of the Illinois School Code by revising registration requirements for substitute teachers. The revised registration…