Friday, January 29, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
- Thursday, February 4th, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. - Julie Tappendorf will be participating on the "E-Hostility" panel.
- Friday, February 5th, at 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Darcy Proctor and Bob McCabe will be presenting the "Employment and Labor Law Hot Topics" session.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Monday, January 18, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Friday, January 15, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
As a side note, prior to the court invalidating the recall ordinance, four referenda petitions were filed based on the recall ordinance. Those petitions were challenged, and an electoral board was convened to rule on the validity of the petitions. All four referenda petitions were found to be 300 to 500 signatures under the required minimum, and the electoral board upheld all four objections, striking the four petitions.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
5 Developments to Watch in 2016
As we ring in the new year, here are five issues that employers will want to pay attention to in 2016:
1. Transgender employees. Protections for transgender employees will continue to be a hot issue in 2016. Expect the EEOC to continue aggressively pursuing employers who are accused of discrimination against transgender employees. Employers need to implement policies and train staff on this issue ASAP.
2. Obamacare. Expect more changes to Obamacare in 2016. The end of 2015 saw the postponement of the "Cadillac Taxs" for two years, possibly signaling its demise. The 2016 elections will surely usher in other changes to the law.
3. Overtime regulations. New rules regarding employee overtime pay will take effect this summer. Additional rules may be implemented by the Department of Labor in 2016 regarding who is qualified for overtime pay.
4. Minimum Wage. 2016 will continue to see calls to increase the minimum wage. It is possible that a new state law increasing the minimum wage will be passed. Additionally, some municipalities and counties may also pass ordinances increasing the minimum wage.
5. Paid Sick Leave. Paid sick and maternity/paternity leave has become a hot political issue. Last year, President Obama granted federal workers 6 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave. Expect lawmakers to call for legislation providing paid sick leave and maternity/paternity leave for all employees. Also expect unions to increase their demands for this in bargaining.
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Post originally authored by Margaret Kostopulos, Ancel Glink, for The Workplace Report
Friday, January 8, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 07, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
- Enact a four year moratorium on creating new local governments, unless the new government is a result of consolidating two or more existing local governments.
- Empower voters to consolidate or dissolve local governments via referendum.
- Expand DuPage County’s pilot consolidation program to all 102 counties. This allows counties to dissolve or consolidate government units whose boards are appointed by the county.
- Allow all coterminous townships to consolidate with coterminous municipalities via referendum.
- Remove the limitation capping township size to 126 square miles. This would allow townships to consolidate with one another.
- Allow counties to retain their existing form of government following a successful referendum to dissolve townships into the county.
- Hold taxpayers harmless from township consolidation.
- Allow counties with fewer than 15,000 parcels and $1 billion in equalized assessed valuation to dissolve all of the elected township assessors and multi-township assessment districts into one, newly elected county assessor position and office – by majority vote of the county board or via citizen-led referendum.
- Protect the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act.
- Provide the Illinois State Board of Education flexibility to incentivize outcomes of school district consolidation.
- Encourage state agencies to facilitate regional sharing of public equipment, facilities, training, resources and administrative functions.
- Allow merger of general township road and bridge districts that maintain less than 25 miles of road.
- Modernize newspaper public notice mandates.
- Repeal or reform prevailing wage.
- Provide third-party contracting mandate relief for school districts.
- Implement physical education mandate relief for school districts.
- Provide driver education mandate relief for school districts.
- Make collective bargaining permissive, instead of mandatory.
- Eliminate minimum manning from collective bargaining.
- Use the federal definition for “catastrophic injury” under the Public Employee Safety Benefits Act.
- Allow arbitrators to use existing financial parameters of local government as a primary consideration during interest arbitration.
- Require an annual state review of unfunded mandates on local government.
- Merge downstate and suburban public safety pension funds into a single pension investment authority, as amended.
- Pass a constitutional amendment on unfunded state mandates.
- Request the Governor to use his amendatory veto power to insert “if economically feasible” language into any language authorizing new unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts.
- Create an “economic feasibility exemption” for units of local government, school districts, community colleges and institutions of higher learning.
- Give control of employee retirement benefits packages back to local governments for new employees.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, January 04, 2016 Julie Tappendorf
10. Social Media Records Retention Guidance for Local Governments
9. Medical Marijuana Licenses Issued
8. Supreme Court's Case May Require Sign Code Amendments
7. FOIA Amended to Address Severance Agreements
6. Home Addresses of Public Officials Exempt from FOIA
5. Government Emails on Private Devices/Accounts
4. Supreme Court Addresses Knock and Talk Exception to 4th Amendment
3. Q&A About New Email Posting Requirement
2. Zoo Worker Fired for Social Media Post About Member of the Public
And the most popular post of 2015:
1. No Joke - April 1st Deadline to Post Elected Officials Emails on Website