Department of Education Sides with Transgender Student’s Allegations of Sex-Based Discrimination

On November 2, 2015, the Department of Education (the “DoE”) issued a potentially landmark decision regarding the rights of transgender students.  This decision was issued following months of investigation into allegations that Palatine High School District 211 (the “District”) discriminated against a transgender female (“Student”) on the basis of her sex.  The DoE determined that…

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Contingent Liability and Collectible Insurance

Bartkowiak v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, __ N.E.3d __, 2015 IL App (1st) 133549 (Ill. August 13, 2015) In 2009, a truck delivering road-surfacing materials struck and killed plaintiff’s husband.  The insured was a truck broker that assigned the job to the at fault truck driver.  The insured was named on the truck driver’s automobile liability…

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Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees?

According to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) most recent guidance on the difference between an “employee” and an “independent contractor,” the answer to this question is likely: “Yes.” On July 15, 2015, the DOL issued an Administrator’s Interpretation on the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) standard used to identify employees who are…

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