Illinois Tax Credit Program to Benefit Participating Taxpayers, Schools, and Students

Non-public schools have an opportunity to receive funds through the Illinois “Invest in Kids” Act, effective January 1, 2017. The Act offers an innovative way for qualified Illinois private schools to receive additional funding, for supporters of these schools to claim an income tax credit against their tax liability, and for Illinois students to receive scholarships. How can your non-public school take advantage of this opportunity?

Accommodating Religious Practices at Work: Patterson v. Walgreens

To what extent may an employee’s religious practices be legally protected in the workplace?  When former Walgreens employee Darrell Patterson refused to violate his Saturday Sabbath observance for a mandatory training, Walgreens fired him.  Patterson sued in federal court, lost at the trial and appellate levels, and is now seeking relief from the United States Supreme Court. Within the employment discrimination context, this religious liberty case raises critical legal issues for employers about (a) how much “reasonable accommodation” is required for employees’ religious practices and (b) what amounts an “undue hardship” for employers, in both concrete and theoretical terms.