Illinois Department of Labor launches free COVID-safety consulting program for small businesses

The Illinois Department of Labor announced Tuesday that they are starting a free consulting program to help small businesses reopen under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The service, called Back to Business Illinois, will connect businesses with 250 or fewer employees with consultants in the department’s Workplace Safety and Health Consultation Division, the department said in a statement.

The consultants will “help local small businesses audit their physical operation, identify best practices and find ways to implement them efficiently,” the statement said. They will be paired with businesses “based on their expertise and specific needs to customize the best plan for their business.”

“While this pandemic has affected Illinois’ small businesses in unexpected ways, IDOL remains committed to promoting health and safety during every step of recovery. We are excited to offer this new program in support of our small business owners’ efforts to keep workers and customers safe as these businesses

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National Association of Special Education Teachers Teams Up with Public Consulting Group to Improve IEP Goals and Objectives through EDPlanTM

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As schools grapple with increased federal mandates, reduced budgets, and compounding student needs due to COVID-19, Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) has partnered with the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) to offer an extensive bank of individualized education program (IEP) goals and objectives as a support to special education teachers and service providers across the country.

The announcement follows this summer’s launch of PCG’s most recent version of EDPlan. EDPlan is the most used special education data management and planning software in the United States. The NASET library, coupled with EDPlan’s tools, helps school professionals create compliant IEPs with S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals.

“Given the impact of COVID-19 school closures and shifts in federal IDEA legislation in recent years, districts today face the challenge of more clearly demonstrating that

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