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IPS21 Firefighter Forum

Total Credits: 1.25

2021 Illinois Public Sector Conference
Labor Law |  Labor Relations
Margaret Angelucci |  Benjamin Gehrt |  Karl Ottosen |  Chuck Sullivan
1 Hour 16 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 03, 2021
Product Type:
On Demand - Also available: On Demand  15
Access for 365 day(s) after purchase.


This session will address several current issues, including:

  • COVID-19 Ongoing Implications
  • Vaccination and Testing Requirements
  • Changes in IPLRA’s Definition of “Supervisor” for Firefighters
  • Cannabis and Drug Testing
  • How to Attract More Applicants


Margaret Angelucci's Profile

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Asher Gittler & D'Alba Ltd.

Benjamin Gehrt's Profile

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Clark Baird Smith LLP

Benjamin Gehrt is a partner in the law firm Clark Baird Smith LLP, where he focuses his practice on traditional labor law and employment litigation. He has experience in grievance and interest arbitration cases, contract negotiations, and unfair labor practice charges as well as litigation experience in state and federal trial courts. Mr. Gehrt also represents clients in EEO and wage-hour litigation. He has represented public and private sector clients in contract negotiations and interest arbitration. In those settings, he has helped clients obtain significant cost savings through changes in staffing levels, wage schedules, retiree insurance benefits, sick leave buyback benefits, and work rule changes, among other things. Additionally, Mr. Gehrt has developed a niche practice at Clark Baird Smith LLP, counseling the firm’s clients on a wide variety of wage and hour issues under both state and federal law. In addition to handling the traditional wage payment questions that arise with private sector businesses, Mr. Gehrt is skilled at answering questions that are unique to the public sector, such as questions about compensatory time, 7(k) work periods, pay for canine handlers, and duty shift trades, to name a few. Mr. Gehrt was named to the 2016 Illinois Rising Star list and is the author of numerous books and articles regarding labor and employment law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Karl Ottosen's Profile

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Managing Partner

Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd.

Karl R. Ottosen is Managing Partner and Shareholder of Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd. Hehas over 28 years of experience representing governmental bodies, private corporations, and individuals in a variety of labor and employment law issues. Mr. Ottosen frequently negotiates contracts with unions representing bargaining units in law enforcement, fire protection, education, public works, and other public services, as well as with private sector manufacturing units. Mr. Ottosen is regularly selected to speak at seminars and workshops on labor, employment, and local government law issues. His topics include issues in finance, litigation, anti-discrimination compliance, supervisor training, sexual harassment, violence in the workplace, and other general labor and employment concerns. He received a B.S. from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law.

Chuck Sullivan's Profile

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Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

Chuck Sullivan was appointed as the President of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) in January of 2020 and elected by the membership at their convention in June, 2020. From 2008 until his appointment to President, he served as an AFFI Legislative Representative. During that time, he worked extensively on legislation and rules within Article 4 of the Illinois Pension Statute that affects Downstate and Suburban Firefighters. In addition to those duties, Chuck is also a firefighter in the city of Champaign and holds the rank of Captain. He was hired there in 1995 and held various Executive Board positions within the Champaign Firefighters Local 1260 Union prior to his election in 2008 to the AFFI Executive Board. Chuck has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

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