David Johnson

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Illinois Supreme Court Issue Long-Awaited Decision on Vesting of Retiree Health Care Benefits in Matthews v. Chicago Transit...

On May 5th, nearly a full year after it heard oral arguments in the case, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., addressing the interplay between a public sector...more

5/16/2016 - Collective Bargaining Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Employee Benefits Health Insurance IL Supreme Court Pension Protection Clause Popular Public Sector Unions Putative Class Actions Retirement Plan

EEOC: Denial of Transgender Employees' Access to a Common Restroom Violates Title VII

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a "Fact Sheet” setting forth its position that denying an employee equal access to a common (i.e., multi-user) restroom corresponding to the employee's...more

5/9/2016 - Civil Rights Act EEOC Employee Restrooms Employer Liability Issues Gender Identity Human Rights Act LGBT Sexual Orientation Discrimination Title VII Transgender

Supreme Court Upholds The Constitutionality of Public Sector Union “Fair Share Fees”

As we previously reported, in July 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal of a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the legality of “fair share” fees for public...more

3/31/2016 - Fair Share Law Friedrichs v CA Teachers Association Opt-Outs Public Employees SCOTUS Union Dues Unions

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down City of Chicago Pension Reform Legislation

Late last week, in Jones et al v. Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago et al (“Jones”), the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Public Act 98-641, which aimed to shore up two ailing Chicago pension funds. ...more

3/29/2016 - Employee Benefits Employee Contributions IL Supreme Court Municipal Employees Pension Reform Pensions Popular Retirement Unions

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Pension Reform Unconstitutional

On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that pension reform legislation passed in 2013, commonly referred to as Senate Bill 1, violates the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution. The Court upheld a...more

5/12/2015 - COLA General Assembly Pension Reform Pensions Popular Public Employees Retirement Plan SCOTUS SEC

Back To Basics: A Divided Seventh Circuit Upholds Indiana’s “Right To Work” Law

In 2012, Indiana enacted the “Indiana Right to Work Act”, prohibiting unions from requiring an individual, as a condition of employment, to 1) become or remain a member of a labor organization; 2) pay dues, fees, assessments,...more

9/17/2014 - Employee Rights Right to Work Unions

Supreme Court Issues Decision In Harris V.Quinn: Abood Survives, But For How Long?

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its anxiously anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case brought by Illinois home health aides challenging the requirement in a collective bargaining agreement that they...more

7/2/2014 - Collective Bargaining First Amendment Harris v Quinn Home Health Care Medicaid Public Employees Right to Work SCOTUS Union Dues Unions

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Holds That Public Employee’s Truthful Subpoenaed Testimony Was Protected Speech Under the First...

It has long been recognized that public employees are not excluded from First Amendment protection, and for more than 40 years the courts have wrestled with balancing the free speech rights of a public employee against the...more

6/23/2014 - First Amendment Lane v Franks et.al Protected Activity Public Employees SCOTUS Subpoenas Testimony Trials

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Chicago Nonprofit Corporation That Operates Charter School

In a 3-1 decision in Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc. and Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asserted jurisdiction over a...more

1/4/2013 - Charter Schools Jurisdiction NLRA NLRB

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