Debrai Haile

Debrai Haile

Laner Muchin, Ltd.

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Illinois On Verge Of Barring Employers From Soliciting Criminal Background Information On Applications

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stated that he will sign into law legislation passed by the Illinois legislature at the end of May that bars private sector employers from soliciting criminal background information. ...more

7/1/2014 - Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Employment Application Hiring & Firing New Legislation

Appellate Court Emphatically Rejects EEOC's Contention That Employer's Use Of Applicants' Credit Histories During Background Check...

In EEOC v. Kaplan, the EEOC alleged that Kaplan racially discriminated against African-American applicants because its use of credit histories as part of its background check process had a disparate impact on them. Kaplan is...more

4/29/2014 - Background Checks Credit Checks EEOC

Illinois Releases Sample Sign That Private Property Owners May Use To Ban Concealed Weapons On Their Property

As reported previously here, in July, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act was enacted in Illinois authorizing individuals with the right to carry concealed weapons in public provided they obtain a permit from the Illinois...more

10/17/2013 - Concealed Weapons Firearms Posting Requirements

California Raises Minimum Wage Rate To $10 Per Hour. Will Other States Follow?

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour by July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. Once the $10 per hour rate goes into...more


Citing Windsor, Two Courts Extend Spousal Rights To Same-Sex Couples Who Reside In States That Do Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As we previously reported, the decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) left open many questions, including the impact of the decision on states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Recent decisions...more

8/13/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection Preemption Profit Sharing Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Surviving Spouse US v Windsor

Court Rules That Owner Of Business Can Be Held Personally Liable For FLSA Violations Even If He Was Not Involved In Alleged FLSA...

In Irizarry v. Catsimatidis, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the owner of a supermarket chain with over 1700 employees could be held personally liable for his company’s alleged FLSA violations. ...more

7/25/2013 - Business Ownership Employer Liability Issues FLSA Personal Liability

Illinois Passes Law Authorizing Individuals To Carry Concealed Weapons, But Employers May Prohibit Weapons On Premises They Own

On July 9, 2013, the Illinois legislature overrode Governor Pat Quinn's veto and passed Illinois' first law authorizing individuals with the right to carry concealed weapons in public provided they obtained a concealed...more

7/16/2013 - Concealed Carry Permit Concealed Weapons Employer No-Weapons Policies

The Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Section 3 Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Has Far-Reaching Implications For...

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, holding that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages for purposes of...more

7/12/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Equal Protection Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Court Rules That Employer's Unpaid Interns Are Actually Employees Covered By Wage And Hour Laws; Certifies Class Action Filed On...

A federal District Court in New York recently ruled that production interns who worked on the set of the movie “Black Swan” are actually employees for minimum wage and overtime purposes, and certified a wage and hour class...more

7/11/2013 - Class Action Employee Rights Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Internships Movies Unpaid Interns Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

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