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Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

In a landmark decision issued on April 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720 (en banc) that discrimination in employment based on one's...more

Illinois Attempts to Fix State's Employee Sick Leave Act

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The act generally requires that employers who provide sick leave allow employees to use up to one-half of their available annual accrual for the care of...more

1/25/2017  /  Paid Leave , PTO , Sick Leave , Wage and Hour

Cook County Board Approves Higher Minimum Wage

The Cook County (Ill.) Board on Oct. 26, 2016, passed an increase to the county's minimum wage. The county's current minimum wage of $8.25 will increase to $10 per hour on July 1, 2017, then will rise to $11 on July 1, 2018,...more

Chicago's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Is Now Law

Chicago has joined a growing list of states and cities that require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The paid sick leave provisions were added as an amendment to the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance –...more

Illinois Supreme Court Narrows Misconduct Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits

The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act (Act) provides that employees who are discharged for "misconduct" are ineligible for unemployment benefits. In Petrovic v. Department of Employment Security, 2016 IL 118562, decided...more

DOL Raises Pay for Some Exempt Status Employees - Employers Will Need to Pay Overtime Wages to More White Collar Employees

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule updating overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (commonly referred to as white collar employees). The DOL...more

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Health Care Provider Certification Forms - Employers: Begin Using the New Forms Immediately; Note the...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published updated health care provider certification forms for employers to provide employees who request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) due to any one of the...more

Use of Payroll Cards in Illinois to Come Under Increased Statutory Scrutiny: Gov. Quinn Signs New Amendments into Law on Aug. 6,...

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, employers in Illinois will have to follow new requirements in order to pay wages using payroll cards. The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) currently provides for wage payment by check...more

What Employers Need to Know About Illinois' New Medical Marijuana Law

On August 2, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, P.A., 98-0122. As of January 1, 2014, the Act will establish a four-year pilot program in Illinois that...more

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