John (Pete) Morrison

John (Pete) Morrison

K&L Gates LLP

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Executive Order Requires Disclosure of Labor Violations

Employers doing business with the federal government must now jump through additional hoops. In yet another example of the executive branch pursuing its agenda outside of the legislative process, President Obama signed...more

10/1/2014 - Arbitration Disclosure Requirements Discrimination Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors Sexual Harassment

Baby on Board: Illinois Increases Protection in the Workplace for Expectant and New Mothers

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law House Bill 8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “IHRA”) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or...more

9/18/2014 - Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination

Illinois Cracks Down on Employers' Consideration of Criminal Histories of Prospective Employees

Furthering the trend of governmental skepticism about employers’ blind reliance on information derived from background checks, on July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the “Job Opportunities for Qualified...more

8/7/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

Illinois Supreme Court Lets Ruling Stand Requiring Two Years of Employment to Support Restrictive Covenant

The enforceability of post-employment restrictive covenants in Illinois suffered a set back on October 14, 2013, when the Illinois Supreme Court refused to review an appellate decision that held that two years of employment...more

11/21/2013 - At-Will Employment Consideration Contract Drafting Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

EEOC Takes Aim at First Targets since Locking Down Employers’ Use of Arrest/Conviction Information

On June 11, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first two lawsuits asserting that an employer’s use of felony conviction records to disqualify employees and applicants runs afoul of Title VII because...more

6/26/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Discrimination Disparate Impact EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Racial Discrimination Title VII

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