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A New Employment Law Frontier: Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act

An emerging area of the law has become the focal point in a new class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In Baron v. Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc., et al. (No....more

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

Preliminary Injunction Issued Against Department of Labor's Overtime Rule

On Nov. 22, 2016, a federal district judge in Texas enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule increasing the minimum salary level threshold to qualify for an exemption from the overtime requirements of the Fair...more

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

DOL Releases Long-Anticipated Revisions to FLSA Overtime Exemption Rules - Employers Will Need to Pay Overtime Wages to More White...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on May 18, 2016, released its rule updating overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (commonly referred to as white collar employees) under the Fair...more

Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...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

Illinois Releases Pregnancy Accommodation Proposed Rules

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released proposed rules regulating pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in employment. Released on July 17, 2015, these rules are authorized by the Illinois Pregnancy...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

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Medical Marijuana User - A Trend Is Beginning for Courts to Permit Employers to...

In Coats v. Dish Network, the Colorado Supreme Court held that the state’s “lawful activities” statute did not limit the right of an employer to discharge an employee for the employee’s lawful (under Colorado law) use of...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

Higher Chicago Minimum Wage Takes Effect July 1, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, Chicago's minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. This is the first of a series of tiered minimum wage increases. The new minimum wage rate is $1.75 higher than the current Illinois minimum wage...more

New Bill Expands Illinois Human Rights Act's Pregnancy Protections

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 8, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act by placing new obligations on employers with respect to pregnant employees. The new changes take effect on January 1,...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

Many Private Sector Employers Limited Regarding Criminal History Inquiries - Illinois Is Now Among the Growing Number of States...

Illinois joins the growing number of states and localities across the country that have "ban-the-box" laws. Statutes that limit inquiry about criminal history during the application and hiring process are known informally as...more

Bring Your Own Device Policies: What Employers Need to Know

Employers that allow their employees to use their own mobile devices for work purposes should have in place well-considered Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.Effective employer BYOD policies anticipate and address a range...more

Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act Will Require Employers to Take Action

On July 9, 2013, Illinois passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (FCCA), becoming the final state to permit the concealed carry of firearms. In 2014, the Illinois State Police must begin accepting applications for licenses to...more

Affordable Care Act Update

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary guidance for employers to help them meet their obligations to notify employees of their health insurance exchange coverage options. State health insurance...more

Are You Ready for the "New and Improved" I-9 Form?

This alert reminds employers about the new I-9 employment authorization verification form and explains how to prepare to use it as required starting on May 7, 2013....more

Labor Department Issues Regulations Implementing the Military Service Leave Provisions of the FMLA

On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published new regulations that implement the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) amendments made by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 (2010...more

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