Franczek Radelet P.C.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Title VII’s Definition Of “Supervisor” For Harassment Claims

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court decided Vance v. Ball State University, ruling that only those employees who have the authority to take “tangible employment actions” qualify as supervisors for purposes of…more

Harassment, SCOTUS, Supervisors, Title VII, Vance v. Ball State University

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Circuit Court Finds Stay Put Does Not Apply to Unilateral Placement

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that during the pendency of a dispute, a student must remain in his/her “then-current educational placement”; this is known as stay put. The IDEA does not, however,…more

Board of Education, IDEA, Private Schools, Public Schools, Students

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Governor Signs Bill Calling for Greater Protections for Pregnant Employees

House Bill 8, now Public Act 098-1050, was recently signed by Governor Pat Quinn. As we reported in June of this year, the resulting amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act expand upon the anti-discrimination protections…more

Discrimination, Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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New FOIA Amendments Affect Public Bodies’ Responses to Requests

Effective immediately, the General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto to approve new amendments to the FOIA, which are designed to reduce the burden on public bodies. Public Act 98-1129 provides the following: 1) a…more

Amended Legislation, FOIA, Public Entities

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Employee Who Admits To Smoking Marijuana Off-Duty and for Non-Medicinal Purposes Eligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

If an employee admits to smoking marijuana and is subsequently discharged based on that admission, you would think that if the employee later files for unemployment insurance benefits he would be deemed ineligible…, right? Well,…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Medical Marijuana, Off-Duty Employees

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PTAB Issues Decision in Long-Running Open Space Assessment Battle

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) recently issued a decision finding that the clubhouse, parking lot, swimming pool, and tennis courts at a golf club are not entitled to favorable treatment as open space. The…more

Appeals, Open Space, Property Tax, Tax Assessment

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Chicago City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase

Today, in a special meeting called by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour by next summer with incremental increases to $13.00 per hour by July 1, 2019…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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ISBE Publishes Proposed Rules on State Model Evaluation Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently published its proposed regulations containing the State Performance Evaluation Model required under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA). PERA specifically requires…more

Board of Education, Performance Improvement Plans, School Districts

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Federal Contractors: Overhauled OFCCP Regulations On Employment Obligations To Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities

Starting March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will begin enforcing two regulations that amend the obligations of federal contractors to employees and applicants who are protected veterans or…more

Affirmative Action, Disability, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, Veterans

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Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitration Awards, Popular

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IIllinois Legislature Grants Recall Rights to “Grouping 2” Teachers with One Needs Improvement Evaluation Rating

On June 13, 2014, the Governor signed House Bill 5546 expanding the recall provisions of Senate Bill 7. The new legislation is effective July 1, 2014 and extends limited recall rights to honorably dismissed (“RIFed”) teachers in…more

Education Reform, Hiring & Firing, New Legislation, Performance Reviews, Teachers

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“Super” Anti-Harassment Policy May Create Unanticipated Liability

Ordinarily, employers think of anti-harassment policies as a means of defending themselves against harassment claims rather than a source of liability. However, a recent decision from a U.S. District Court in Connecticut serves…more

ADA, Anti-Harassment Policies, Breach of Contract, Corporate Counsel, Costco

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Legislation That Makes Minimum Manning for Firefighters a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining Awaits Governor’s Signature

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 5485, and the bill now awaits action by Governor Quinn. If signed by Governor Quinn, the bill would immediately go into effect and amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act…more

Collective Bargaining, Firemen, Municipalities, Pending Legislation, Public Employees

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NYU Agrees To Recognize Graduate Student Organizing Rights

As we reported last year, the fight over graduate student organizing rights has taken yet another tumultuous turn at the National Labor Relations Board. The Board has changed its position twice in recent years on the issue of…more

NLRA, Students, Unions, Universities

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Circuit Court of Springfield Overturns PAC Opinion on OMA Violation

An Illinois Circuit Court recently overturned a Public Access Counselor opinion. The Court held, contrary to the PAC, that the Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 did not violate Section 2(e) of the Open…more

Board of Education, Open Meetings Act, School Districts, Separation Agreement, Transparency

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Adventures in Rounding: What if the "Rounding" Doesn't Happen at the Time Clock? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

This past spring, I discussed rounding time clock punches (usually automatically with a time clock system) at the beginning and end of a shift. To recap briefly, rounding is the practice of adjusting time clock punch times…more

Employer Liability Issues, Rounding, Wage and Hour, Wages

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New Federal Spending Bill Includes Extensive Pension Related Provisions

Both houses of Congress recently passed and President Obama recently signed comprehensive spending legislation that includes an amendment with the provisions of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) along with a…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Multiemployer Plan, New Legislation, PBGC

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NLRB Imposes Extreme Remedies on Repeat Offender

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board found that HTH Corporation had committed multiple violations of the National Labor Relations Act and went to extraordinary lengths to craft a remedy for the employer’s “egregious and…more

Employee Rights, NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices

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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, or…more

Employee Rights, Right to Work, Unions

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New FOIA Amendments Affect Public Bodies’ Responses to Requests

Effective immediately, the General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto to approve new amendments to the FOIA, which are designed to reduce the burden on public bodies. Public Act 98-1129 provides the following: 1) a…more

Amended Legislation, FOIA, Public Entities

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School Health Records Q&A

Comprehensive guidance on the topic of school health records can be found in Questions & Answers Regarding School Health Record Issues - May 2013…more

Medical Records, Public Schools, Students

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Appellate Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit by Political Candidate

On October 30, in Goral v. Kulys, the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a defamation suit pursuant to the Illinois Citizen Participation Act, 735 ILCS 110/1 et seq. (the “Act”). The Goral decision…more

Anti-SLAPP, Defamation, Dismissals, Litigation Strategies, Political Candidates

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Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform Bill

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly adopted the Conference Committee Report to Senate Bill 1 on December 3, 2013. The bill provides comprehensive pension reform for four state retirement systems – the Teachers’…more

Employee Benefits, Pensions, Retirement Plan

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Third Circuit Applies More Relaxed Federal Standard To Successors In FLSA Cases

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently became the third appellate court to adopt the federal common law standard for successor liability in a…more

FLSA, Succession Planning, Successor Liability

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“Sugar Bear” Unleashed: Employee with Emotional Disabilities May Be Entitled to Bring Comfort Animal to Work

A federal district court in Hawaii has ruled that the branch manager of a rental car company may have been discriminated against on the basis of his depression and adjustment disorder disabilities when he was terminated for an…more

Assistive Animals, Corporate Counsel, Disability, Reasonable Accommodation

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Continued Employment Is Not Sufficient Consideration For Restrictive Covenants Unless The Employee Remains Employed For At Least Two Years

In Illinois, it has long been recognized that a restrictive covenant in employment is enforceable so long as the employee engages in "substantial continued employment" after the employee signs the agreement…more

Continued Employment Doctrine, Discrimination, Employment Contract, Restrictive Covenants

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Time Limit on Filing Certain Construction Lawsuits Extended

A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision extends the time period in which a certain type of legal claim can be made against a general contractor on a construction project. The decision, 15th Place Condominium Association v…more

Breach of Contract, Condominiums, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Project

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Illinois Senate To Consider A Bill Providing New Protections For Pregnant Employees

Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a bill to strengthen protections for pregnant employees in the workplace. HB 8, introduced by Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) and supported by Governor Pat Quinn, would…more

Employee Rights, Employer Mandates, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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FMLA FAQ: Is An Employer Required to Pay a Prorated Amount of Annual Bonus after Employee Takes FMLA Leave?

It’s the end of the year. And with the end of the year comes questions from my clients about whether they need to account for an employee’s FMLA leave when doling out year-end bonuses. In other words, is an employer obligated…more

Bonuses, FMLA, Wage and Hour

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New Illinois Employment Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Along with decorations, holiday feasts, and other merriment, employers in Illinois get to celebrate the close of another year by updating their policies and practices to comply with several recently enacted laws that will take…more

Ban the Box, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, New Regulations, Payroll Cards

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Swimming Pool Violations Resulting In Big Fines For Hotels

The Illinois Swimming Facility Code and accompanying regulations contain requirements on virtually every aspect of swimming pool operation and maintenance. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) enforces these…more

Hotels, Penalties, Swimming Pools

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A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term

The United States Supreme Court concluded its 2013-2014 term by issuing decisions in several highly publicized employment and employee benefits cases during the Court’s final scheduled sessions, including Noel Canning, Harris,…more

Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Canning v NLRB, Collective Bargaining

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New Federal Spending Bill Includes Extensive Pension Related Provisions

Both houses of Congress recently passed and President Obama recently signed comprehensive spending legislation that includes an amendment with the provisions of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) along with a…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Multiemployer Plan, New Legislation, PBGC

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Illinois “Bans the Box” with New Legislation

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (the “Act”), which limits private sector employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal history of job…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Monthly Benefits Update

Health & Welfare Plans - July 1 Deadline to Begin Measuring Employee Hours for ACA Employer Mandate/“Pay or Play” - As we have discussed in many previous alerts, the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared…more

Affordable Care Act, COBRA, DOL, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates

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Continuing to Withstand Attack: Indiana Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Indiana’s Right to Work Law

Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Indiana Right to Work Law, rejecting a union’s claim that the state statute violates the Indiana Constitution. The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision comes roughly two…more

Hiring & Firing, Right to Work, Unions

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Monthly Benefits Update - October 2014

IRS Announces 2015 Dollar Limits for Health FSAs and Transportation Benefits - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2015 dollar limits applicable to contributions to health flexible spending accounts (health…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, COLA, Covered Entities, EEOC

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Monthly Benefits Update - September 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: FAQ Part XVI Addresses Insurance Exchange Notice and 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement. The Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human…more

Affordable Care Act, Business Associates, DOL, DOMA, ERISA

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Court of Appeals Rejects Claims of Race Discrimination in Special Education Placements

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit brought by African American families and students in Pennsylvania alleging that the Lower Merion School District placed the students in special education classrooms as a…more

Race Discrimination, Racial Discrimination, Special Education

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Employer Obligations Under the New Payroll Card Law

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5622 amending the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) and providing employers with the option of paying employees through a payroll card. While the new…more

Employer Liability Issues, Payroll Cards, Wage and Hour, Wages

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DOE Publishes Final VAWA Regulations

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Education (DOE) published the final regulations for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. As we previously reported, the VAWA regulations are the…more

Clery Act, DOE, VAWA

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EEOC Continues Its Aggressive Stance Against Severance Agreements

Last Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against CVS Pharmacy in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that standard separation agreements used by CVS unlawfully deter employees, who sign these…more

Compliance, CVS, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Investigations

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Let it Snow: NLRB Continues Flurry of December Activity by Adopting New Arbitration Deferral Standards

With the holidays quickly approaching, the National Labor Relations Board’s union-friendly majority continues to churn out decisions that will significantly impact union and non-union employers in 2015 and beyond. Earlier this…more

Arbitration, Corporate Counsel, Deferral Standard, Employer Liability Issues, NLRB

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Limits of Supreme Court Ruling on Public Prayer Tested in Lawsuit Against California District

As our firm reported earlier this year, the Supreme Court recently held that sectarian invocations at public meetings do not automatically violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which separates church and state…more

First Amendment, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Greece v Galloway, Prayer, Public Meetings

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Appellate Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit by Political Candidate

On October 30, in Goral v. Kulys, the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a defamation suit pursuant to the Illinois Citizen Participation Act, 735 ILCS 110/1 et seq. (the “Act”). The Goral decision…more

Anti-SLAPP, Defamation, Dismissals, Litigation Strategies, Political Candidates

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U.S. Supreme Court Directs Fifth Circuit To Reevaluate University Of Texas Admissions Process Using “Correct” Strict Scrutiny Test

In a 7-1 decision (in which Justice Elena Kagan did not participate), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit applied the incorrect strict…more

Affirmative Action, College Admissions, Diversity, Fisher v University of Texas, SCOTUS

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Court Dismisses EEOC’s Controversial Severance Agreement Lawsuit

As we reported in February 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued CVS Pharmacy in federal court in Chicago on a novel theory that the company’s standard separation agreement unlawfully deterred departing…more

Corporate Counsel, CVS, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Severance Agreements

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DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked…more

Citizenship, Citizenship Status Discrimination, Department of Education, DOJ, Final Guidance

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Employee’s Threatening Behavior May Justify Mandatory Medical Examination

When is it appropriate to require an employee to complete a medical examination? This question presents a common challenge for employers…more

ADA, Coca Cola, Employee Rights, Fitness for Duty Exams, Medical Examinations

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Finds NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

As we reported to you in March 2013, in Noel Canning v. NLRB, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that President Barack Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, NLRB, Recess Appointments, SCOTUS

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Areas of Practice
  • Education
  • Labor & Employment Law
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