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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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U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidelines On Collecting Student Data

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education released the Transparency Best Practices for Schools and Districts, a new set of guidelines created to improve relations between school districts and parents surrounding school…more

Data Collection, Data Protection, Department of Education, PTAC, Public Schools

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Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from his…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Popular, Safety Precautions, Workplace Hazards

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Cook County Property Tax Incentives Continue to Expand

Cook County continues to increase the number of commercial and industrial properties eligible for reduced property tax assessments. Recently, the County amended the Real Property Assessment Classification Ordinance to add the…more

Commercial Real Estate Market, Economic Development, Local Ordinance, Property Tax, Tax Assessment

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NLRB Expands the Boundaries of Employee Protest; Limits Employers’ Discipline Rights

Last week, the NLRB addressed whether, and to what extent, employees can criticize their employer in public. In MikLin Enterprises, the Board held 2-1 that a Jimmy John’s franchisee violated Section 8(a)(3) of the National Labor…more

Adverse Employment Action, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Franchises, NLRA

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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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Illinois Appellate Court: School District’s Subcontracting of Transportation Services is “Part of Bargaining Process” and an “Important Weapon in Negotiations”

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently found that a school district did not engage in any unfair labor practices when it subcontracted student transportation services to a third-party vendor and discharged…more

Bus Drivers, Collective Bargaining, Hiring & Firing, Public Employees, School Districts

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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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Under the Same Golden Arches: NLRB General Counsel Authorizes Complaints Alleging McDonald’s Corporation Is Joint Employer with Franchises

Last week, the NLRB General Counsel’s Office authorized 43 complaints of unfair labor practices brought by McDonald’s workers, naming both the McDonald’s Corporation and its franchisees as joint employers which would hold them…more

Joint Employers, McDonalds, NLRA, NLRB, Unfair Labor Practices

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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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Second, Third Circuits Tighten FLSA Pleading Standards, Challenge "Barebones" Complaints

Apologies to John Steinbeck, but in some ways, both 2013 and 2014 have been the winters of FLSA plaintiffs’ discontent on the East Coast. Last summer, the Second Circuit (which covers New York, Connecticut, and Vermont) issued a…more

FLSA, Pleading Standards, Pleadings, Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

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Monthly Benefits Update

On August 8, President Obama signed legislation that extends certain “pension smoothing” provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act that was signed in 2012. This pension funding relief will…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Defined Benefit Plans, Employee Benefits, MAP-21, Pensions

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NLRB Expands the Boundaries of Employee Protest; Limits Employers’ Discipline Rights

Last week, the NLRB addressed whether, and to what extent, employees can criticize their employer in public. In MikLin Enterprises, the Board held 2-1 that a Jimmy John’s franchisee violated Section 8(a)(3) of the National Labor…more

Adverse Employment Action, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Franchises, NLRA

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Supreme Court Issues Decision In Harris V.Quinn: Abood Survives, But For How Long?

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its anxiously anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case brought by Illinois home health aides challenging the requirement in a collective bargaining agreement that they pay…more

Collective Bargaining, First Amendment, Harris v Quinn, Home Health Care, Medicaid

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This Year, Schools Face Increased Obligations for Addressing Bullying

Two new laws require school districts and charter schools to reconsider their approach to bullying. The first new bullying law requires school boards and charter schools to make extensive revisions to their bullying policies…more

Bullying, Charter Schools, New Legislation, Public Schools, School Districts

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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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Illinois Felony Hazing Law Held Constitutional

In a criminal prosecution of four former fraternity members, a state judge ruled yesterday that the Illinois Hazing Act’s broad definition of “hazing” is sufficiently clear to withstand a constitutional challenge…more

Criminal Prosecution, Educational Institutions, Hazing

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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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NLRB Rules That Scholarship Football Players At Northwestern University Are “Employees” Under The National Labor Relations Act With Right To Unionize; Northwestern Will Appeal

Earlier this week, NLRB Regional Director for Region 13, Peter Sung Ohr, issued a highly publicized decision and ruled that grant-in-aid scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under the National…more

College Athletes, NLRB, Unions

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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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Cook County Property Tax Incentives Continue to Expand

Cook County continues to increase the number of commercial and industrial properties eligible for reduced property tax assessments. Recently, the County amended the Real Property Assessment Classification Ordinance to add the…more

Commercial Real Estate Market, Economic Development, Local Ordinance, Property Tax, Tax Assessment

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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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Employer Rejects Employee's Fitness for Duty Certification, Faces FMLA Liability

The story is for all you hunt and peck typists out there. But its message is a lesson for all employers when it comes to returning your employee from FMLA leave…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Fitness for Duty Exams, FMLA

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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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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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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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The Issue Of Accommodating Pregnant Employees May Reach The Supreme Court

Signaling that it is considering taking up the issue of what accommodations employers must provide for pregnant employees, the Supreme Court last month requested the Solicitor General’s opinion as to whether to accept the case…more

Civil Rights Act, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation, Title VII

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DOL Issues Post-Hobby Lobby Guidance for Closely Held For-Profits Making Changes in Contraception Coverage

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance for closely held for-profit corporations that wish to exclude coverage of any contraceptives under their health plans in the wake of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, DOL, ERISA

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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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This Year, Schools Face Increased Obligations for Addressing Bullying

Two new laws require school districts and charter schools to reconsider their approach to bullying. The first new bullying law requires school boards and charter schools to make extensive revisions to their bullying policies…more

Bullying, Charter Schools, New Legislation, Public Schools, School Districts

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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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Guidance Regarding Compliance with Changes to Clery Act Made by VAWA Before Final Regulations Become Effective

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (DOE) released guidance designed to assist institutions of higher education in determining how to comply with the Violence Against Women…more

Clery Act, Colleges, DOE, Security, Students

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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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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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U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidelines On Collecting Student Data

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education released the Transparency Best Practices for Schools and Districts, a new set of guidelines created to improve relations between school districts and parents surrounding school…more

Data Collection, Data Protection, Department of Education, PTAC, Public Schools

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Department of Education Proposes New VAWA/Campus SaVE Act Regulations

On June 20, 2014, new proposed regulations targeting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking were published in the Federal Register. The draft regulations implement changes made to the Clery Act by the…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Department of Education, Universities, VAWA

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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 Sanctions Employer $25K for Failing to Preserve Email After Notice of EEOC Charge

In Knickerbocker v. Corinthian Colleges, a trial court in Washington state sanctioned an employer because it failed to preserve evidence and issued an insufficient litigation hold after the employer received notice of EEOC…more

Duty to Preserve, EEOC, Enforcement Actions, Evidence

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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
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  • Labor & Employment Law
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