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The Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Section 3 Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Has Far-Reaching Implications For Affected Employers

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, holding that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages for purposes of…more

Civil Unions, DOMA, Domestic Partnership, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates

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An Overview Of Illinois’ Concealed Carry Law From An Employer's Perspective

The State of Illinois recently became the 50th state to pass a concealed carry law – the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (“FCCA”) – which will soon allow a properly licensed individual to carry a firearm. The FCCA lists certain,…more

Concealed Carry Permit, Employer No-Weapons Policies, Gun Laws

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USDOL Proposes Significant Increase In The Minimum Salary An Employee Must Earn To Be Exempt From Overtime

In one of the most potentially sweeping changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations in over a decade, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has proposed an increase in the minimum salary for employees to qualify…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Non-Exempt Employees

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Pay Bias Standards and Voluntary Guidance Rescinded in Favor of Expanded Investigations of Federal Contractors

Effective February 28, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) rescinded two President Bush-era pay discrimination guidance documents and replaced them with Directive 307, Procedures for Reviewing…more

Bias, Compliance, Discrimination, OFCCP, Pay Discrimination

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The Impact Of Obergefell On Employee Benefits

Prior to the Obergefell decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which mandated that federal laws only recognize opposite-sex marriages. As a result of…more

Discrimination, Equal Protection, ERISA, Health Insurance, Income Taxes

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Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination tests…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Cafeteria Plans, Discrimination, Employee Benefits

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Buying Peace?

Every employment relationship ends at some point, and some end involuntarily and with hard feelings. Sometimes, hard feelings come from current employees as well. When these hard feelings exist, employment claims are possible,…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Release Agreements, Settlement, Severance Agreements

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Illinois On Verge Of Barring Employers From Soliciting Criminal Background Information On Applications

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stated that he will sign into law legislation passed by the Illinois legislature at the end of May that bars private sector employers from soliciting criminal background information…more

Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Application, Hiring & Firing, New Legislation

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Why Train Our People on How to Avoid Sexual Harassment and Other Discrimination Claims?

We hear this often from business owners, managers, elected officials and administrators. Well, the answer is clear. Case after case holds that anti-discrimination training may be critical to the defense of a discrimination…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Compliance, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Training

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Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination tests…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Cafeteria Plans, Discrimination, Employee Benefits

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Obergefell Expands The Number Of Individuals Potentially Eligible To Apply For Immigration Benefits

Obergefell effectively expands the number of individuals who would be eligible to submit immigration applications on behalf of a same-sex spouse because same sex marriage is now legal across the country, rather than in a handful…more

Department of State, Foreign Nationals, Green Cards, H-1B, H-4 Spouses

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Obergefell Ruling Reaffirms That Employees In Same-Sex Marriages Have FMLA Rights

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) so that an eligible employee in a same-sex marriage is able to take FMLA leave to care for…more

DOL, FMLA, Medical Leave, Obergefell v. Hodges, Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Section 3 Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Has Far-Reaching Implications For Affected Employers

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, holding that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages for purposes of…more

Civil Unions, DOMA, Domestic Partnership, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates

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OSHA Basics and Recent Trends in OSHA Enforcement Actions

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETYAND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (“the Administration”) enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSHA”). From the employer’s perspective, emphasis on workplace safety is important because it…more

Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, OSHA, Workplace Injury, Workplace Violence

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Employer Policies And Procedures That May Need To Be Updated In Light Of Obergefell

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right which cannot be infringed upon through governmental action. Although private sector employers do not generally…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Handbooks, FMLA, Obergefell v. Hodges, OFCCP

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Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

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Areas of Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Illinois
Number of Attorneys

25-50 Attorneys

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