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Heather R. M. Becker

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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Mark Bennett

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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Antonio Caldarone

Employers Should Be Cautious Before Searching Social Media Sites For Information About Prospective Employees

The ability to obtain information about a prospective employee on social media is hard to resist. With the explosion of social media sites and other information on the Internet, employers have a vast array of information about…more

Employee Rights, Job Applicants, Social Media

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Violet Clark

Pay Bias Standards and Voluntary Guidance Rescinded in Favor of Expanded Investigations of Federal Contractors

Effective February 28, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) rescinded two President Bush-era pay discrimination guidance documents and replaced them with Directive 307, Procedures for Reviewing…more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

Employment Relationship Not Required For Claim Of ERISA Violation For Benefit Rights

In a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision successfully litigated by Laner Muchin, the Court addressed novel aspects of whether an employer interfered with employees’ benefit rights in violation of ERISA. The case of…more

Employee Benefits, Employee Rights, ERISA, Human Resources Professionals, Layoffs

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Chad DeGroot

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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Jeffrey Fowler

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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Debrai Haile

Illinois Releases Sample Sign That Private Property Owners May Use To Ban Concealed Weapons On Their Property

As reported previously here, in July, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act was enacted in Illinois authorizing individuals with the right to carry concealed weapons in public provided they obtain a permit from the Illinois Department…more

Concealed Weapons, Firearms, Posting Requirements

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Paul Jaquez

Failure to Complain May Preclude Relief

A judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently held that an employee’s failure to complain internally may preclude an employee from maintaining a suit for harassment under Title VII. In Zuidema v. Raymond Christopher,…more

Civil Rights Act, Claim Preclusion, Complaint Procedures, Harassment, Title VII

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Richard Laner

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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Monica Lasky

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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Eileen Momblanco

U.S. Government Issues Helpful Hints Regarding Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage and Immigration Status

In mid-March, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice including helpful hints for individuals who may have questions regarding their immigration status and how this may or may not affect eligibility for…more

Affordable Care Act, Green Cards, Healthcare, Lawful Permanent Residents, Public Health Insurance Marketplace

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David Moore

Tis The Season To Avoid Wage and Hour Pitfalls With Holidays and Bonuses

As the end of the year and year-end holiday season approach, so do annual bonus time and paid holidays. Employers should avoid some common wage and hour pitfalls with bonuses and paid holidays. The first common pitfall is not…more

Bonuses, Holidays, Wage and Hour, Year-End Compliance Checklist

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William Nichols

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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Devlin Schoop

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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Sara Yager

Recent Appeals Court Case Is A Reminder That A Lateral Transfer Could Be Viewed As An Adverse Action For Employment Discrimination Purposes

Legal precedent is not entirely consistent regarding whether lateral transfers constitute adverse actions sufficient to support discrimination claims by affected employees. However, a recent case from the Sixth Circuit serves…more

Adverse Employment Action, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues

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