Laner Muchin, Ltd.

515 North State Street Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

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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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Employee's Failure To Follow Call-In Procedures Dooms FMLA Claims

Managing intermittent FMLA leaves is often challenging for employers. However, a recent case reinforces the requirement that employees must comply with reasonable call-in procedures to report FMLA absences. Following a recent…more

Employment Policies, FMLA, Hiring & Firing, Unpaid Leave

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Pay Bias Standards and Voluntary Guidance Rescinded in Favor of Expanded Investigations of Federal Contractors

Effective February 28, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) rescinded two President Bush-era pay discrimination guidance documents and replaced them with Directive 307, Procedures for Reviewing…more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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Supreme Court Holds That The ACA Mandate To Include Group Health Coverage For Certain Contraceptives Violates The Religious Beliefs

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations may claim a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate of providing certain types of…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Employer Mandates, Healthcare

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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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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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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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U.S. Department of State Computer System Crash Leads to Worldwide Delays with Passport and Visa Applications

In July 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that the U.S. Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) at the State Bureau of Consular Affairs was experiencing technical problems with its passport/visa…more

Delays, Department of State, Passports, Technology, Visas

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First Amendment Protects Public Employees Who Give Truthful, Sworn Testimony Outside The Scope Of Their Ordinary Job Duties From Retaliation

In Lane v. Franks, et al, Edward Lane was discharged as a program director at a state college after testifying in a criminal, public corruption case against an Alabama State Representative. Lane had previously discharged the…more

First Amendment, Garcetti, Lane v Franks et.al, Retaliation, SCOTUS

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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's Auditor Creates Doubt As To Whether Employee Was Poor Performer, Reminds Employers About Full And Robust Performance Reviews

Many companies’ fiscal years end in June and July, meaning that they may soon find themselves in the midst of performance review season. While Human Resources professionals routinely remind managers of the importance of…more

Audits, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Performance Reviews

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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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