Laner Muchin, Ltd.

Browning-Ferris Decision Expands Definition Of "Joint Employer" For Collective Bargaining Purposes, Full Impact Of Decision Remains To Be Seen

Until recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had held that an entity must have “direct control” of the essential terms and conditions of employment in order to be obligated to collectively bargain as a joint…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Recent EEOC Settlements A Reminder That Employers Face Substantial Liability If Pre-Employment Exams Are Not Job-Related

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been very aggressive in challenging pre-employment exams. Employers utilize an array of pre-employment exams to assess an employee/applicant’s physical fitness, health,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Holds That Meal Breaks May Be Compensable If Employer-Mandated Transition Time Significantly Eats Into Employees' Meal Time

The U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations generally provide that employers are not required to pay employees for “bona fide” meal breaks that ordinarily last at least 30 minutes, but rest periods of short durations, running…more
| Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Retracts Previous Announcement On Filing Of Final Green Card Applications

On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a correction to their previous announcement from September 9, 2015 regarding procedures for applicants waiting to file their third and final…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Employers Will Begin Receiving Premium Subsidy Award Notices From The Health Care Exchange in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin its process of verifying the eligibility of recipients who receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) advanced premium tax credit to help purchase…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Special Note for Illinois Employers Regarding Tracking Hours

Tracking of hours for salaried/exempt employees has always been a questionable practice. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor (“US DOL”) could arguably use such tracking as a factor suggesting that the individuals are really…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New Development In The Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements

As many of our readers may recall, the Illinois Appellate Court in the First District dramatically changed (in our view) the law two years ago in its infamous Fifield decision, by holding that if employment (or continuing…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Illinois Resurrects Anti-Recording Law

Most states have laws restricting surreptitious recording of conversations, although the terms often vary as to what consent is required. While a prior Illinois law had been declared unconstitutional after a citizen was…more
| Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Supreme Court Ruling Endangers Ignorance Defense

Until now, job application and interview questions that reveal applicants’ protected characteristics have been strongly discouraged. In an economy where dozens of people apply for a vacant job posting, knowing too much about the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Emphasizes Requirements About Selecting and Monitoring Plan Investments

Plan administrators, investment committees and any other plan fiduciary responsible for selectingthe investment options of an employee benefit plan subject to ERISA should take note of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Light Duty Takes Hard Hit

Many employers have what they call “light duty” policies whereby they allow employees to continue working even though the employees are unable to perform some of the essential functions of their jobs. Very few employers can…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Reverses 50-Year Policy, Requires Employers To Deduct Union Dues From Employees' Paychecks Even After Labor Contracts Expire

In Lincoln Lutheran of Race & SEIU , the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer’s obligation to "check off" union dues (i.e., deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks for the benefit of the union)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Court Finds That Plan Administrator Should Comply With Qualified Domestic Relations Order Issued After Retirement Plan Participant's Death

A recent opinion from the Second Circuit puts retirement plan administrators on notice that adjustments to benefits may be necessary to account for retroactively effective qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). In Yale-New…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces New Procedures Which Will Allow a Significant Number of Individuals to File Final Green Card Applications

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), announced that it is revising its procedures for applicants waiting to file their third and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Court Orders EEOC To Pay Employer Nearly $1 Million In Attorneys' Fees And Costs, Finds EEOC Pursued Case Long After It Was Clear That It Lacked Merit

Employers often criticize the EEOC’s position on employers’ use of background checks in the application process as increasing exposure for disparate treatment claims from applicants and as being willfully blind to legitimate…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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