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Department of Homeland Security Announces New Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain H-4 Spouses of H-1B Professional Workers

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that effective May 26, 2015, the agency will extend eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged to…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Cook County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance; Businesses Face Harsh Sanctions For Violations of State And Federal Wage Laws

Effective May 1, 2015, employers in Cook County could face severe consequences for violating state and federal wage and hour laws. In a recent unanimous vote, Cook County Commissioners passed the “Cook County Wage Theft…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Holds That Confidentiality Agreement Barring Employees From Discussing Human Resources-Related Information is Unlawful

In Battle’s Transportation, Inc. and Jerome Kearney, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer’s confidentiality agreement that barred employees from discussing “human resources related information” and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Finds That More Than 40% Of EEOC Charges Of Discrimination Contain Retaliation Claims

Last week, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement litigation data for FY 2014. Continuing a recent trend, the EEOC reported that the percentage of EEOC charges of…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Issues Final Forms And Instructions For The New Reporting Requirements For The Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate

As previously reviewed in The Fast Laner, in order to administer and enforce the rules of the Individual and Employer Shared Responsibility Mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sections 6055 and 6056 were added to the…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Employers Must Consult Both State And Federal Law To Ensure Their Meal And Rest Period Practices Are Legally Compliant

A series of recent federal and state court decisions provide a mixed bag for employers on the issue of mandatory meal periods. On the one hand, these decisions support an employer’s ability to provide meal periods to its…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Fifield Update: Two Federal District Courts Conclude That The Illinois Supreme Court Will Ultimately Reject Fifield's Two-Year Rule

In the last issue of The Fast Laner, we reported that the Illinois Court of Appeals, Third District, followed Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs. and held that, in the absence of other consideration, continued at-will employment of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Minnesota Staffing Company Fined $227,000 For I-9 Violations

A Minnesota-based staffing firm was recently ordered to pay a $227,000 fine for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, including false attestations made on I-9 forms…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

DOL Issues Proposed Regulatory Changes To Sex Discrimination Rules For Federal Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has begun what is expected to be a year filled with regulatory changes by issuing its proposed new regulations regarding sex discrimination by federal contractors, which have not…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Now Is The Time To Initiate H-1B Cap Petitions For Foreign Students Or National Candidates Currently Abroad

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 starting April 1, 2015. The allotted number of H-1B petitions that the USCIS will accept, known as the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Illinois Courts Continue To Apply Fifield; Employers Should Closely Examine Non-Competes To Ensure Enforceability

In 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a decision, Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs., Inc., which held that the promise of at-will employment was insufficient consideration to support an otherwise enforceable non-compete…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Presumption That Union Retiree Health Benefits Are Vested For Life

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a judicial presumption - commonly referred to as the Yard-Man presumption - that union retiree health care benefits are vested for life in the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Health

The NLRB Issues Key Rulings Regarding Employee E-Mail Use, Deferrals To Arbitration, And Representation-Case Procedures

The 2014/2015 holiday season marked a period of change for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, on December 11, 2014, the NLRB ruled that under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees can use…more
| Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Illinois Employers Will Need To Comply With Several New Laws That Take Effect In 2015

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicant Act: Commonly referred to as the "ban-the-box” law, employers with 15 or more employees cannot consider or inquire into an applicant’s criminal record or history until: (a) the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking
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