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End of Fiscal Year Filings Signal Business as Usual at the EEOC – For Now

Just like the leaves turning colors, you can count on a flurry of court filings from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) every September as the agency rushes to get cases on file before the end of its fiscal...more

Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains

Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over...more

Understanding the EEOC’s Shifting Stance on Pay Bias and Data Collection

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has sent mixed signals to employers regarding its efforts to collect salary and pay data to combat pay inequity based on gender and race. Many employers are left...more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave. The Pregnancy...more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 Term

This year’s Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued. On April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth...more

PAC Finds Library Board’s General Description of Action Item Complies with OMA

Government bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) sometimes struggle to strike the right balance between too much and too little detail contained in their published Board meeting agendas. A recent advisory opinion from...more

The Expanding Definition of “News Media” Under FOIA

In the age of Twitter and blogging, it is not always easy to tell who qualifies as a journalist or member of the media. But according to a recent advisory opinion from the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Landmark Transgender Student Case

The wait for a final resolution of the legal issues surrounding transgender students will be extended as the result of a decision yesterday by the United State Supreme Court in the landmark case, Gloucester County School Bd....more

Illinois Enacts Law Requiring Schools to Lead Test Their Water Supply

Earlier this week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new law requiring Illinois elementary schools and day care centers to test their drinking water sources for lead contamination and notify parents of the results of that...more

Federal Court Strikes Down Lincolnshire’s “Right to Work” Ordinance

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Village of Lincolnshire’s municipal ordinance regulating union activities was invalid under federal law. The ruling is a defeat for...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

Department of Education Releases New Guidance on SROs, Police in Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued non-binding regulatory guidance regarding law-enforcement officers’ involvement in the administration of school discipline. The new guidance,...more

New Illinois Law Restricts Use of Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, prohibiting private sector employers from requiring their “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act takes effect on January 1,...more

New Illinois Law Permits Employees to Use Accrued Sick Leave for Family Medical Care

Last week, Governor Rauner signed into law House Bill 6162, the Employee Sick Leave Act (“the Act”). Under the Act, “personal sick leave benefits” provided by employers for absences due to an employee’s illness, injury, or...more

2016 Legislative Update: Summary of Changes in School Law

BOARDS OF EDUCATION - ENFORCEMENT OF BINDING PUBLIC ACCESS COUNSELOR OPINIONS - Public Act 99-586 - Effective Date: January 1, 2017 - Individuals who file lawsuits to enforce binding opinions from the PAC...more

New Illinois Law Provides Bereavement Leave

The Child Bereavement Leave Act (“the Act”) became effective July 29, 2016, and it provides up to two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid leave to employees in the event of the death of an employee’s child. The Act applies...more

Resignation Date Starts the Statute of Limitations Clock In Constructive Discharge Cases, Supreme Court Holds

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the statute of limitations for purposes of filing a claim alleging constructive discharge begins to run on the date that the employee resigns, as opposed to the last discriminatory...more

Illinois Supreme Court Vacates 2% Wage Increase for State Employees

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court vacated an arbitration award requiring the State to pay a 2% wage increase to certain state employees who are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...more

EEOC Files Two Lawsuits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

On March 1st, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it had filed two separate lawsuits alleging employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. For the first time in its own lawsuit, the...more

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