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To Have or Not to Have: Federal Lawmakers Seek to End Private Arbitration of Sex Harassment Claims in Arbitration Agreements

A group of federal lawmakers recently proposed legislation referred to as the “End Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act” (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would prevent employers from enforcing mandatory arbitration...more

Score One for Employers: One Illinois Appellate Court’s Pre-Holiday Gift to Companies Facing Lawsuits Alleging Violations Under...

Over the past year, the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or the “Act”) has exceeded sixty. A majority of these lawsuits have been filed against...more

A Round and Round We Go . . . The Department of Labor Announces a New White Collar Exemption Rule is in the Works

As Clark Hill reported on August 31, 2017, a federal district court in Texas issued its final ruling in State of Nevada v. United States Department of Labor that invalidated the Department of Labor's ("DOL") white collar...more

A “New” Frontier for Plaintiffs Class Action Attorneys -- the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act: Can Technical...

Since November 2016, over thirty-five class action lawsuits have been brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the Illinois “BIPA”) in Illinois state and federal courts. Under the Illinois BIPA (which was...more

A Real Life Texas Hold'em: DOL Overtime Rule Struck Down by Texas Federal Court

On August 31, 2017, a federal district court in Texas issued its final ruling in State of Nevada v. United States Department of Labor that invalidated the Department of Labor's ("DOL") white collar exemption overtime rule....more

Department of Labor Releases a Request for Information Seeking Public Comment on Overtime Regulations

President Donald Trump's Department of Labor ("DOL") issued a public Request for Information ("RFI") seeking comments on what, if any, increase it should make to the minimum salary requirement of the white collar exemptions....more

What Have You Done for Me Lately? EEOC Issues Guidance on Curbing Harassment in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently convened a Task Force to investigate harassment in the workplace. The Task Force found that almost one-third of the 90,000 Charges of Discrimination the EEOC...more

Minimum Wage Hike for Cook County Employers Effective July 1, 2017

On October 26, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance (the "Ordinance"). Recently, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights also issued final interpretive and procedural...more

Chicago Issues Draft Regulations for Its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: How Do They Differ from the Cook County Earned Sick Leave...

On June 16, 2016, Chicago passed its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the "Chicago Ordinance"), which requires every employer that maintains a business within Chicago and/or is subject to Chicago license requirements - except those...more

The Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Final Regulations Regarding Its Earned Sick Leave Ordinance

On April 24, 2017, Clark Hill wrote about the proposed regulations that the Cook County Commission on Human Rights (the "Commission") drafted regarding the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the "Ordinance"), which was...more

The Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Its Sick Leave Ordinance

On November 16, 2016, Clark Hill wrote about the new paid sick leave laws in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. One of those new paid sick leave laws is the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the "Ordinance"), which was...more

Seventh Circuit Finds that Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation Discrimination

This week, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Docket No. 15-1720), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that adverse or discriminatory actions taken because of an individual's "sexual orientation"...more

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