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The Illinois General Assembly has struck again. On August 11, 2017, Governor Rauner signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act providing that discrimination includes a practice by an employer imposing upon a person as a condition of obtaining or retaining employment, including promotion, advancement, or transfer, any terms or conditions that...
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: September 5, 2017, 9:12 pm
Executive Order 13706 established paid sick leave requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors and went into effect on January 1, 2017. Non-complying contractors are subject to monetary damages, attorneys’ fees, equitable relief, and/or debarment from future contracts. How Many Hours Of Paid Sick Leave Are Required? Fifty-six (56) hours annually. Unless employers elect to give...
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: June 19, 2017, 7:42 pm
The SCOTUS handed down a definitive 9-0 decision on a case centered on issues surrounding appellate courts, district courts and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission subpoena requests. How will the decision impact employers?
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: April 18, 2017, 8:43 pm
On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for the first time recognized that sexual orientation discrimination is covered under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case is Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Although the court which heard the case en banc reached the result via three routes, the holding confirms that sexual orientation discrimination is cognizable under Title VII in the Seventh Circuit.
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: April 6, 2017, 4:27 pm
On February 2, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision and order in the case of T-Mobile USA and CWA. In this case, T-Mobile, following substantial proof that the members of a collective bargaining unit no longer maintained majority support for representation by the CWA, pursued the strategy of continuing to honor the collective bargaining agreement but refused to negotiate over a successor agreement unless and until the representation issue was resolved.
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: February 13, 2017, 3:05 pm
What does Right to Work Mean? Employers are barred from: requiring employees to become, remain, or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization; or pay dues or other charges required of labor organization members as a condition of employment.
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: February 3, 2017, 3:45 pm
A slew of new laws went into effect on January 1 in Illinois. Below are key labor and employment laws:
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: January 10, 2017, 5:51 pm
The Republican controlled General Assembly is getting a head start on the labor and employment front by pre-filing several pro-business labor and employment bills. Right to work- In general, the various bills in one form or another make contract clauses that require union membership as a condition of employment or continued employment null and void....
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: December 30, 2016, 7:16 pm
By Timm Schowalter In a continuing troubling trend to marginalize an employer’s ability to protect their informational assets and to comply with its federal and state obligations under discrimination laws a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled that employee handbook rules implemented by an information technology staffing company, Insight Global LLC, are illegal. On one...
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: December 1, 2016, 5:07 pm
On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to bar employers from asking about an applicant’s salary before offering them a job. Bill S.2119, which goes into effect January 1, 2018, states that it shall be an unlawful practice for an employer to seek the wage or salary history of a prospective employee from the prospective employee or a current or former employer. The law does not prohibit prospective employees from voluntarily disclosing such information. Further, an employer may seek or confirm a prospective employee’s wage or salary history after an offer of employment with compensation has been negotiated.
Author: employerlawblg
Posted: November 14, 2016, 5:07 pm