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Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Obama-era Tip-Pooling Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) tip pooling regulations. The proposed changes would roll back the Obama administration’s 2011 regulations that prohibited employers from distributing tips to anyone other than front-of-the-house … Continue reading

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Employers: Give Your Employee Handbook A New Year’s Check-Up

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is scrutinizing employee handbooks that violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the law that protects an employees’ collective bargaining and organizing rights. The NLRB looks for workplace rules that restrict—or could be construed … Continue reading

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NLRB Reinstates Prior Joint-Employer Standard

On December 14, 2017, in a 3-2 decision, that could allay fears of franchisors being joint employers of their franchisees, the National Labor Relations Board overruled the Board’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015) (“Browning-Ferris”), and returned to … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Sweetened Beverage Tax Repealed Effective December 1, 2017

In a nearly unanimous vote by the Cook County Board on October 11th, the Cook County sweetened beverage tax has been repealed. Passed in early August 2017, the controversial tax was only in effect for two months before lawmakers decided … Continue reading

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Employers: Keep Your Hands Off Of Employee Fingerprints

A once little-known law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), is now the subject of class actions by employees alleging that employers have misused their biometric information.  This client update should help employers avoid unknowing violations of the BIPA … Continue reading

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Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance Effective July 2017

The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently passed the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees.  The Ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2017. To be eligible for paid sick leave, an employee … Continue reading

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New Illinois Law Renders Non-Compete Agreements for Low-Wage Employees “Illegal and Void”

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”).  The Act prohibits certain Illinois employers from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage employees.  The law takes effect January 1, 2017. The … Continue reading

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Restaurant Owners: Are You Taking Advantage of All Tax Credits and Deductions?

Restaurant owners can take advantage of many special deductions and credits providing substantial tax savings. Here are several to explore: Tax Credits for Hiring in Empowerment Zones.  Tax credits are available for hiring employees who live and work in an … Continue reading

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Seventh Circuit: Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Unenforceable

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that provisions in employment agreements requiring individual arbitration of wage and hour disputes are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The court found that such provisions violate employees’ right to … Continue reading

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Illinois and Chicago Employment Law Update: Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave and Employee Retirement Accounts

Three important employment law changes in the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois may affect your business. Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance On July 1, 2016, the City of Chicago’s minimum wage increased by 50 cents per hour, to … Continue reading

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