Category Archives: Employee Handbook

Update: New Illinois Employment Laws Take Effect in 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker has enacted several sweeping employment laws that will take effect starting at the beginning of 2020. A brief summary of the extensive changes are listed below: Workplace Transparency Act The Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) will take effect January … Continue reading

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#MeToo: Proposed Illinois Law Would Require Restaurant Employee Anti-Harassment Training

On February 15, 2019, Representative Ann M. Williams (D) introduced House Bill 3351, the Restaurant Anti-Harassment Act (the “Bill”). If it is enacted, the Bill would require all restaurants operating in Illinois to have a written sexual harassment training policy … 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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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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Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Federal Jurisdiction Over Misappropriation Claims

Congress recently passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), vesting federal courts with the power to hear trade secret theft disputes and act immediately to resolve them. The DTSA took effect May 12, 2016, and further empowers American innovators to … Continue reading

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Every Employer’s Best Friend: The Employee Handbook

It’s a new year, and there’s no better time to create an employee handbook or update your existing one. A well-drafted employee handbook effectively communicates workplace expectations, policies and procedures to employees. When management follows its written policies and procedures, they … Continue reading

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