Category Archives: Employment

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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Recent Amendment to Illinois Equal Pay Act Prohibits Salary History Questions

The No Salary History law, which takes effect September 29, 2019, prohibits Illinois employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The law amends the 2003 Equal Pay Act, which made it illegal to pay employees differently based on their … Continue reading

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Illinois Employers: Register for Secure Choice by November 1

In November 2018, Illinois enacted a law requiring employers to provide a state-run retirement program to their private sector employees, known as the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice). The Illinois legislature describes Secure Choice as a “simple … Continue reading

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Independent Contractors or Employees?: An Über Question

In an advice memo released on May 14th, theNational Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded that Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees. This classification means that under federal labor laws, Uber drivers will be virtually unable to unionize, participate in workplace … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Changes in Illinois

In February, Governor JB Pritzker signed a piece of legislation that will set Illinois on track to reach a statewide minimum wage of $15.00 by 2025. To mitigate the effect this change has on small employers, the law allows employers … Continue reading

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New Year, New and Amended Employment Laws

Over the past year, the Illinois General Assembly and Chicago City Council have enacted or modified several laws and ordinances that affect employers. Sifting through the specific legal language can be tricky, so we’ve summarized the most important changes that are relevant to employers. … 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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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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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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