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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
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
The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a rule (the “Final Rule”) to update the federal white collar overtime exemptions. The Final Rule, which takes effect on December 1, 2016, doubles the salary threshold—from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, or … Continue reading
It’s an unsettling time for franchisors. The NLRB’s new “indirect control” standard for finding a joint employer relationship (discussed here) is ambiguous and leaves many franchisors confused about how to protect their brand without becoming a joint employer with their … Continue reading
In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) replaced a decades-old standard for determining whether a joint employer relationship exists between two or more employers that retain some degree of control over the same set of employees. … Continue reading
On April 28, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an advisory opinion to the NLRB Chicago Region regarding joint employment. The NLRB concluded that neither Freshii Development, L.L.C. (“Freshii”), a fast-casual restaurant franchisor with over 100 franchised locations, … Continue reading
On December 19, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (including a regional office in Chicago) filed 13 complaints against McDonald’s for alleged violations of federal labor laws by its franchisees. The complaints allege that the franchisees and the company punished … Continue reading