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Illinois Employers Must Provide
Sexual Harassment Training By December 31, 2020

On January 1, 2021, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act takes effect, requiring all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment training to employees. Restaurants and bars will be subject to additional, industry-specific mandates in the new year, which … Continue reading

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Senate Passes CARES Act and DOL Issues Families First Act Guidance

The Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act the “CARES Act”), which provides businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with extensive financial relief. House passage is expected to follow shortly. The Department of Labor … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor Posts Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ’S

The U.S. Department of Labor recently posted answers to commonly asked questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The questions and answers can be found here.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”), which becomes effective April 2, 2020. Important provisions employers must be aware of include the following: Family Medical Leave Act Extension.  Division C of the Act allows … Continue reading

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Important COVID-19 Guidance For Retail Businesses

With the expansion of COVID-19 and a renewed emphasis on corporate responsibility, it’s prudent for all businesses—especially those operating in the retail sector—to formulate a plan to address various issues related to COVID-19. Retail businesses face a unique challenge during … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Selecting the Right Franchise Attorney

Michael Boxerman was quoted in a recent article discussing what to look for when selecting a franchise attorney.  Read what he has to say at 1851franchise.com.

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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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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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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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Update: Avoiding The Franchisor Joint Employer Trap

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

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