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Illinois Employers Must Update Employee Reimbursement Policies by January 1, 2019

Illinois Employers Must Update Employee Reimbursement Policies by January 1, 2019

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The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended to require reimbursement of employees expenses, which may include higher ticket items like cellular phones, cellular data service fees, home computers and internet provider fees for employees who are expected to work remotely and more travel expenses.


Categories Business Law Employment Law


All Employers Need A Workplace Violence Policy or Plan

All Employers Need A Workplace Violence Policy or Plan

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Employers need to be proactive in formulating a written policy for workplace violence. The news is replete with stories of workplace violence. A disgruntled ex-employee, coworker or spouse of an employee, or sometimes just a random customer or stranger walks in and violence breaks out.


Categories Employment Law


Illinois Expanded Its ‘Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act’ to Require Paid Breaks for Nursing Moms

Illinois Expanded Its ‘Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act’ to Require Paid Breaks for Nursing Moms

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The Illinois Legislature recently approved amendments to the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, 820 ILCS 260, changing nursing mothersunpaid breaks to paid. Under 820 ILCS 260, Section 10, any covered employer must provide paid breaks to mothers needing time to express breast milk:


Categories Employment Law


Federal Courts Are Expanding Title VII Protections to Transgender Status and Sexual Orientation

Federal Courts Are Expanding Title VII Protections to Transgender Status and Sexual Orientation

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination “because of . . . sex.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a) (2012 Since its enactment, the Supreme Court has interpreted Title VII expansively to prohibit not only discrimination based on gender, but also same-sex sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender stereotypes. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the issue of whether discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII.


Categories Employment Law


Department of Labor Relaxes the “Unpaid Intern Test” in time for Summer Employment.

Department of Labor Relaxes the “Unpaid Intern Test” in time for Summer Employment.

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This is the season when employers are finalizing their plans for summer interns. The summer internship gives students experience in the working world and the company is provided the opportunity to get to know the student prior to extending post-graduation employment offers.


Categories Employment Law


Does the DOT Medical Exam Violate the ADA: 4 Ways Motor Carriers Can Comply with Both

Does the DOT Medical Exam Violate the ADA: 4 Ways Motor Carriers Can Comply with Both

When hiring or recruiting drivers, commercial truck driving companies must walk a tightrope between not violating the Department of Transportation’s health standards for long-haul truck drivers (DOT Regulations)


Categories Commercial Transportation Law Employment Law


What Employers Need to Know About the Legal Obligations of the Working Interview

What Employers Need to Know About the Legal Obligations of the Working Interview

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The typical job applicant will put their credentials on a job application or resume and the employer has to decipher through the job interview and background review process whether the credentials accurately reflect the applicant’s abilities and maybe more importantly, whether the applicant is a good fit for the company.

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Categories Employment Law


Service Animals and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Service Animals and the Americans With Disabilities Act

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We often see people with service dogs on the street, in the stores, and on trains and it appears as if the number is growing. People with disabilities use a service dog in order to fully participate in everyday life. Service animals perform tasks such as helping a vision impaired individual get around, to alerting a hearing loss person of what is out of sight, to providing physical stability to ambulate to even helping a person during a medical crises.


Categories Employment Law


All Employers Need To Know About The National Labor Relations Act

All Employers Need To Know About The National Labor Relations Act

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Employers too often take the approach that they do not have to worry about the National Labor Relations Act, most commonly called the NLRA, because they are not a ‘union shop.’ It is a short-sighted view. While the NLRA is most-often applied to protect union activities, employees who are not represented by a union also have rights under the NLRA.


Categories Employment Law


Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

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New allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace appear in the headlines daily now. We have all heard the reports about Harvey Weinstein, former president George H. W. Bush and now Matt Lauer.


Categories Employment Law


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