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Employment Law

The Employment Law attorneys at McKenna Storer handle a broad range of matters for employers from representing them before various administrative agencies and courts to offering counseling and preventative services. Our attorneys regularly defend claims brought under state and federal human rights statutes such as Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.


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Check List of Major Changes in Laws Governing the Workplace in Illinois

Check List of Major Changes in Laws Governing the Workplace in Illinois

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Illinois has had significant changes in the laws governing the workplace in 2019 and 2020. Employers can be hit with serious legal consequences for ignoring these major changes in laws governing the workplace.

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Illinois Requires Mandatory Disclosures Of Sexual Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination Judgments

Illinois Requires Mandatory Disclosures Of Sexual Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination Judgments

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Illinois, in its quest toward curbing sexual harassment in the workplace, has amended the Illinois Human Rights Act, to require annual disclosures of sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination in the work place.

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Illinois Employers Need to know About The New Laws Governing Employee Arbitration Clauses

Illinois Employers Need to know About The New Laws Governing Employee Arbitration Clauses

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Illinois has new restrictions with respect to all employment agreement, including written arbitration agreements.

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Illinois Employers Need to Know About Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

Illinois Employers Need to Know About Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

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Illinois employers need to be aware of the new mandatory sexual harassment training requirements.

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Employers Need to Be Aware of the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act

Employers Need to Be Aware of the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act

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Illinois hotels and casinos need to begin to prepare for a new employee safety law taking effect in 2020 known as the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act,820 ILCS 325/5-10.

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The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act’s Effect on Sexual Harassment Nondisclosure and Nondisparagement Clauses

The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act’s Effect on Sexual Harassment Nondisclosure and Nondisparagement Clauses

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In a prior blog, I discussed Illinois’ continuing attempts to curb sexual harassment through its enactment of Public Act 101-0221. One important aspect of Public Act 101-0221 is the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act.

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Illinois Employers Need to Be Aware of New Sexual Harassment Protections

Illinois Employers Need to Be Aware of New Sexual Harassment Protections

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There are many new laws giving Illinois employees more protection against sexual harassment in the workplace. On August 9, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0221 into law.

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The Equitable Restrooms Act to Take Effect in Illinois

The Equitable Restrooms Act to Take Effect in Illinois

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Illinois has passed a law that requires all single-occupancy public bathrooms be labeled as gender-neutral. The Equitable Restrooms Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, mandates that all single-occupancy restrooms “in a place of public accommodation or public building” to be identified as “all-gender and designated for use by no more than one person at a time or for family or assisted use…

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Illinois’ New Tool Against Discriminatory Pay: The No Salary History Law

Illinois’ New Tool Against Discriminatory Pay: The No Salary History Law

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Governor Pritzker signed into law the No Salary History Law, which will advance equal pay in Illinois. The No Salary History Law will strengthen both the Federal Equal Pay Act and Illinois’ Equal Pay Act by prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s past wages during the hiring process.


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Which Pronoun Fits Your Employee?

Which Pronoun Fits Your Employee?

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I was recently at a seminar at a large university where the speaker stood at the podium and stated, “Hi, my name is… and the pronouns I most identify with are “ze, zirzirs.” The next speaker did the same, only this time the pronouns were “ze, hir and hirs.” A couple sitting next to me whispered to each other, “What’s a pronoun?” “Pronouns are he or she.” “Why did she say he?”


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