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.
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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.
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?”
On March 14, 2019, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1596 by a vote of 70-40-1. The Bill creates a statutory exception to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy provision for occupational injuries otherwise barred due to the Acts’ repose provisions.
Smaller companies often mistakenly believe that the state and federal employment discrimination laws do not apply to them because they are too small to be expected to know the laws or should not be held to the same standards of a larger company.
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.
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.