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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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Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

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Less than three weeks ago, I wrote a blog regarding why employers needed to be prepared for the reality that the Corona COVID – 19 virus could shut down business. At that time, there had only been two confirmed Illinois cases – three weeks later, Illinois has over 1,000 known cases of COVID 19s, the Governor has issued a “shelter in place” order for all non-essential workers, and employers are forced to face a reality that their workplace and workforce may never look the same.


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IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

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All Illinois employers must provide yearly sexual harassment prevention training starting this year. Illinois Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) , Section 2-109,requiring Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020, and then annually thereafter.


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Illinois Employers Should Be Prepared For Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

Illinois Employers Should Be Prepared For Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

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Illinois has had only two confirmed cases of the Corona COVID-19 virus and both patients recovered. According to the Illinois Dept. of Health, there are no known, infectious Illinois residents at this time. Nevertheless, employers need to plan.

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Categories Employment Law General Litigation


Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act Expand the Scope of Harassment

Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act Expand the Scope of Harassment

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Illinois’ Human Rights Act has been amended to enlarge its scope of potential harassment violations, including both an expansion of the definition of employer as well as expansion of the definition of harassment and an extension of the Illinois Human Rights Act to protect non-employees.

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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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