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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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.

Employment Law Services

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?”

Categories Employment Law General Litigation

In March and April Julie Ramson and Dawn Ehrenberg won a case involving a young woman, age 22, who passed away from sepsis following a ruptured duodenal ulcer. The ulcer was not discovered until autopsy because the young woman was admitted with generalized weakness, neurological abnormalities, an abnormal EKG and hypertension.

Categories General Litigation Medical Malpractice Defense

The Illinois Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is a blow to businesses that collect biometric information and identifiers (biometric data), and will likely lead to a flood of litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Categories General Litigation

Plaintiff’s 213F disclosures will contain the treating physicians that plaintiff intends to call at trial. These “treaters” are the physicians who treated the plaintiff for his alleged injuries. These can range from emergency room physicians, primary care doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, pain doctors and physical therapists.

Categories General Litigation

Chicago’s minimum wage is already the highest in the state and due to increase on July 1, 2019. Employers need to be ready for not only the overall increase in minimum wage, but also the commensurate increase in employee expectations and overtime that will go along with the Chicago minimum wage increase.

Categories General Litigation

The incoming governor-elect of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker has promised to pass legislation that legalizes the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in Illinois for adults over the age of 21.

Categories Banking and Lending General Litigation

To most attorneys, alternative dispute resolution means resolving a case through either mediation or arbitration. A third rarely used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is binding mediation. In the right situation, binding mediation may yield better results for all of the parties. In this article, we discuss the various alternative dispute resolution options and drill down on the benefits of binding mediation.

Categories General Litigation

I. Consider the Following Scenario…

Pretend that you are an investor in a new restaurant with a chef who desires to leave her current position. She thinks she will run an amazing restaurant.In addition, she even learned some delicious secret recipes from her current employer!

Categories Business Law General Litigation

A joint defense agreement provides an exception to what would be the waiver of the attorney client and work product privileges. At least one Illinois court now recognizes the validity of the joint defense agreement rule, allowing separately-represented codefendants to share privileged information without waiving the attorney-client and work-product privileges.

Categories General Litigation

Illinois hospitals routinely use physician peer reviews and hospitals and other health care facilities quality control committees to improve the quality of patient care. These reviews most-often, but not always, look into a specific patient’s care where there has been a negative outcome to determine if there is something that the can be done to improve future patient care. The purpose of the Medical Studies Act is to encourage candid and voluntary studies and programs used to improve hospital conditions and patient care or to reduce the rates of death and disease.

Categories General Litigation

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