Illinois Non-Compete Laws Coming in 2022

As states across the country continue to impose limitations on non-competition and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees, Illinois has recently followed suit by codifying new restrictions. On May 31, 2021, Illinois’ state

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What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Employers

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”). The ARPA contains a $1.9 trillion budget and has several provisions that directly affect employers.
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Can Employers Require Employees to get a Vaccination

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the workforce and present uncertainty and unique challenges to employers and employees. With the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccination comes another difficult question that both employers and employees

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EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Covid-19

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to employers seeking to keep their employees and customers safe while also remaining in compliance with the law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has

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What Should Employers Consider in Their Return to Work Policies?

As employers begin re-opening their businesses, they must plan, prepare, and respond to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. How employers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic could minimize their potential

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Asian American Discrimination in the Wake of Covid-19

When extraordinary circumstances arise, it seems people often look for a scapegoat to wrongfully place blame. We have seen discrimination of this type demonstrated against people of Middle Eastern descent following the terrorist attacks of

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Navigating the Warn Act During Covid-19

As employers continue to deal with the ramifications of shutdowns and absences relating to COVID-19, they may consider mitigation strategies in the face of an economic or business downturn. If an employer is considering plant closings or mass

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Drug Testing in the Workplace

OSHA’s general duty clause requires an employer to provide employees with employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees. A drug [… read more]

3 Ways to mitigate risk and avoid legal liability during an interview

Interviewing is one of the hardest tasks for companies because we do not have a crystal ball to tell us which candidate to hire, or who will be the most productive in our work environment. Conducting a thoughtful, structured interview can help us [… read more]

Rotondo v. JPMorgan Chase Ruling Encourages Gender-Neutral Policies in the Workplace

In 2016, Derek Rotondo requested paid parental leave from his employer, JPMorgan Chase. He claims he was told that in most cases, only primary caregivers (presumably mothers) are eligible for the full 16 weeks of parental leave, and that he would

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