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INDIANA EMPLOYERS MAY ASK APPLICANTS ABOUT THEIR CRIMINAL HISTORY

By: Maital Savin, Associate On 7/1/17, Indiana enacted Senate Enrolled Act 312, which prohibits the state and municipalities from enacting laws or ordinances that restrict employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories. Indiana is the first state in the nation to pass such a law. In fact, for the past decade, in many states and municipalities across the…

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7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of ADA Case

Dear Colleague: Last month, the 7th Circuit affirmed the US. District Court’s decision, which granted our Motion for Summary Judgment and resulted in the dismissal of the entirety of an ADA suit against our client, a Chicago hotel. Plaintiff was terminated after being caught on video sleeping in the hotel lobby while a fight broke out among hotel guests. Nevertheless,…

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Sexual Harassment Claims: Top Stories

By: Maital Savin, Associate Although most employers understand that sexual harassment is prohibited at work, such claims continue unabated–even in 2017. A few recent headlines provide good reminders of why employers should continue to take action to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in their own workplaces. First, an Illinois federal jury awarded $6.45 million to two women who were fired…

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7th Circuit Issues Groundbreaking Decision Holding That Sexual Orientation Is Protected Under Title VII

By: Maital Savin, Associate On 4/4/17, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Comm. College, No. 15-1720 (7th Cir. Apr. 4, 2017) (en banc),  the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a significant opinion, holding that sexual orientation discrimination is a type of sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII. In Hively, a part-time adjunct professor alleged that her former employer repeatedly denied…

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Chicago, Cook County & Illinois Employers: What You Need To Know About Paid Sick Leave

By: Maital Savin, Associate Chicago, Cook County and Illinois employers have not one, not two, but three sick leave ordinances with which they must comply, beginning in 2017. Read on for a quick and easy summary of what you need to know. Chicago and Cook Country Sick Leave Ordinances On 7/1/17, separate Chicago and Cook County ordinances providing for paid…

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Top Five Things Employers Can Do To “Spring Clean” In The Employment Realm

As we enter the spring months, there are a number of things employers can do to pro-actively “spring clean” in the employment realm. Here are our top five recommendations: Update Or Prepare An Employee Handbook.  Not only will an up to date handbook allow for more clear and consistent application of company policies, but it can also help support employers…

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Employers: Are You Ready For OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard?

By: Maital Savin, Associate OSHA recently issued a final rule on crystalline silica exposure. (§1926.1153). Beginning in June 2017 for the construction industry and June 2018 for the maritime and general industry, employers that engage in silica generating applications, such as cutting, grinding, drilling or breaking concrete and/or masonry, must fully comply with the new standard and have a written…

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Overtime Rules To Go Into Overtime

As we reported in our July and November 2016 newsletters, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) previously released regulations which would significantly impact employers’ responsibility to pay overtime wages by requiring employers to pay overtime to employees who earn less than $913 week. The regulations were scheduled to take effect on 12/1/16. However, various groups filed challenges to the regulations…

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New OSHA Reporting Requirements To Take Effect 12/1/16

By: Maital Savin, Associate In our July 2016 newsletter, we advised you that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a new rule regarding workplace injury reporting, the first phase of which was originally scheduled to take effect on 8/10/16.  Shortly thereafter, a number of employers and employer groups filed suit challenging OSHA’s new rule with the US District…

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Well-Documented Support For Termination May Overcome Discrimination Claim

By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member While it is not the only factor a court looks at, where an employer has a written history of ongoing disciplinary reports on an employee, this can be quite helpful in potentially defeating a claim of discrimination. In  Simpson v. Franciscan Alliance, Inc., 2016 WL 3536669 (7th Cir. 6/28/16), the Seventh Circuit affirmed the lower…

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