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7th Circuit Restricts Extent of Medical Leave Under ADA

By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member While all employers with 50 or more employees must provide their employees up to 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), less clear is how much additional time beyond those 12 weeks an employer must provide its employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The new Seventh Circuit Court…

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EMPLOYEE DECLINED VACCINATIONS AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS: EMPLOYER OBLIGATION TO ACCOMMODATE

By: Storrs Downey We have previously written an article on religious accommodations,“Religious Accommodations In The Workplace: Practical Lessons,” DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2016, and continue to keep a close eye on how the courts are addressing religious protections within the context of the employment setting. In 2016 Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, was sued by the…

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COOK COUNTY AND CHICAGO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

By: Jessica B. Jackler On July 1, 2017, Cook County’s minimum wage increased to $10.00 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.95 for tipped employees. Chicago’s new minimum wage increased to $11.00 per hour for non-tipped and $6.10 for tipped employees. All employers that maintain a business facility within the geographic boundaries of Chicago and/or are subject to one or…

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Employees are Giving Companies “the Finger” Over Use of Biometrics

By: Jessica Jackler, Associate You may have heard about biometrics in the news lately involving certain tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Snapchat. Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated recognition. Although more commonly recognized in the consumer context, the use of biometrics in the workplace is now leading to lawsuits against major…

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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

By: Storrs Downey, Capital Member 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…

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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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