Illinois Expands Employment Rights For Workers With Criminal Histories

In his inaugural address, Governor Pritzker promised to expand “true justice in our criminal justice system” and advance “economic inclusion” for Illinoisans who have previously been incarcerated. Two new laws carry out this promise and build on the efforts of 2015’s “Ban the Box” law to make it easier for the estimated 42 percent of Illinois residents with criminal backgrounds to avoid automatic disqualification and to get jobs. 

Springfield Legislators Eye Major Expansion of Discrimination Laws

By the end of this week, there’s a very good chance that the Illinois Legislature will place on Governor Pritzker’s desk for his signature HB0252 – a bill that would eliminate the minimum employee threshold, making virtually any employer with as few as one employee subject to all anti-discrimination prohibitions in the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA).

The Art of Accommodating Religion While Respecting LGBTQ Rights at Work – Are Your Company’s Practices the Next ‘Masterpiece’?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not answer the question on everyone’s mind: can a person claim exemption from laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation based on that person’s religious beliefs? As a result, the decision will likely further mobilize advocates […]