Last week, the Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee approved an amendment to the Employment Contract Act to provide that an employer may not require employees and applicants to “waive, arbitrate, or otherwise diminish any future claim, right, or benefit to which the person would otherwise be entitled under State or federal law.” By its […]
Small businesses are now required to offer mandatory retirement plans to their employees. Here’s what’s new in Illinois right now: The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice Savings Act) requires certain Illinois employers to offer retirement benefits with a state-run payroll-deduction Roth IRA. Employers must comply if they meet all of the following […]
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 […]
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that workers can be barred from pursuing class action lawsuits against their employers if they’ve signed arbitration agreements limiting their right to pursue workplace claims on an individual basis only. Many employer advocates call the Epic Systems ruling a “strike three” pitch […]
If you’re a Chicagoland employer of as few as one employee who provides employees only vacation time (or no paid time at all) to cover absence when family health and emergency situations strike, come July 1, 2017 you may be breaking the law. What to do? Call your employment lawyer in the morning and follow her prescription. Here’s what to discuss during your office visit.