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).

Mandatory Retirement Plans For Small Business

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 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 […]

Private Arbitration is Not Always a Home Run for Employers

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 […]