Disclaimer

Feb
10
2020
Providing a safe working environment includes managing pandemics, like Coronavirus. Marketplace Morning Report (2/10/20) explores how to raise health as a topic in the workplace to keep all employees informed and safe.
Feb
19
2020
Gary Savine is a featured panelist in this year’s webinar series Employee Assets: The Life Cycle Of The Employment Relationship hosted by Financial Poise. For this second webinar in the 2020 series, An Ounce of Prevention: Policies, Procedures and Proactivity, the panel will address how to proactively review policies and procedures to maintain compliance standards. The webinar will air on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. CST.
Jan
28
2020
Illinois employers still have time to dust off their strategies for complying with paid sick time laws, including special duties that trigger only during public health emergencies, but they must act quickly or face a costly absenteeism crisis.
Jan
22
2020
Gary Savine will be a featured panelist in this year’s webinar series Employee Assets: The Life Cycle Of The Employment Relationship hosted by Financial Poise. The first in the 2020 series, this panel will address recruiting and hiring, including restrictive covenants. The 2020 webinar series will launch on Tuesday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. CST. This is the second year Gary has served on the Financial Poise faculty. In 2019, Gary spoke on wage and hour compliance and workplace investigations.
Jan
13
2020
On January 1, 2020, recreational cannabis use became legal in the State of Illinois. But as we previously reported here, Illinois’ new cannabis law raised questions about whether employers could continue workplace cannabis testing under circumstances previously taken for granted, including pre-employment and random testing. On December 4, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-593 (The “Amendments”) in an apparent attempt to answer those questions and include certain new protections for workplace drug testing. Today’s post describes these amendments and identifies what employers should do now.
Jan
10
2020
We’re pleased to share that Gary Savine, principal, Savine Employment Law, Ltd. was featured in the January, 2020 cover story of the Illinois Bar Journal on the topic of recreational cannabis. The article, “Ready or Not, Cannabis Is Here,” by Ed Finkel, covers the myriad of legal issues raised by the availability of legal, recreational […]
Dec
02
2019
As we polish off the last of the Thanksgiving turkey, we’re reminded that for some, particularly those suffering from holiday-triggered depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, the holiday season can induce a psychological decline that leaves them unable to work. And as a recent federal appeals court ruling points out, this decline may trigger FMLA rights, even if the affected employee never specifically asks for leave.
Nov
18
2019
An employment lawyer can help with unpaid wage claims, often with better and faster results than by filing a claim with the IDOL or USDOL on your own. Some of the benefits to workers include: reduced waiting times, increased recovery of unpaid wages and the support of an advocate who knows if there are other violations by the employer and can help protect a worker from retaliation by the employer. For employers, hiring an attorney to help the company comply with wage laws can prevent negative PR and improve the bottom line.
Nov
05
2019
The Chicago Auto Trade Association published our article about new overtime rules, effective January 1, 2020 in the CATA Bulletin.
Nov
05
2019
The weekend’s news from McDonald’s that the board ousted CEO Steve Easterbrook for conducting what is described in the press as a “consensual relationship” in the workplace is a topic we'll review in today's post along with what tools are available to companies to manage workplace dating.