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Mar
20
2020
The emergence of COVID-19 has created new federal emergency sick and family leave requirements. We answer frequently asked questions in this post.
Mar
04
2020
Gary Savine is again a featured panelist in this year’s webinar series Employee Assets: The Life Cycle Of The Employment Relationship hosted by Financial Poise. For this third webinar in the 2020 series, Show Them The Money: Wage & Hour Compliance, the panel will address mistakes commonly made by employers and will endeavor to provide […]
Feb
26
2020
Recently, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published its final overtime rule, which changed exemption levels for white collar employees. You can find it in full on the DOL’s website. The final rule became effective January 1, 2020, which gave employers very little time to review and adjust the pay of their exempt workforce to comply with the law. For those who may still be catching up, here’s what you need to know...
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.
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.
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.