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May 26, 2020
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Last week, the Chicago City Council passed the COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which aims to protect covered employees who remain at home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are following a...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
May 26, 2020
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The Small Business Association (SBA) has published the much-anticipated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application, complete with an OMB Control Number (read: it’s official).
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 20, 2020
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The IRS issued Notice 2020-29 on May 12, 2020, to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
May 13, 2020
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This week, the Department of Labor issued further clarification on the scope of FFCRA.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 13, 2020
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Since the CARES Act became law on March 27, 2020, many businesses focused on securing a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, and it’s no wonder why: unprecedented loan forgiveness.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 11, 2020
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UPDATE: The EEOC has further updated its guidance to employers dealing with COVID-19 issues in the workplace. The new guidance reiterates that employees must let employers know that they need a...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
May 4, 2020
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Following the White House’s issuance of broad guidelines for states to implement a phased reopening of businesses subject to isolation orders stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Centers for...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
April 29, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its FAQ page on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), explaining how employers should calculate employee leave and addressing the confusion over...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 24, 2020
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UPDATE: A challenge to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s emergency amendment, described below, has resulted in a temporary hold on the rule.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
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Current guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides that employers may lawfully take an employee’s temperature upon entering the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released an alert advising employers on safety tips to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to COVID-19.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
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The already-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is expected to soon receive a $310 billion infusion of new funding in the next few days.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
Ammara H. Khan
Associate
April 20, 2020
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. The guidance is specifically intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis and...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 16, 2020
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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced its implementation of expanded unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
April 13, 2020
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A significant component of the sweeping $2 trillion economic stimulus enacted on March 27, 2020, is a $500 billion Exchange Stabilization Fund, whose ...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 10, 2020
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The CDC this week issued updated COVID-19 guidance for employers, supplementing its “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by adding to its...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 7, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary rule Monday, April 6, 2020, that provides additional guidance on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 6, 2020
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance and on Friday, April 3, 2020, issued a recommendation on the use of cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 1, 2020
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As part of the recently enacted $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress included expanded unemployment benefits in partnership with state unemployment agencies.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 31, 2020
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In addition to benefits available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act), an existing benefit under the...
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
March 30, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor issued a series of additional Q&A on March 27, 2020, updating initial guidance for the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers most employers...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 30, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic, with many companies being forced to cease operations by state-issued stay in place orders or shutting down or curtailing operations, could affect the operation of qualified retirement plans.
David M. Arnburg
Partner
March 26, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a series of Questions and Answers (Q&A) on March 25, 2020, detailing the leave requirements found in the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response...
March 24, 2020
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As noted and discussed last week on our HR Law Blog, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
March 24, 2020
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As employers nationwide have turned to teleworking to help “flatten the curve,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on March 20 that it will defer the physical presence requirement of...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 23, 2020
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To help employers grappling with how to respond and handle a variety of challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States, we have compiled some answers to frequently...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 19, 2020
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In a 90-8 vote, the Senate yesterday passed a new version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act) that was signed into law by the President. By way of...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 16, 2020
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This past weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (Response Bill) to help address the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and help mitigate its economic effects.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 11, 2020
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In our blog post back in February, we urged employers to develop and implement a plan to address the impact of a pandemic in the workplace. Since last month, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
February 14, 2020
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The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, has spread to the United States, although so far in very small numbers. The Trump administration and the World...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
February 12, 2020
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Employment laws are often grouped based on numbers – number of employees, to be exact. Sometimes, however, you can group laws by industry. This year, a number of new laws will...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
February 10, 2020
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The I-9 Form, used to verify employment eligibility, was updated January 31, 2020, by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
December 30, 2019
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3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! It’s nearly 2020, and you may have read our previous blog posts about what that means for employers in Chicago, Illinois and...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 18, 2019
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The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which seeks to bring predictability to employee scheduling, is effective as of July 1, 2020. Under the ordinance, covered employers will be required to provide 10...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 13, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced its final rule on perks and benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), defining what ...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 6, 2019
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2020 is just weeks away, and Illinois’ new law allowing adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed stores has the potential to substantially change employers’ current drug...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
November 8, 2019
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker recently signed into law the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act that makes Illinois the first state to address the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in hiring.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
November 4, 2019
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Throughout 2019, Illinois has adopted a number of laws imposing new requirements and restrictions on employers, meaning that prudent Illinois employers should consider updating their employee handbooks to ensure compliance with...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
September 25, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued its final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) increasing the salary thresholds for workers to be considered “exempt”...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
August 20, 2019
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The I-9 Form, which is used to verify employment eligibility, is set to expire August 31st.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
August 1, 2019
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A new law in Illinois seeks to advance the fight for pay equity. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on July 31, 2019, banning Illinois companies from asking job applicants or their...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
August 1, 2019
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, which provides an expedited process for applicants with arrest or conviction records to...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
July 23, 2019
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The Illinois General Assembly has passed SB 75, a bill that would require all employers in the state to provide workplace sexual harassment training to employees annually, following the trend of...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
March 27, 2019
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Attention businesses operating in Illinois: If you use a person’s “biometric” data for things like timekeeping or security, you must have a written policy under which you: (1) obtain written consent,...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 14, 2019
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Early March has come in like a lion for employers, who are now facing potential new federal rules on overtime and classification, as well as changes to how much information they...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
January 22, 2019
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As we welcome 2019, the following is a recap of new laws affecting Illinois employers. Illinois Human Rights Act The Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) now requires all Illinois employers to...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
September 4, 2018
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On August 21, 2018 the State of Illinois amended the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to prohibit an employer from reducing an employee’s compensation for breaks for nursing mothers.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
May 25, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major victory for employers across America – ruling that mandatory arbitration agreements that contain a provision prohibiting any form of class or collective...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
January 4, 2018
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The issue of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace vaulted to the forefront of most employers’ attention in 2017, with the #MeToo hashtag going viral and Time magazine naming as...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
November 7, 2017
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In a groundbreaking decision, the federal appellate court in Chicago has held that employers are not required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide an employee with a long-term...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
September 7, 2017
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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced an immediate stay and review of an Obama-era policy requiring pay information to be included on form EEO-1....

Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
September 6, 2017
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Remember last November when a federal judge put a temporary hold on significant changes to federal labor laws affecting millions of workers and their employers?
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
June 2017
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Two new local ordinances requiring employers in Cook County or Chicago to provide paid sick leave take effect on July 1, 2017.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
May 9, 2017
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The Illinois House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2462, which aims to prevent pay discrimination against women in Illinois. The bill amends the existing Equal Pay Act of 2003, which...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
April 4, 2017
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in Chicago) ruled on April 4, 2017, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which prohibits workplace discrimination...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
January 23, 2017
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Effective Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must have completely converted to using the new version of Form I-9 to verify new employee identification and U.S. employment authorization for both citizens and...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
December 29, 2016
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As we enter the new year, several new or amended employment laws will take effect for Illinois employers – and inevitably affect many individuals as well. The 2017 changes starting either...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
November 23, 2016
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On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule nationwide, scheduled to take effect next week on Thursday, December 1.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
May 2016
Publication
Companies can now bring civil actions for misappropriation of their trade secrets in federal courts through the Defense of Trade Secrets Act 2016, making it easier to prevent former or current...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
April 30, 2016
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McDonald’s and the National Labor Relations Board faced off in an administrative court to determine whether the fast-food chain is liable for the actions of its franchisees as a joint employer.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
March 2016
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Litigation over restrictive covenant agreements, including non-competes, is on the rise. Because such agreements are viewed as restraints on trade, they are generally disfavored by Illinois courts. In a recent decision,...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
June 2013
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
March 2013
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2013
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
April 2012
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
February 2011
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2011
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
April 2010
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
July 2009
Publication
David M. Arnburg
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Corporate
November 2008
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
October 2008
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
March 2008
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2008
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
August 2007
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
May 2007
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David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment