Articles in Employment & Labor

Artificial Intelligence in Recruiting and Hiring

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Tommorowland Today:  The Illinois Legislature Responds to the Rise of A.I. in the Employment Sphere Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is no longer just a sci-fi movie device.  This branch of computer science has grown to become an essential part of the technology industry.  You may recognize your own use of AI in products such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon Echo, or Read More

IEP Meetings Covered Under FMLA

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DOL Issues New Opinion Letter On the Intersection of IEP Meetings and the FMLA Most employers and their human resources specialists are acquainted with the protections afforded to employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Quite often employers interact with the FMLA when an employee needs time off of work to recover from an extended illness or other medical Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs “Game-Changing” Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Protections into Law

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On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a recently passed bill that dramatically alters the landscape of workplace discrimination and harassment protections in New York State. As we reported in our June 2019 Client Alert, the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature passed a sweeping bill extending workplace protections against all forms of discrimination and harassment on a Read More

Illinois is Changing the Conversation on Salaries. How Do Employers Prepare?

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A new amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act seeks to ensure gender pay equity. As discussed in our recent posting, New Illinois Law Bans Employers from Asking about Salary History,” starting Sept. 29, 2019, employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants (and their former employers) about wage, salary or benefits history. The following frequently asked questions cover important information employers Read More

Chicago’s Fair Workweek Law Will Mandate Notice of Employee Schedules. Are Employers Ready?

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Effective July 1, 2020 many Chicago employers will be required to give employees 10 days’ notice of their calendar workweek schedule (increasing to 14 days on July 1, 2022) or instead make a “Predictability Payment.” Here’s an overview of the new ordinance: What is a Covered Employer? The new law applies to employers that operate primarily in a “Covered Industry,” Read More

The Illinois Cannabis Act: What Employers Need To Know When Reviewing Workplace Policies

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On June 25, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Illinois Cannabis Act, which will end cannabis prohibition in Illinois starting Jan. 1, 2020 and will allow adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed stores. The new law will undoubtedly have a direct impact on employers’ current drug testing policies. So what should employers do? Read More

New Illinois Law Bans Employers from Asking About Salary History

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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 previous employers about salary history during the hiring process. The No Salary History law, designed to help close the wage gap between men and women doing the same jobs, Read More

Illinois Expedites Health Care Waiver Application Process for Applicants with Arrests or Convictions

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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 seek a waiver to work in the healthcare industry. Over the next 10 years, the healthcare field is projected to be the fastest growing sector in Illinois. Previously, the Read More

CALIFORNIA BANS EMPLOYERS AND EDUCATORS FROM DISCRIMINATING ON HAIRSTYLES

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Employers and educators should be aware that on July 3, 2019, California became the first state to explicitly ban discrimination in employment and education based on natural Black hairstyles. Several steps may need to be taken before the new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (the “CROWN Read More

New York State Bans Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Protective Hairstyles and Other Traits Associated with Race

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On July 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill amending the definition of “race” in the New York State Human Rights Law to include “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” As a result, discrimination based on hair texture and protective hairstyles and other traits historically associated with race Read More