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BREXIT – A matter of confidence… or not, as the case may be

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As the 31 October 2019 accelerates toward us, the media is full of frenzied speculation about the existence of a constitutional mechanism that could impede the UK’s path out of the EU.  And what of a General Election? The starting point is that the UK will leave the EU at 11.00pm on 31 October 2019 unless legislation is passed providing Read More

FCC Seeks Comment on Competitive Access to Multiple Tenant Environments and Preempts San Francisco’s Competitive Access Ordinance

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In July 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)1 to review and update its rules regarding competitive access to residential and commercial multiple tenant environments (MTEs) to provide wireless and wireline broadband, telecommunications and video services. Comments are due to the FCC by August 30th, and reply comments are due September 30th. The 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

Change in Illinois Prompt Payment Law Limits Owners’ Retainage Amounts

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A recent change in Illinois law will have a significant impact on how much retainage owners are allowed to withhold in the vast majority of new construction contracts in the state. The change to the Illinois Contractors Prompt Payment Act -- effective Aug. 20, 2019 -- puts a cap on the amount of retainage that may be withheld by owners 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

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Rules Changing How Endangered Species Act is Applied

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In a move seen to be helpful to business, the federal government is changing regulations related to how the Endangered Species Act is applied. The changes, announced yesterday by the Interior Department, and virtually certain to be challenged in court by environmental advocacy groups, are expected to become effective by mid-September 2019. The Interior Department’s announcement noted that the changes Read More

How to Mind Your Business Under California’s New Push for Consumer Privacy

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Given its history of stringent regulation of many industries, it’s no surprise that California is taking consumer privacy seriously. With its sweeping new California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the state is placing an enormous compliance burden upon a vast number of companies that collect consumers’ personally identifiable information. Although the CCPA will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020, Read More