Changes to Illinois Leave Laws Effective January 1, 2024
Changes to Illinois Leave Laws Effective January 1, 2024
Employers with employees in Chicago and Illinois have new leave laws that will be effective January 1, 2024.
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National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Status
National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Status
The National Labor Relations Board issued a final joint employer rule which rescinds and replaces the previous joint employer standard.
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New I-9 Form for Employers
New I-9 Form for Employers
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that beginning August 1, 2023, employers should use a new Form I-9 that will be available for download beginning that date.
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Injury and Illness Reporting Change for "High-Hazard" Industries
Injury and Illness Reporting Change for "High-Hazard" Industries
On July 17, 2023, the Department of Labor (the “D.O.L.”) announced it would be implementing a final rule (29 C.F.R. § 1904.41(a)(2)) on January 1, 2024, which changes the injury and illness reporting requirements for certain businesses in “high-hazard” industries.
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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ("PWFA") is a new law that will take effect on June 27, 2023. The PWFA requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide temporary and reasonable accommodations to an employee’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.”
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Federal Trade Commission Proposes a Ban on Non-Compete Clauses in Employment Contracts
On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) which would ban non-compete clauses from employment contracts. The Proposed Rule bans non-compete clauses in contracts for employees and independent contractors.
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Benefits of an Employee Handbook
Benefits of an Employee Handbook
An Employee Handbook (sometimes called an employee manual) is a written set of policies, procedures, and practices often provided to new employees at the start of their employment with the company. An Employee Handbook is designed to provide employees with guidance, procedures, expectations (of both the employee and the employer), and other information related to their employment. Employee Handbooks can be used by employees at the start of employment to learn the employer’s core values, mission, and other pertinent onboarding information.
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EEOC Releases Updated 'Know Your Rights' Poster for Employers
EEOC Releases Updated 'Know Your Rights' Poster for Employers
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its “Know Your Rights” poster. This poster updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster.
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Tips for Hiring and Recruiting Employees
Tips for Hiring and Recruiting Employees
Employers are facing challenges when it comes to hiring and recruiting for open positions. Here are a few tips for human resource professionals looking to create a successful hiring and recruiting process.
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Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Vaccine Mandates
Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Vaccine Mandates
The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued two rulings related to vaccine mandates that involved the Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) and the vaccine mandate for health care workers.
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College Athletes Can Now Earn Name/Fame Money…What to Know Now
College Athletes Can Now Earn Name/Fame Money…What to Know Now
College athletes are eligible to earn compensation related to the use of their Name, Image and Likeness (“NAIL$”) in at least 10 states.
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Steps for Employers to Preserve a Union Free Workplace
Steps for Employers to Preserve a Union Free Workplace
The necessity of union representation has dwindled as working conditions have improved, federal and state laws protecting workers and ensuring fair work practices have been implemented and enforced, and the structure of the modern workplace has evolved. This article covers three steps an employer should take to implement a union free business philosophy and preserve a union free workplace.
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Tax Credits for Employers Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations and Recovery
Tax Credits for Employers Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations and Recovery
President Biden announced a tax credit for eligible employers that provide paid leave to employees who require time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations, including the recovery from any side effects.
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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The Act is a $1.9 trillion economic bill designed primarily to provide relief to workers and employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Department of Labor Rescinds Final Rules on Worker Classification
Department of Labor Rescinds Final Rules on Worker Classification
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) withdrew guidance it previously announced concerning Employers being allowed to offer some benefits to Independent Contractors without running into Employer classification issues. The rule was set to go into effect in March. It would have adopted a new standard concerning classification of Independent Contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
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Steinhofer Elected Partner
Steinhofer Elected Partner
Barrett McNagny LLP is pleased to announce that Rachel K. Steinhofer was elected Partner effective January 1, 2021. Ms. Steinhofer represents clients in labor and employment matters, medical practice defense, and general liability defense.
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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021
President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (“Act”). The Act is part of a much larger appropriations bill that is over 5,000 pages and includes numerous provisions.
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Guidance on Vaccinations for Employers
Guidance on Vaccinations for Employers
On December 16, 2020, the EEOC issued updated guidance for employers concerning COVD-19 vaccinations.
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NCAA, Grant-in-Aid, and NIL: “Amateurism” vs. Big Sports
NCAA, Grant-in-Aid, and NIL: “Amateurism” vs. Big Sports
As money in and around college athletics increases, so too does the disparity between an athlete’s actual cost of attending college and the benefit the university receives from the athlete. Elite talent brings an immediate return on a university’s scholarship investment.
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​“Reasonable Accommodation” and “Interactive Process”  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
​“Reasonable Accommodation” and “Interactive Process” Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Employers need to be aware of two key terms under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “reasonable accommodation” and “interactive process"
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