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Best Practices and Considerations for Employee Demand Letters, Charges and Early-Stage Lawsuits

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Program

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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Chicago, IL 60606

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By Linda C. Schoonmaker and Eron F. Reid

Seyfarth Synopsis: Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories, LLC (“BMGL”) is in the genetic test business. BMGL sells its tests to its “channel partners,” who in return test specimens ordered by physicians. Brandon Perthuis became BMGL’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing in early 2015. The two-page employment agreement drafted by BMGL provided
Continue Reading Do You Really Want to Keep Paying Commissions to the Salesperson You Fired?

By Jennifer L. Mora

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2022, Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee signed “The Rhode Island Cannabis Act,” which grants adults aged 21 and older the right to possess and grow certain amounts of cannabis for recreational use. Retail sales are expected to begin as early as December 1, 2022. The new law, which is effective
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By A. Scott HeckerAdam R. YoungJames L. Curtis, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA is highlighting those employed through staffing agencies, generally called temporary or supplied workers, on its homepage. “Temporary workers” are workers supplied to a host employer and paid by a staffing agency, whether or not
Continue Reading OSHA Focuses on Temporary Worker Employer Responsibilities and Guidance

By Adam R. YoungA. Scott Hecker, Patrick D. Joyce, Mark A. Lies, II, James L. CurtisBrent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The WHO and the CDC issued statements and FAQs on the monkeypox disease, declaring the disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

On July 23, 2022, the
Continue Reading WHO Declares Monkeypox Disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

By Alex Meier

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, in connection with a House Oversight hearing, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to restrict confidentiality provisions from covering claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The “Accountability for Workplace Misconduct Act,” H.R. 8146, appears to be a federal effort to expedite the state-level trend to exempt discrimination, harassment, and retaliation information
Continue Reading House Introduces Legislation Restricting Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements

By Linda C. Schoonmaker and Tayte Doddy (Summer Fellow)

Seyfarth Synopsis: Even before the pandemic made in-person work in many industries a thing of the past many employers had stopped requiring that their employees execute employee agreements like non-competition and arbitration agreements with a  “wet signature”. Instead, those kind of agreements frequently are acknowledged by the employee electronically. Although the
Continue Reading Seriously? The Second Circuit Makes Life More Difficult For Employers Who Use Electronic Signatures For Agreements With Their Employees

By Gillian B. Lepore, Vy’Shaey M. Mitchell, and Sara Eber Fowler

Seyfarth Synopsis: Chicago’s amendments to its Human Rights Ordinance expanding the definition of sexual harassment and implementing new policy and training requirements go into effect on July 1, 2022. Employers should ensure that they are updating their policies and training plans accordingly.

The City of
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By Samantha L. Brooks and Eric J. Janson

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Lyons v. City of Alexandria, No. 20-1656, 2022 WL 1739987 (4th Cir. June 1, 2022), the Court issued an employer-friendly decision under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., (“Title VII”), reiterating that employers should not be punished “for
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 By Christina Jaremus, Adam J. Rongo, and Erin Dougherty Foley

 Seyfarth Synopsis: Recent and Important Amendments to Illinois’ One Day Rest in Seven Act.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to re-think about the way we live and work in a number of ways.  For instance, exceedingly flexible teleworking schedules in work settings conducive to remote work seem
Continue Reading Amendments To Illinois’ One Day Rest in Seven Act Mitigates Against Hunger Pangs and Rest Deprivation