By Tracy Billows, Sara Fowler, Ala Salameh, Josh Seidman, and Meg Toth

What You Need To Know:

  • The legislation would provide eligible Illinois employees with up to 12 weeks of leave in a 24-month period, to be used for time
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    By Danielle Kays and James Nasiri

    Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 30, 2022, the Illinois Second District Appellate Court reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in Defendant’s favor in a case entitled Mora v. J&M Plating, Inc. The lawsuit was initiated by a former employee of the Defendant metal finisher, alleging that Defendant violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy

    Continue Reading Illinois Appellate Court Holds Businesses Must Implement Biometric Retention and Destruction Policies Before Collecting Biometric Data

    By Pamela Q. Devata and Jennifer L. Mora

    Seyfarth Synopsis: Each year, employers revisit and possibly modify their background screening policies and practices to account for newly enacted ban-the-box and other laws impacting background screening. Last year, we saw some major developments, which are highlighted in this blog.

    Illinois

    Illinois amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to make it
    Continue Reading Another Busy Year for Employment-Purposed Background Checks: What Happened in 2021?

    By James L. CurtisAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

    Seyfarth Synopsis: Labelling the Delta-variant surge as the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated,” on August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Prtizker announced that Illinois residents must wear masks indoors, and that school and health care staff must be vaccinated.

    Cook County and the City of Chicago both had
    Continue Reading Illinois Governor Announces Mask Mandate for All Indoor Settings, Regardless of Vaccination

    By Sara Fowler

    Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 21, 2021, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting retaliation against any employee who takes leave from work to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and requiring any employer that mandates its employees receive the vaccine to provide up to four hours of paid time off per dose.

    Effective April 21, 2021,
    Continue Reading The No Penalty Shot: Chicago Passes Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance

    By Ada W. Dolph

    Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth has been working closely with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to advance Illinois House Bill 559, sponsored by House Representatives Jim Durkin, Dan Caulkins, and Thomas M. Bennett.  The bill has advanced out of Committee and is anticipated to be up for a vote this week.  Seyfarth and the Chamber urge
    Continue Reading Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) Legislative Alert: Contact Your Legislator Today to Urge Passage of House Bill 559 Amending BIPA

    By Danielle R. Rabie, Megan P. Toth, and Erin Dougherty Foley

    Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 19th and 26th, 2021, Illinois legislatures introduced new bills that, if passed, would get rid of at-will employment, only allowing employers to terminate employees for just-cause, and require severance pay for terminated employees, effective January 1, 2022.

    On February 19th and February 26th,
    Continue Reading An End to At-Will Employment in Illinois? Newly Introduced Legislation Seeks to do Just That

    By Pamela Q. Devata and Jennifer L. Mora

    Seyfarth Synopsis: Illinois currently has a ban-the-box law restricting employers from asking about criminal history generally until after an interview and the state’s Human Rights Act makes it unlawful for an employer to take action against an applicant or employee based solely on the fact that the person has been arrested for
    Continue Reading Illinois Set to Provide Enhanced Employment Protections to Ex-Offenders

    By Kyla J. Miller and Tracy M. Billows

    Seyfarth Synopsis: The 4th Circuit rejected a punitive damages award won by a male AutoZone worker who accused the Company of blatantly ignoring complaints of sexual harassment by his female co-worker, finding that managers who failed to act on his complaint, without proof of intentional conduct, did not warrant a punitive
    Continue Reading Punitives Are Meant to Punish: So What Happens When Management Watches & Ignores Complaints of Female-on-Male Sexual Harassment?

    By Thomas M. Horan and Erin Dougherty Foley

    Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective January 1, 2020, the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) to, among other items, require all employers in Illinois to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all employees, and further require additional, industry-specific sexual harassment prevention training for restaurants and bars. The
    Continue Reading IDHR Releases Guidance on Workplace Transparency Act Compliance, Promises Model Training In February