By Christine HendricksonAnnette Tyman, and Rhandi Childress Anderson

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 31, 2019, the Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB0834 into law, amending the state’s Equal Pay Act.  The amendments toughen the state’s pay equity protections and includes a salary history ban, among other provisions.  This adds Illinois to the growing list of states barring
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By Latoya R. Laing, Kevin M. Young, Tracy M. Billows, Sara Fowler

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week the Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, arguably the most expansive law of its kind. When the law takes effect in July 2020, it will require covered employers to publish employee schedules at least ten days in advance
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By Kyla J. Miller and Tracy M. Billows

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Illinois Senate unanimously passed an all-encompassing sexual harassment bill, which hits all of the big ticket workplace sexual harassment hot topics, including imposing sexual harassment training and extensive reporting requirements, bans on non-disclosure agreements, arbitration clauses and non-disparagement clauses, and hefty penalties for non- compliance. Whether the House will
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By Condon McGlothlen and Colton D. Long

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since 2001, Illinois has required that employers provide unpaid nursing or lactation breaks for working mothers. Effective last week, at least some of those breaks must now be paid.

On August 21, 2018, Governor Rauner signed a bill amending the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. The amendment took
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By Pamela Q. Devata , Robert T. Szyba, and Stacey L. Blecher

Seyfarth Synopsis: Over the past few years, restrictions regarding the use of credit checks by employers on applicants and employees have been passed at various state and municipal levels, and the federal government has indicated its own concerns of potential discriminatory impact of the use of
Continue Reading Using Credit Histories in Employment Decisions: An Overview of Divergent State & Local Requirements

By Christopher W. Kelleher, Tracy M. Billows, and Joshua D. Seidman

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Illinois General Assembly will consider the proposed Healthy Workplace Act which, if passed into law, will require most Illinois employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Illinois legislators have caught the paid sick leave bug that has been going around the
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By Megan P. Toth

Seyfarth Synopsis: Illinois enacts child bereavement leave, requiring employers provide paid leave should an employee experience the loss of a child.

On July 29, 2016, Illinois became one of only two states (the other being Oregon) to require certain employers provide unpaid leave to employees who suffer the loss of a child. Under the Illinois
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By: Marc R. Jacobs

On January 4, 2015, Governor Quinn signed into law the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act.  With this law, Illinois becomes the first state to mandate a retirement savings plan for private sector employees.  The Governor stated that this law responds to the problems resulting from the fact that 1/3 of Illinois retirees rely on Social
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By: Kelsey P. Montgomery

When new management moves in to an organization, sweeping changes to standing company policies often result.  The intention may be to signal a changing of the guard, to shake things up, or to simply update or improve internal processes.  Whatever the reason, common sense must guide implementation of such broad changes (especially if made before new
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