Employer has no duty to bargain on recent pension changesJuly 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 320Under the recently amended Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, employers have no affirmative duty to bargain with employees for matters regarding changes, impact of changes, and implementation of changes made to Articles 14, 15, and 16 of the Illinois Pension Code.
The Tipping Point: The End of Automatic Gratuities?By Brian RothMay 2014Article, Page 230Many restaurants impose a set gratuity on large groups to make sure servers get their fair share. But a new IRS ruling classifies automatic gratuities as service charges, not tips.
Medical Marijuana Comes to IllinoisBy Ed FinkelApril 2014Article, Page 172What will the Medical Cannabis Act mean for patients? For employers? Others? Prepare to advise clients about what some are calling the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country.
Workplace Social Media Policies That WorkBy Angela S. McQuageJanuary 2014Article, Page 32Employers understandably want to create policies limiting employees' social media posts about company business. But the NLRA imposes some surprising limits.
The Perils of Unpaid InternshipsBy Christopher KeleherDecember 2013Article, Page 626As courts grapple with whether unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws, businesses - including law firms - should review their programs.
Workers’ Comp and Temporary or ‘Borrowed’ WorkersBy James P. LoobyAugust 2013Article, Page 426With more employers turning to staffing agencies, determining who the real employer is and isn't - and thus whom the worker might be able to sue in civil court - is trickier than ever.
The Tougher, Broader Illinois Prevailing Wage ActBy Kara M. Pomerantz PrincipeJanuary 2013Article, Page 42Counsel to contractors, governmental bodies, and workers take note: recent changes to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and the law interpreting it have broadened its reach and toughened requirements and penalties. Find out what it means for your clients.
Noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants ruled enforceableOctober 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 520On July 17, 2012, the fourth district appellate court held as a matter of law that noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants between a tax preparation service and tax preparer for two and one years, respectively, were enforceable even if the tax preparer only agreed to work for 104 days.
Enforcing Non-Compete Clauses in Illinois after Reliable FireBy Kelly M. Greco, David J. Fish, and Shannon BarnabyApril 2012Article, Page 196A look at enforcing restrictive covenants in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court's Reliable Fire ruling, complete with practice tips for lawyers on both sides of a non-compete case.
The “Cat’s Paw” Theory in Illinois after StaubBy Alexandra Lee Newman and Yelena ShagallFebruary 2012Article, Page 88In Staub, the Supreme Court expanded the "cat's paw" theory, which holds that an unbiased decisionmaker can be liable for employment discrimination. The article looks at what the decision means for Illinois practitioners.