Employers win pay-disparity case in Supreme CourtBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Lawpulse, Page 398In Ledbetter, the Supreme Court rules that Title VII's filing deadline bars employment discrimination claims based on decisions that occurred outside the limitations period, even if the employee's current pay is lower because of the decisions.
Local public entity immune from retaliatory discharge claimAugust 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 404On June 6, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Lake County dismissing Gregory Smith's retaliatory discharge complaint against the Waukegan Park District.
Arbitration panel exceeded its authority by ignoring plain language of contractJune 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 292On March 29, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County confirming an arbitration award in favor of the plaintiffs on the plaintiffs' claim that defendants had improperly terminated their management agreement for several apartment complexes.
A new, stricter test for independent contractor status?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007Lawpulse, Page 230Has the Illinois Supreme Court embraced a test that makes it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees and thus avoid employee-related taxes and other expenses?
New rules for work-at-home solicitations - PA094-0999December 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 650The Illinois General Assembly has added Section 2XX to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (Act), adopting new rules to govern the solicitation of work-at-home employees. 815 ILCS 505/2XX.
No breach of fiduciary duty in planning a new, competing businessDecember 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 650On September 27, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, upheld the Circuit Court of Cook County's findings that the appellees, Hallman and McQueen, did not violate their fiduciary duties as former employees of Cooper Linse Hallman Capitol Management, Inc (Cooper).
Employers not responsible for employee fatigueOctober 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 526On July 14, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of La Salle County, dismissing plaintiff Behrens' complaint against Harrah's for failure to state a claim.
Employers' liability for employees' loose tonguesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338The Illinois Supreme Court will review an appellate court's ruling that a hospital employee has a "continuing off-shift duty" to keep confidential information about patients confidential.
Mandatory arbitration agreements are binding on employeesJune 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 284On March 23, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, which held that mandatory arbitration agreements between employers and employees are only valid if entered into "knowingly and voluntarily" by the employee.