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Newsletter articles from 2014
Ban the Box Law will soon apply to small Chicago employers
On November 5, 2014, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that effectively makes the recently-passed Illinois’ Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (commonly known as the Ban the Box Law) apply to Chicago employers with fewer than 15 employees.
Constitutional challenges made to the Pension Reform Act
This article starts with a discussion of the state of the law prior to the Constitutional Convention of 1970 and what led to the addition of the Pension Protection Clause in the Illinois Constitution. It then proceeds to discuss the various challenges made to the law, and finally provides an update on the status of the suits, including the order of injunctive relief entered by the Court on May 14, 2014.
Employers beware: The emerging anti-bullying/non-discriminatory hostile work environment claim
Although the Act, and similar anti-bullying bills considered by 24 state legislatures, were not enacted into law, there is sure to be other attempts in the near future to introduce anti-bullying legislation similar to the Act and modeled after the Healthy Workplace Bill. As such, this emerging area of law is one that employers need to continue to keep an eye on.
Is “pofluenza” a future protected category to The Illinois Human Rights Act?
People in areas that are less affluent are more likely to have lower credit scores and other negative background information in their files. Given two prospective employees with the same four-year degree and level of work experience, the credit report and background check may be the deciding factor in hiring.
The new Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act
This new Act prohibits an employer or employment agency from inquiring about, considering, or requiring disclosure of the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified that he or she has been selected for an interview or, if there is not an interview, until after a conditional offer of employment is made.
New NLRB Notice format
In Durham School Services, L.P., 360 NLRB No. 85 (2014) The National Labor Relations Board took another step into the future.
NLRB General Counsel identifies issues of interest
In MEMORANDUM GC 14-0, issued February 25, 2014, Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, provided a list of matters that should be submitted to the Division of Advice.
Recent updates items of interest to labor & employment practitioners.