The new overtime regs: A wake-up call for lawyer employersBy Matthew HectorAugust 2016LawPulse, Page 12Too few law firms follow best practices for paying employees who work more the 40 hours a week, an employment lawyer warns. The new federal overtime rules, effective December 1, are a fresh reason for getting it right.
Bringing an Unpaid Minimum Wage Claim in IllinoisBy Brandon M. WiseJuly 2016Article, Page 36Unpaid minimum wage claims can be rewarding - and confusing. Find out how to evaluate an unpaid minimum wage case and whether to bring it in federal or state court.
The Equal Pay Act protects more employeesNovember 2015Article, Page 25Starting January 1, the Illinois Equal Pay Act will cover more workers and impose stiffer penalties on employers who violate its provisions.
The Limits on Disciplining Public Employee SpeechBy Joshua D. HermanApril 2015Article, Page 24Disciplining public-sector employees for speech that is insubordinate, inappropriate, or simply unwanted gives rise to complex legal issues. Here's a framework for analyzing them.
Employee classifications and complaint proceduresNovember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 524The Department of Labor, in accordance with legislative amendments to the Employee Classification Act, revised the regulations governing Employee Classifications to expand the definition of an "individual performing services."
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.