Articles From Richard A. Russo

The So-Called ‘Workers’ Rights Amendment’ Will Hurt Illinois Employees By Julie A. Noel & Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, October 2022 The so-called Workers’ Rights Amendment purports to create a fundamental right to bargain collectively and protect “economic welfare and safety at work,” among other things, but if ratified by voters on Nov. 8, it will hurt Illinois employees.
Use of third-party litigation exception to American Rule to recover attorney fees in enforcement of non-competition agreement By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, April 2016 Employers seeking to enforce a non-competition agreement may still be able to recover their attorney fees by pursuing a tortious interference claim against the third party employing the former employee in violation of the non-competition agreement.
Employers beware: The emerging anti-bullying/non-discriminatory hostile work environment claim By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, March 2014 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.
Please check your guns at the door: Employer rights under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, August 2013 The Act provides those employers not included on the list of prohibited areas with the flexibility to determine whether or not they wish to permit employees and visitors with concealed carry licenses to carry concealed firearms in the workplace.
A snowy day and exempt employees’ pay By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, March 2011 Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, do exempt employees have to be paid their salary for days they are absent on account of their employer closing the business due to inclement weather? May an employer require exempt employees to use vacation days/paid-time-off for time missed as a result of the employer closing its business due to inclement weather? Apparently “yes,” according to the United States Department of Labor and applicable case law.
He said, she said: Handling uncorroborated allegations of sexual harassment By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, June 2008 While most of the general principles and steps for conducting an effective sexual harassment investigation apply to investigations involving uncorroborated allegations, there are a few additional issues that an employer should consider.
Seventh Circuit clarifies “cat’s paw” doctrine By Richard A. Russo Labor and Employment Law, August 2007 In Brewer v. Board of Trustees of University of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the law regarding the “cat’s paw” doctrine.

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