2017 Articles

Conducting a human resources audit: A primer By Mark A. Spognardi October 2017 This primer should prove helpful to all employers that are committed to having solid and lawful employment and labor relations policies and practices.
DOL fiduciary rule takes effect June 9 By Mark A. Spognardi June 2017 Important provisions of the Department of Labor’s ERISA Fiduciary Rule take effect TODAY!
Five tips for drafting privacy policies By Donata Kalnenaite, Esq. December 2017 If a website owner walks through your office door and requests that you draft a privacy policy, would you be able to help him or her?
Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act By Bernard G. Peter August 2017 An overview of this Act, which requires most employers in Illinois to offer a retirement program or provide employees a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement provided for by the Act as of July 1, 2017.
Immigration enforcement in the workplace likely to increase By Shannon M. Shepherd June 2017 A look at how employers can anticipate, prepare, and react to a visit from ICE.
An initial call for more enhanced UDRP By Colin T.J. O’Brien August 2017 Since its launch on December 1, 1999, the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) has been an effective tool to quickly remove domain names which infringe upon the trademark rights of others on the Internet.
Plan audit checklist By Bernard G. Peter October 2017 A list of the actions that should be taken to determine whether plan operations comply with plan provisions.
President Trump issues updated immigration order By Jacob Hogg & Rebecca Mancini March 2017 Foreign national employees who are from one of the listed countries should refrain from international travel for the duration of the ban – until June 14, 2017, or until further notice.
Reminder: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new digital form I-9 has taken effect By Jacob Hogg & Rebecca Mancini March 2017 Employer representatives overseeing the employment eligibility and verification process must ensure that the new Form I-9 with the revision date of Nov. 14, 2016 is used for all new hires going forward.
USCIS to suspend premium processing service beginning April 3 By Rebecca Mancini & Jacob Hogg March 2017 USCIS indicated that the temporary suspension will help them reduce overall H-1B processing times and to prioritize adjudication of pending petitions in a backlog. It is anticipated that the suspension will last for up to six months.
Why do powerful serial harassers get away with it for so long? By Richard T. Seymour December 2017 This article discusses the standards developed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids harassment based on sex, race, and other protected characteristics, and also forbids retaliation against those who oppose unlawful actions or participate in the Title VII enforcement process.