A break for IDHR complainants?
Cooper v. Salazar is a class action lawsuit now pending before the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, before Judge Milton I. Shadur. Plaintiffs are alleging that certain 1996 amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA") violate the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Courts void FMLA regulations
In Dormeyer v. Comerica Bank-Illinois, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 17727 (7th Cir. 2000) the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found certain Department of Labor Regulations implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act were improper.
Discrimination in hiring: employers beware of testers!
On July 5, 2000, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court with binding authority in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, decided that an employer can be held liable for money damages for failing to hire minority applicants even though the applicants do not really want the job.
EEOC and IDHR training offered
The Illinois Department of Human Rights offers training programs for employers that are free-of-charge through its Institute for Training and Development.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Is your supervisor really exempt?
Generally speaking, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that you pay all employees overtime for any work in excess of forty hours in a workweek. Overtime is to be paid at the rate of one and one-half times the straight hourly rate for the employee working.
Seventh Circuit on severance pay
In Sandstrom v. Cultor Food Science, Inc., ______ F.3d _____ (7th Cir. May, 25, 2000), 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 11570, the court dealt with an employee's argument that, since another employee had received severance pay, he should, too.
Supreme Court alert
State and local employers can force employees to use accumulated compensatory time, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.