Published: November 13, 2017

As a follow up to a recent post on this blog, Illinois Equal Pay Act Likely to be Amended to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries, and in a surprising turn of events, the Illinois Senate did not overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto relating to an amendment updating the Equal Pay Act of 2003 that would, among other things, prohibit employers from inquiring about the salary history of applicants.

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Published: November 2, 2017

Following the lead of many states and cities through the country, Illinois is on the verge of amending its Equal Pay Act to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, screening job applicants based on wage history or requiring past salary meet a certain criteria. A copy of the draft amended Equal Pay Act is available for review here. This amendment is aimed at eliminating the practice of “low balling” compensation for female applicants during the recruitment

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Published: October 31, 2017

As sexual harassment becomes the subject of national conversation, some cities, such as Chicago, are making significant changes to laws in an effort to reduce harassment. A recent survey of hotels in the Chicagoland area revealed that more than half of women surveyed were sexually harassed or assaulted while at their job. As a result, on October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance aimed at protecting hotel workers.

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Published: March 6, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay’s recently published 2012 edition of the handbook, Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers, is now available. The handbook is a comprehensive resource highlighting the significant employment and labor issues facing Illinois employers. It provides practical and cost-effective advice on avoiding employment and labor-related liability and complying with state and federal laws facing employers.

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Published: September 30, 2011

In what appears to be another example of cracking down on the improper use of independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced it is entering into agreements with the IRS, as well as some state agencies (including Illinois state agencies), to share information regarding employers who have improperly classified employees. The DOL maintains that these arrangements are necessary to share information and coordinate law enforcement with the participants to end the practice of misclassifying employees.

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Published: September 29, 2011

Jason Tremblay recently obtained the reversal of several Wage Payment Demands issued by the Illinois Department of Labor (“IDOL”) on behalf of a client. The client was an assignee for the benefit of the creditors of an Illinois company that was financially distressed. Instead of filing a bankruptcy, the company elected to conduct an assignment for the benefit of creditors. In that regard, the assignee continued to wind down the operations of the business in order to liquidate assets and to pay off creditors of the company.

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Published: August 29, 2011

In a case of first impression, the Northern District of Illinois recently held in Bell v. Village of Streamwood (Case No. 10 C 3263) that an employee-union representative privilege exists as a matter of federal common law.

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Published: August 12, 2010

While the use of pre-employment credit checks has increased over the past few years, on August 10, 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Credit Privacy Act (“ICPA”). The ICPA significantly limits Illinois employers’ ability to obtain any credit history information for employment applicants, as well as for current employees. The ICPA applies to virtually all Illinois employers, only excluding banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, state law enforcement units, state and local government agencies and debt collection agencies.

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