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  • Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification, Further Limiting Wal-Mart

    Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification, Further Limiting Wal-Mart On August 7, 2015, the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court decision that had denied the certification of a class of African-American Chicago teachers. Under Illinois School Code, schools may be subject to a “turnaround” if they have been on probation for at least…

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  • Circuit split on whether internal reporting triggers whistleblower anti-retaliation protection under Dodd Frank ripe for Supreme Court determination

    In a much-anticipated decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC1 that internal reporting of alleged wrongdoing to an employer is sufficient to trigger protection under Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision. The plaintiff did not need to report externally to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in order to…

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  • Marc Siegel Talks LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

    Earlier this week, Marc Siegel joined Jill Hopkins on the Vocalo Morning Amp to discuss workplace equality. Specifically, Marc touched on the rights of members of the LGBTQ community under state and federal law. While the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago recognize LGBTQ individuals as a protected class and have enacted…

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  • President Obama Announces New Overtime Regulation

    On June 29th, President Obama announced proposed changes to the federal overtime regulations, which will greatly increase the number of employees eligible to receive overtime. Under the current regulations, an employee performing certain job duties may be exempt from overtime if he/she is paid an annual salary greater than $23,660. Read More…

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  • Higher Minimum Wage for Chicago Employees Beginning July 1, 2015

    On July 1, 2015, Chicago’s minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. This increase in the minimum wage is the first increase in a series of annual tiered minimum wage increases that will continue through 2019. Read More…

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  • Supreme Court Holds that Courts May Review EEOC’s Conciliation Duties

    Last month, the Supreme Court reversed the Seventh Circuit’s decision that the Equal Opportunity Commission’s statutory conciliation obligation was unreviewable. In Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Supreme Court examined a court’s ability to review the EEOC’s conciliation duties. Before filing a lawsuit for discrimination under Title VII, an employee must…

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  • Unemployment FAQ’s

    Losing a job is a financial burden, especially when there are bills to pay and a family to support. To make matters more complicated, the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act is riddled with rules and exceptions to rules that dictate whether you are eligible to collect unemployment. To gain a bit of clarity on the…

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  • Understanding the New “Ban the Box” Law in Illinois

    At the beginning of this year Illinois joined a growing number of states and cities (including Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore, Newark, and Buffalo) that have enacted “ban the box legislation.” The new Illinois statute, called the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, applies to all private employers with…

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  • Same-Sex Spouses Now Protected Under the FMLA

    The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) now covers same-sex spouses. This overdue coverage was made possible after the Department of Labor modified its regulations to re-define “spouse” so as to cover all same-sex marriages.
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  • Is Job Security Extinct?

    The days of working for a single employer for your entire career and leaving with a gold watch are long gone. Today, the average employee stays at a job for approximately four years – a relative flash in the pan during a forty to sixty year career. As a result, the modern employer-employee relationship…

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