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New Law Creates Online Complaint System for Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors Rather than Employees

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / September 17, 2018

On September 22, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed new legislation (effective July 1, 2018) called the Illinois Employee Misclassification Referral System Act. This law requires the Illinois Department of Labor to create an online misclassification referral system on the DOL website. As such, the misclassification complaint may be automatically referred to the Illinois Department…

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Why a Handbook? The Necessity of Having an Employee Handbook

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / August 28, 2018

An employee handbook provides communication between employer and employee. It sets forth the requirements for employees and notifies them what they can expect from your Company as to legal obligations along with employee rights. Also, a written Equal Employment Opportunity statement gives protection to employers. What should an employer consider in an employee handbook? Keep…

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Governor Rauner Vetoes Expansion of Some State Anti-Discrimination Laws Which Would Have Included Small Illinois Employers (Less Than 15 Employees)

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / August 13, 2018

Good news for Illinois employers! On August 13, 2018, Illinois Governor Rauner vetoed House Bill 4572. This proposed “anti-business” legislation would have expanded the definition of employers covered under the Illinois Human Rights Act with regard to employment discrimination of certain types (i.e., race, national origin, religion) from employers with 15 employees or more to…

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Is Your Company Covered Under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / April 24, 2018

Did you Count Temp and Part-Time Employees? If you are a Company covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to leave (either consecutive or intermittent) of up to 12 work weeks of leave in a 12 month period under certain circumstances. PLUS the Company must continue to pay the…

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Don’t Have a Neutral Absenteeism Policy: Warning to Employers!

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / March 6, 2018

Some Illinois employers may have neutral absenteeism policies that “administratively terminate” any employee who has failed to return to work from a medical leave of absence after a stated period of time such as one year or some other period of time set by the company. This kind of policy is not advisable because it…

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Private employers should have sexual harassment prevention training to prevent a “#MeToo” moment

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / December 20, 2017

Unfortunately, claims of sexual harassment are happening everywhere in today’s society. Hollywood, Washington, DC and New York are prime examples. Illinois employers, don’t be naïve – it happens in Illinois too! What can an employer do to reduce the risk of sexual harassment claims? The key is sexual harassment prevention training. Simply having a written…

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Paid Sick Leave For Employees is Now the Law of the City of Chicago and Cook County: Is Your Company in Compliance?

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / July 26, 2017

To the concern of many employers, on July 1, 2017 two new ordinances went into effect in the City of Chicago and Cook County. Employers are upset to learn that they are now required to give employees paid sick days. These ordinances can be confusing; below is a synopsis of the requirements of these two…

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Legislative Update: Illinois Employers Using an Employee Leasing Company Can Now Get Workers’ Compensation Insurance For The Leased Employees

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / January 23, 2017

Today, a number of small Illinois businesses use employee leasing companies to handle payroll, human resource matters, and workers’ compensation insurance on their workers for the convenience and cost savings. Previously, under the Illinois Leasing Company Act, the lessor (leasing Company) would be the party responsible for the workers’ compensation insurance coverage of the workers/employees…

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Legislative Update: Some Non-Compete Agreements Unenforceable Under New Illinois Law

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / November 14, 2016

New Law Affects Non-Compete Agreements for Employees earning less than $13 per hour Today, many employers use non-compete agreements to protect their company’s business. As such, the issue is always whether or not a non-compete agreement is enforceable for the Company. Now, in Illinois, there is a clear directive as to certain employees that the…

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Legislative Update: Illinois Adopts Employee Sick Leave Act

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / October 17, 2016

Today, many employees face the dilemma of how to take time off from work to care for an ill family member and still be paid. Before this law, employees had to say they were sick (when they were not) in order to be off work to care for their family and still be paid. Or,…

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