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The Constantly Evolving Landscape of Illinois Paid Leave Requirements in July 2024

By John D. Simmons / June 28, 2024

We have now had several months to begin adjusting to the implementation of Illinois’ Paid Leave for All Workers Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2024. On December 31, 2023, Cook County enacted its own companion ordinance, and on July 1, 2024 the City of Chicago will begin implementing its own alternative. The…

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Iowa Supreme Court Reverses Jury Award of $1.4M in Wage Discrimination Decision

By John D. Simmons / May 28, 2024

The Supreme Court of Iowa recently vacated a jury award of nearly 1.4 million dollars, an award that could have otherwise been tripled, finding that the plaintiff failed to properly prove her claims for either sex-based wage discrimination or retaliation. The lawsuit alleged sex discrimination in wages and went to a jury despite the defendant’s…

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Texas District Court Overrules NLRB Regulation on “Joint Employers”

By John D. Simmons / March 26, 2024

When an employee performs services for more than one entity, there’s often a question about which of those entities constitutes an “employer”. Since 2020, the analysis of this question has been guided by the question of whether both entities “share and codetermine the employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment.”  For a recipient of an…

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Eighth Circuit Dismisses Challenge to Iowa’s Mask-Mandate Ban in Public Schools

By John D. Simmons / March 1, 2024

On February 27, 2024, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an Order regarding Arc of Iowa, et. al., v. Reynolds, et. al. that reversed course on its prior decision that the plaintiffs were entitled to an injunction prohibiting enforcement of Iowa’s ban on mask-mandates in public schools. This case was originally brought by the…

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Illinois’s One Day Rest in Seven Act and Meal Breaks: What to Do When Employees Work Beyond their Scheduled Hours?

By John D. Simmons / December 22, 2023

On January 1, 2023, Illinois amended Its One Day Rest in Seven Act, or ODRISA, to increase worker protections both in work scheduling, and by updating required meal periods for employees who work a certain number of hours in a given day. You are no doubt aware that Section 3 of ODRISA requires that employees…

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