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Illinois Legislature Passes Paid Leave for All Workers Act Providing Annual Paid Leave Which May be Used for any Reason

By Jennifer Adams Murphy / January 13, 2023

On January 10, 2023, the Illinois Legislature passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “Act”).  This Act is awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signing, but he has clearly indicated strong support of the Act and his intent to sign the Act into law.  This Act will not go into effect until January 1, 2024.  There…

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It Must be an Election Year

By James B. Sherman / November 4, 2022

When politics work their way into the field of labor law, as they often do in an election year, things tend to go a little sideways. 2022 is no exception, as demonstrated by these two recent developments. Constitutional Amendment: Tuesday’s ballot in Illinois includes a proposed amendment to the State’s Constitution to ban Right-To-Work laws.…

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Election Day Voting Laws 2022

By Wessels Sherman / November 2, 2022

Someone said there are elections next Tuesday? Here are some helpful tips for employers to minimize election day disruptions Next Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day. Each state has voting laws that provide employees with time off work to vote. While generally the same, each state’s statute has its own nuances employers in those states…

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NLRB Reverses Course and Holds that Dues Checkoff provisions of a labor contract survive contract expiration

By Richard H. Wessels / October 4, 2022

Once again, the NLRB has reversed course and overruled prior case law. This time, the holding is that an employer cannot unilaterally stop union dues checkoff when a collective bargaining agreement ends. Reversals such as this can be expected because union-leaning members of the Board have a three-two majority. The issue is whether an employer,…

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James Sherman named A Minnesota Super Lawyer

By Wessels Sherman / July 21, 2022

Wessels Sherman President/CEO, James Sherman, has once again been named a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” in 2022.  Super Lawyers are selected through independent research and peer evaluations for having attained a high degree of recognition and achievement in their field of practice. Only 5 percent of lawyers receive this distinction.  Said Mr. Sherman: “I am truly…

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Judge Shoots Down Nonsensical Class-Action ADEA Lawsuit Against Amazon With an Assist From The Goat, Tom Brady

By James B. Sherman / July 6, 2022

Some lawsuits are so outlandish they make headlines … for all the wrong reasons. One such silly case was brought as a class action against Amazon by employees in California. The plaintiffs, all 40 and older, alleged Amazon violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by imposing productivity quotas on all employees. The complaint…

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What The Dobbs Decision Means for Employers in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa

By James B. Sherman / June 28, 2022

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated and controversial decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, overturning Roe v. Wade. Whereas Roe had held for nearly 50 years that the right to an abortion was guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution, Dobbs disagreed, giving the issue back to the states to…

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High Wage Expectations In Collective Bargaining

By Richard H. Wessels / June 21, 2022

It is becoming clear that union employees in the last year or so have high wage expectations. Contract settlements are becoming much more difficult to achieve. Here are some of the reasons for it. Covid is a big part of it. Employees will regularly say “we worked our butts off during Covid, risked our health,…

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FMLA “Interference” Violations Not Confined to Denying Leave, Can Include Comments Discouraging Employee from Taking FMLA

By James B. Sherman / June 3, 2022

On June 1st the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, reversed a lower court’s dismissal of FMLA claims where the plaintiff employee’s request to use FMLA leave, had not been denied. The appellate court held that a verbal conversation that included an alleged threat to discipline the employee for taking more…

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Construction Industry Labor Law

By Richard H. Wessels / March 25, 2022

Construction industry labor law is very different from regular labor law. The labor agreements are different, and there is often no negotiating by employers who are stuck with an area-wide, multi-employer contract. The organizing process is typically different. Usually there are not NLRB elections and unions will attempt to organize by putting pressure on the…

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