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June 2019 Archives

NLRB Grants Employers Greater Rights to Limit Union Activity on Premises

In the case of UPMS Presbyterian Sunnyside, 368 NLRB No. 2-June 14, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board granted Employers greater rights to limit union activity on their premises.

Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

By now, many of you have perused newspaper reports on the internet, and have been made aware that effective January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana. It is interesting to note that the State of Illinois will be the first state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis by legislative action rather than public referendum. In point of fact, the State of Illinois will be the eleventh (11th) state to legalize recreational marijuana.

What Happens if a Current or Former Employee Files a Charge of Discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)?

The first thing to check is: Was the Charge of Discrimination filed "timely"? A Charge of Discrimination must be filed within 300 days after the alleged discriminatory actions, or one year for a fair housing case.

Illinois Trucking Companies Who Use Owner-Operators Should Do Self Audits!

Many Illinois trucking companies have independent contractor agreements for owner-operators (to help establish an independent contractor relationship between the Illinois trucking company and the owner-operators who perform services as truck drivers for the trucking company).

Alert: Pending Legislation in Illinois Would Impose Huge Impact on Sexual Harassment Claims on all Employers

On April 11, 2019, the Illinois state Senate passed Senate Bill 1829, also known as the Workplace Transparency Act. If passed by the Illinois House of Representatives and if signed by the Governor, this Act would impose new requirements and limitations with respect to harassment and discrimination claims on Illinois employers. As of May 10, 2019, this bill is pending before the House Rules Committee.

Illinois and Artificial Intelligence

In the concluding days of the Illinois legislative session (extended by Speaker Madigan beyond normal closure date of May 31, 2019), the Illinois legislature passed a Fair Tax Recommendation, legalized recreational marijuana as of January 1, 2020, passed a balanced budget and increased gas taxes and other fees to pay for infrastructure, but that's not all. On May 29, 2019, the Illinois legislature unanimously passed the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act (HB 2557) which will regulate how Employers can use artificial intelligence to analyze job applicant fitness for various positions. Under the new law, which has yet to be signed by Governor Pritzker, before requesting that an applicant submit to a video interview, employers will be required to:

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