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Employee Wage Deductions

By Walter J. Liszka / November 19, 2014

In a rare and somewhat unexpected action, the Illinois Department of Labor, which is not perceived as an “employer-friendly agency,” recently amended the requirements that are imposed on employers when making deductions from employee wages. Under the prior requirements of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, there were extremely limited circumstances under which unilateral…

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Employee Debt – The Bane of Employers

By Walter J. Liszka / November 15, 2014

While most of us believe that the “Great Recession” is finally at an end, millions of Americans are still experiencing the pressures of employee debt. Every state in the United States has legislation creating the opportunity for an organization to “legally collect the financial obligations owed by an employee through our legal system” (for example,…

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Illinois Prevailing Wage Act – Extended Coverage???

By Walter J. Liszka / October 10, 2014

With the recent amendments of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA) and the decision of the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court in the case of Department of Labor v. Sackville Construction Inc., 402 Ill.App.3d 195 (3 rd District 2010), all companies who are receiving public funds, and not just those in the construction…

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Employers’ Next Problem – Ebola?

By Walter J. Liszka / October 1, 2014

With the recent problems that have arisen because of the Ebola virus’s extension to the United States and Spain (the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and Madrid hospital issues), all employers may face a serious crisis in the future. With the first cases of Ebola transmitted outside the Western African countries of Liberia, Guinea,…

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Union Membership Statistics

By Walter J. Liszka / September 30, 2014

There is a very old adage that “numbers can’t lie, but liars can figure” and that adage may be applicable to the most recent statistics issued by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics with regard to union membership. Those “union statistics” indicate that the union membership rate – the percentage of wage and salary…

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Illinois Pregnancy Protections Expanded

By Walter J. Liszka / September 25, 2014

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 8 (HB8) that amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) by placing “new obligations on employers” with regard to their pregnant employees. While the law will not take effect until January 1, 2015, employers should be cognizant of the new obligations imposed…

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Domestic Violence and Child Abuse – A Problem for All of Us

By Walter J. Liszka / September 15, 2014

Certainly the last few weeks have not been very pleasant for the National Football League/Roger Goodell and for the Federal Judiciary. The NFL has had to deal with domestic violence/child abuse involving its stars (Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Jonathan Dwyer, and, thanks to Gloria Allred, Brandon Marshall from a 2007 incident) and the Federal Judiciary…

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Bye-Bye Franchisee

By Walter J. Liszka / August 25, 2014

The first “nail in the coffin” in doing away with the franchiser/franchisee relationship and jeopardizing a vast number of small business operators in this country (estimated at a little over 85% in the restaurant industry), has been “nailed” by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel. Robert F. Griffin, Jr., who was sworn in…

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Here Comes the EEOC!

By Walter J. Liszka / August 17, 2014

As most private employers are well aware, numerous federal and state government agencies conduct on-site investigations and have been doing so for a long period of time [for example, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA inspectors) and United States Department of Labor (USDOL inspectors)]. Soon to be joining this array of “government visitors” is the…

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Child Support Payments – A Potentially Bedeviling Problem for Illinois Employers

By Walter J. Liszka / July 31, 2014

Employers in the State of Illinois must become more aware of their obligations arising under the Income Withholding for Support Act (750 ILCS 28/1 et seq.). This Act provides the authority for a court of law to designate that periodic payments of funds for the support of a child or a maintenance of the spouse…

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