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NLRB Joint-Employer Standard-2023 Final Rule

By Joseph H. Laverty / December 5, 2023

On October 27, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board, (NLRB), published a final rule addressing the standard for determining joint-employer status. The final rule establishes that, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), two or more entities may be considered joint employers of a group of employees if each entity has an employment relationship with…

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It’s Complicated/It’s Expensive: New City of Chicago Paid Leave and Sick Leave Ordinance

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / December 1, 2023

On November 9, 2023, the City of Chicago enacted the new Paid Leave and Sick Leave Ordinance to take effect on December 31, 2023. What Employers are covered under the new law? Any employer with at least one employee, except employers under a collective  bargaining agreement on or before January 1, 2024. However, this exception…

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Minnesota Employers Must Post Notices Of New Sick And Safe Time Law, By January 1, 2024

By James B. Sherman / December 1, 2023

Minnesota’s new “Sick and Safe Time” law goes into effect as of January 1, 2024.  In general, the law requires employers to accrue a minimum of 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked by eligible employees (those who work at least 80 hours in a year), up to a maximum of 48…

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Documenting Employee Performance Issues

By Richard H. Wessels / November 30, 2023

While doing a google search on a different subject, I came across a well-done, short and simple six-point listing on how to document employee issues. This six-point listing is as follows: I was struck by how our Wessels Sherman employee counseling form leads you to follow these recommendations. We have provided it to clients for…

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Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act to Take Effect January 1, 2024

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / October 31, 2023

On March 13, 2023, the Paid Leave for All Workers Act was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to take effect on January 1, 2024. What employers are covered under the new law?  Private and public employers with at least one employee. Also includes State of Illinois, local governments, and political subdivision employers. What employers are…

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Attention Illinois Employers: New Law Affects Businesses Using Temporary Workers in Illinois

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / September 27, 2023

Background: On August 4, 2023, House Bill 2862 was signed by Governor Pritzker. This legislation amends the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act to expand the pay and benefit rights of the temporary workers as well as increased safety oversight by both the agencies and the third-party business that use such workers. Effective: July…

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The Benefits Of Conducting A Self-Audit On Your Company

By Joseph H. Laverty / September 16, 2023

Employment law issues run the complete range from discrimination and harassment to unsafe conditions – but one thing remains the same: If you as the employer are violating a law you could be opening your company and yourself to liability. Below are common employment laws to conduct an audit on. Common Employment Law Issues Common…

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What To Make Of Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion (DEI) In The Workplace?

By James B. Sherman / July 31, 2023

In the aftermath of the protests and civil unrest of 2021, more and more businesses embraced what has come to be known as “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” or DEI.  Today, most people have at least some general understanding of what DEI is about.  For many businesses DEI represents a commitment to promote diversity and equitable…

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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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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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