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Biometric Information Privacy Act-Getting Stranger And Stranger

By Richard H. Wessels / May 9, 2019

By now, every Employer in the State of Illinois is aware of the Illinois Supreme Court Decision in the Rosenbach v. Six Flaggs Entertainment Corporation and the State Supreme Court interpretation that, under the context of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act, a Plaintiff does not need to show an “actual injury” to process a claim,…

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Key Changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (Which Will Affect Employers)!

By Joseph H. Laverty / April 15, 2019

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”) is the agency that administers the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”), the state law that outlaws discrimination, harassment and retaliation by most employers in Illinois. The IDHR’s federal counterpart is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), which administers the federal laws preventing the same type of violations. In…

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Does Your Company Give Employees Personal Loans? Be Sure To Have Legal Wage Deduction Agreements!!

By Nancy E. Joerg / April 12, 2019

In Illinois, deductions from paychecks must be done very carefully. Illinois employers need to be aware of the tricky web of laws and regulations which often prevent the employer from simply deducting, unilaterally, from the employee’s paycheck-even when the employer is merely paying the Company back for a loan taken out by the employee. An…

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Can Illinois “Get It Right” For Business

By Walter J. Liszka / April 9, 2019

Regardless of whether it passes, the passage of the Amendment will not be a “Get Out of Jail Free Card” for Employers who are currently involved in BIPA Class Action Litigation (over 200 lawsuits that are currently pending). Of course, it, if passed, would have huge ramifications in minimizing further legal liability. WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD…

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Illinois Supreme Court’s Decision on Biometric Information Privacy Act Opens Door to More Litigation

By Jennifer Adams Murphy / February 28, 2019

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) is yet another Illinois law drafted with ambiguities which beg, unfortunately, for litigation. Where a statute is drafted with holes of ambiguity, (and this one has many), it is up to the judiciary to fill those voids, and that, of course, means costly litigation. One ambiguity was recently…

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Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act

By Walter J. Liszka / January 24, 2019

Illinois is joining a growing number of States (e.g. California; Connecticut; Minnesota; New Jersey, and New York) in enacting specific legislation designated to address workplace violence in the Healthcare Industry. Effective January 1, 2019, the Health Care Violence Prevention Act (210 ILCS 160/1, et seq.) has become effective in the State of Illinois and mandates…

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Reflections of a “Senior” Lawyer…

By Alan E. Seneczko / December 10, 2018

For some reason unknown to me (it can’t possibly be my imminent 60th birthday), I have been receiving solicitations from the State Bar’s “Senior Lawyers Division.” Though I would like to think it is based on my vast experience, I have reason to believe it is more “temporal” in nature. So that got me thinking……

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The Holidays Are A’Comin

By Walter J. Liszka / December 6, 2018

Over the past few years, the author has written a “Holiday Article” to provide some guidance/legal insight into the somewhat complicated “Business Holiday Party”. I have received numerous suggestions and/or recommendations (and some good natured kidding), but I am not deterred! It is never too early to begin planning for the Holiday Season of Calendar…

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With Justice Brett Kavanaugh Appointed To The United States Supreme Court, The Court Is Likely To Issue Pro-Employer Decisions In The Years To Come.

By Joseph H. Laverty / October 24, 2018

No matter what your political view is regarding Justice Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, employers can expect Justice Kavanaugh to be a strict constructionist of the many labor and employment statutes that employers must abide by. Prior to being appointed to the high court, Justice Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Court…

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Purchaser Beware

By Walter J. Liszka / October 22, 2018

If you are acquiring a Company through purchase and you are not paying close attention to potential Labor issues, you could be creating serious and risky problems for the future. It is extremely important to understand that liability in the context of Labor and Employment related issues are governed by Contract and Common Law Successorship…

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