Employment Law Updates

5th Edition of Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers is Now Available

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner, E. Jason Tremblay, has published the 5th Edition of his book entitled “Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers – How to Protect Your Business From Liability and Comply with State and Federal Employment Laws.”  This 182-page book provides an excellent summary of federal and state employment and labor laws […]

New Illinois Law Provides For Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

Kellie Y. Chen On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed the Child Bereavement Leave Act (the “Act”), making Illinois one of only two states (Oregon being the first in 2014) to require covered employers to provide unpaid leave in the event of the death of an employee’s child.  The Act, effective immediately, requires employers with […]

USDOL Issues New FLSA and EPPA Posters

E. Jason Tremblay The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued slightly revised workplace posters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). The new EPPA poster includes updated information regarding civil penalties to employers for violating the Act. The new FLSA poster includes new information regarding worker classification […]

DOL Announces Final FLSA Overtime Regulations

E. Jason Tremblay On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released its final updated FLSA overtime regulations. While some of the changes were expected, there are a number of surprises. First, the new salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees will be $47,476.00 per year […]

DOL Announces That the Exemption Regulations Will Be Published in July 2016

On February 17, 2016, Patricia Smith, U.S. Department of Labor solicitor, announced that the U.S. DOL Final Rule regarding the FLSA White Collar Exemption Regulations

NLRB’s New Joint Employment Standard

E. Jason Tremblay Are You A Joint Employer? Browning-Ferris Industries of California Case and Its Potential Impact By now, most employers are aware of the recent and significant decision from the National Labor Relations Board in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 2015 NLRB LEXIS 672 (2015)(“Browning-Ferris”). In that case, the NLRB expanded who qualifies as […]

Many “Independent Contractors” May Now Be “Employees”

E. Jason Tremblay and Megan P. Toth Many “Independent Contractors” May Now Be “Employees” According to the Department of Labor On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation regarding the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to the increasing misclassification of workers as “independent contractors.” The DOL’s […]

Fair Labor Standards Act Proposed Revisions Just Released

The U.S. Department of Labor just released its highly anticipated proposed revisions to the “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will significantly expand the number of workers who will be eligible for overtime pay.

Continued Employment Constitutes Sufficient Consideration for Restrictive Covenants

E. Jason Tremblay Wisconsin Supreme Court: Continued Employment Constitutes Sufficient Consideration for Restrictive Covenants in Wisconsin Resolving previously unsettled law in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held in Runzheimer International Ltd v. Friedlen that continued employment of an at-will employee following the execution of a restrictive covenant, such as a non-competition agreement, is sufficient […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

Megan Toth U.S. Supreme Court Rules That a Request for a Religious Accommodation Is not Required to Maintain a Title VII Claim On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion on the much anticipated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., holding that an employee is not required to specifically […]