Employment Law Updates

Chicago to Raise Its Minimum Wage

E. Jason Tremblay On December 2, 2014, the Chicago City Council followed several other municipalities around the country and approved an ordinance to raise the minimum wage. Effective July 1, 2015, Chicago employers of all sizes will be required to pay a minimum hourly wage of $10.00 (from its current $8.25 per hour) with successive […]

Ban the Box Law Will Soon Apply to Virtually All Chicago Employers

E. Jason Tremblay On November 5, 2014, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that effectively makes the recently-passed Illinois’ Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (commonly known as the Ban the Box Law) apply to all Chicago employers. The Illinois Ban the Box Law does not apply to employers with less than 15 employees, […]

Ban The Box Law Will Soon Apply to Small Chicago Employers

E. Jason Tremblay On November 5, 2014, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that effectively makes the recently-passed Illinois’ Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (commonly known as the Ban the Box Law) apply to Chicago employers with fewer than 15 employees. The purpose of the ordinance is to remove employment barriers for applicants […]

Jason Tremblay to present to Illinois State Medical Society

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay will be presenting on November 14 at the “Time for a Check-up: Improving the Business Health of Your Practice” seminar. Jason’s presentation will be about best practices for managing your workforce.

Illinois Appellate Court rules on enforcement of restrictive covenants

In a somewhat surprising development, the Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that restrictive covenants are not enforceable if an employee has worked less than two (2) years for the employer seeking enforcement, unless that employee has received special, additional consideration beyond being hired for agreeing to the restriction. Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services (Illinois Appellate […]

Supreme Court’s recent clarification of supervisor definition in Title VII cases

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi authored a column for Inside Counsel magazine’s website that was published on August 5. The article, titled “Labor: Supreme Court clarifies definition of supervisor for Title Vii discrimination and harassment cases” provides an overview of a recent clarification by the Supreme Court. On June 24, 2013, the […]

Common employment law issues

On June 18, Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay presented a seminar to an audience of 45 CPAs affiliated with the Illinois CPA Society – North Shore Chapter. The seminar was entitled “Common Employment Law Mistakes for Illinois Businesses: What Are They and How to Avoid Them.” Mr. Tremblay spoke about issues relevant to […]

Possible legal challenges CVS might face due to its new health insurance wellness policy

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi was interviewed for a Law360 article, “CVS Worker Weigh-Ins Should Survive Lawsuits,” published March 30. The article focuses on the possible legal challenges CVS might face due to its new health insurance wellness policy. The insurance will cost employees more money if they don’t commit to participating in […]

Possible pitfalls of Yahoo’s work-from-home ban

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi provided his thoughts in the March 1 Law360 article “Following Yahoo On Work-From-Home Ban May Spell Trouble.” The article addressed lawyers’ concerns that companies that ban telecommuting need to act carefully to avoid being sued for breaching disability or discrimination laws. To read Mr. Spognardi’s comments and […]

Eighth Circuit Again Deconstructs FMLA Constructive Notice

This year marks a decade for employers in the Seventh Circuit dealing with the difficult concept of “constructive notice” for an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act leave. But the Eighth Circuit recently again questioned whether that rule is still legitimate. First, a reminder. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows for an employee to […]