U.S. Supreme Court Has Been Busy on the Employment Front

In the last two months, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided three different cases, all of which have significant implications for employers.

Limitations Period For Bringing Discrimination and Retaliation Claims May Be Contractually Shortened

E. Jason Tremblay A recent case from the Northern District of Illinois, Lugihibl v. Fifth Third Bank (Case No. 13 CV 7193, March 16, 2015, Kennelly, M.), held that Title VII and ADEA limitations periods can be contractually shortened under certain circumstances, despite the general 300-day limitations to bring such claims in Illinois. In Lugihibl, […]

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 […]

6 tips for complying with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records

Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi recently wrote an article, “6 tips for complying with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records,” that discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s April 2012 revision of the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Right Act of […]

Legislation seeks to ban employer use of employee social media passwords

Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi recently wrote an article, “Legislation seeks to ban employer use of employee social media passwords: Companies could face privacy or discrimination suits for requesting personal log-in information,” that discusses the recent legislative trend seeking to prohibit employers from asking applicants and employees for usernames and passwords to their social media networking […]

Lori Adelson discusses illegal interview questions

Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson was quoted in a March 21 article in The Business Insider. The article, “9 Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal,” discusses illegal questions asked during job interviews. Lori was cited as the sole expert and listed nine of the common illegal questions asked during an interview […]

Jason Tremblay discusses face recognition software in the workplace in SHRM article

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay was interviewed in the article “Face Recognition Technology Might Get Employers in Trouble,” which appeared online in Society for Human Resource Management’s technology section on February 27. In the article, Mr. Tremblay discusses the broad implications and uses of facial-recognition software in the workplace for the hiring process. […]

Wisconsin Legislature passes law affecting damages available in Wisconsin for discrimination claims

On February 21, 2012, the Wisconsin Assembly completed the final legislative steps in eliminating the availability of compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The bill, passed last November by the Wisconsin Senate as Senate Bill 202, repeals a law from 2009 that created the availability of such damages for […]