Employment Policy

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 […]

NLRB General Counsel Provides Guidance on Lawful and Unlawful Employer Rules

E. Jason Tremblay On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel, Richard Griffin, issued the “Report of the General Counsel Concerning Employer Rules,” a comprehensive report providing guidance to employers on what the NLRB deems to be lawful and unlawful company handbook provisions and policies. We strongly encourage all employers, union […]

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 […]

Employment rights of employees who have been arrested

Business Insider recently asked Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson for her thoughts on the rights of employees who have been arrested and how an employer has to balance the rights of the worker with the impact the arrest has on the office and other employees. Ms. Adelson was quoted in a February […]

Employers can avoid holiday party liabilities ~ as a ’tis the season rhyme

Twas the employer’s holiday party, getting all away from the house Employees were stirring, excited to be out The company took many precautions with care To avoid claims of liability after the celebratory affair Tables were lined with food and employees were well fed So none of the eggnog would go too far to their […]

Social media policy concerns gain traction as NLRB issues first decisions

In-house counsel can take lessons from two recent NLRB decisions Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published an article entitled “Social media policy concerns gain traction as NLRB issues first decisions.” The article discusses the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) two recent decisions regarding employers’ social media policies. […]

7th Circuit takes another look at reassignment as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published an article entitled “7th Circuit takes another look at reassignment as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.” The article discusses the 7th Circuit opinion, EEOC v. United Airlines, Inc., which re-examined whether transferring an employee with a disability to a vacant […]

NLRB issues first social media decision

For those following social media and labor law, this month was noteworthy as the National Labor Relations Board issued its first decision taking on an employer’s social media policy in Costco Wholesale Corp., 358 NLRB No. 106 (2012). You may recall that over the last year the NLRB Acting General Counsel issued a series 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 […]

Illinois prohibits employers from seeking social networking passwords

On August 1, 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that prohibits employers from requesting or requiring employees or prospective employees from providing “any password or other related account information” to gain access to the individual’s social networking account. Ill. Public Act 097-0875. By enacting the legislation, Illinois joins Maryland as states […]