Laws & Legislation News

Illinois Prohibits Non-Competition Agreements for Low-Wage Employees

E. Jason Tremblay Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the Act), which will prohibit private sector employers from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage employees. The Act defines low-wage employees as those who earn the greater of: (a) the Federal ($7.25 per hour), State ($8.25 per hour), or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jack and the wage and hour beanstalk

I admit maybe the title of this post should be “Shawn and the wage and hour beanstalk.” A recent decision by a Wisconsin court appeals keeps a long-running wage and hour complaint going even further in the battle for a large amount of attorneys’ fees. What may be most troubling for employers reading about this […]

Right-to-work law

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published an article, “Michigan right-to-work law continues to put labor on its heels,” in the December 24 issue of Inside Counsel. In the article, they discuss that Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation on December 11, amid scenes of […]