Attention Employers: Illinois Human Rights Act Now Recognizes Pregnancy as a Protected Class

Jan 16, 2015

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 8 (the “Amendments”), which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “Act”) to provide greater protections to job applicants and ...

Despite What Your Mother Told You, Gossiping in the Workplace Is an Open Question When It Comes to the NLRB

Jan 14, 2015

In Casino San Pablo, 361 NLRB No. 148 (2014), the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) upheld a rule prohibiting employees from gossiping about supervisors, managers and other employees. ...

NLRB Expands Weingarten Rights for Unionized Employees

Dec 30, 2014

In yet another union-friendly decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) greatly expanded the scope of a unionized employee’s Weingarten rights. It is well-settled that an employee ...

New Year’s Day Brings New Missouri Minimum Wage

Dec 29, 2014

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, Missouri’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $7.65 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by 9 cents to $3.83 per hour. In 2006, Missouri ...

Defer No More: NLRB Overturns Longstanding Deferral Standards

Dec 23, 2014

As the year comes to a close and full of union-friendly holiday spirit, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) has been issuing decisions by the dozen. On Dec. 15, 2014, a divided Board ...

Employees Can Now Use Their Employer’s Email System to Engage in Union Organizing

Dec 18, 2014

As year-end approaches, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) is busy issuing union-friendly decisions and new election rules that will drastically impact employers. On Dec. 11, 2014, ...

NLRB’s New Election Rules Make It Easier for Unions to Organize

In rapid fire succession, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently issued a flurry of union-friendly decisions. On Dec. 15, 2014, as anticipated, the Board published its Final Rule ...

Unanimous Victory for Employers: Supreme Court Concludes Security Checks Not Compensable Under the FLSA

Dec 12, 2014

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers do not have to pay employees for time spent undergoing security screenings at the end of their workday. In a unanimous decision, ...

Are You Soliciting Me? The NLRB Defines “Solicitation”

Dec 11, 2014

Employers who wish to remain union-free have long relied upon so-called “no-solicitation” rules as a means to restrict employees from discussing union organizing while at work. As a general ...

Are you a Federal Contractor? You may need to update your EEO policy to cover LGBT employees.

Dec 05, 2014

Today, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued new regulations implementing Executive Order 13672 signed by ...
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