Recognizing that every business with employees faces challenges that can impact their growth and profitability, Sandberg Phoenix attorneys are committed to sharing their knowledge of, experience with and passion for employment law. Addressing current issues, recent case studies and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance, the Employer Law Blog provides expert advice and analysis of important aspects of employment law.

Illinois Governor Signs New Severance Law, Limiting Public Employee Severance Options

The Government Severance Pay Act (P.A. 100-895) has implications of severely limiting the ability of public employers to negotiate severance packages and reduce litigation risks. The new law, which was signed on August 14, 2018, by the Governor and which is effective January 1, 2019, requires that any covered unit of government that enters into…

EMPLOYER BEWARE—New Tax Bill Requires Full Disclosure of Sex Harassment Settlements or….. Lose the Business Expense Deduction

In the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, congress in its infinite wisdom, determined to publically shame or, alternatively, financially burden companies that settle claims of sex harassment. Under the new law, taxpayers will not be allowed to take a business deduction: For any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims if…

Appellate Court Interprets Biometric Information Privacy Act

On December 21, 2017 the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District determined that an actual injury is required in order to state a cause of action under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.). Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. 2017 Illinois Appellate (2nd) 170317. In the Rosenbach case, plaintiff…

Employer Privacy: Is Your Non-Solicitation Agreement Current In the Modern Age of Social Media?

We are frequently reminded that the “old” attending networking events and social dinners model of business development will soon be viewed as archaic and simply too costly. Replacing the traditional networking event and social dinner is the ever increasing and efficient use of social media. To this end, companies commonly use social media, such as…

Preventing the “Weinstein” in your Organization: Common Pitfalls in Complying With State and Federal Harassment Laws

As seemingly daily revelations surface of sex harassment allegations in the entertainment/media industry it is imperative for organizations to learn from the mistakes of others when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. The plethora of harassment complaints in is not a recent dilemma. In fact, there have been federal and state laws prohibiting…

President Trump Nominates Scott Mugno of FedEx to Head OSHA

On Monday, October 27, 2017, President Trump nominated Scott Mugno, currently the vice-president for safety at FedEx Ground, to be the new head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mugno is well known in Washington among members of business-oriented organizations. So, what does this mean for employers? Well, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary…

Employer Alert: Sex Stereotyping Equals Sex Discrimination in Missouri

In a case of first impression, the Missouri Court of Appeals held that sexual stereotyping can support an inference that discrimination on the basis of “sex” occurred in the workplace. Lampley and Frost v. MCHR, Case No. WD80288 (Mo.App. W.D. 2017). The Appellate Court maintained that sexual orientation is not a “protected-class” under the Missouri…

DOJ Reverses Stance on Gender Identity Discrimination

On October 4, 2017, the United States Department of Justice issued a memorandum reversing its stance on whether the prohibition on sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes discrimination based on gender identity. The memorandum was authored by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In the memorandum, Attorney General Sessions supports…

General Assembly Strikes Again

The Illinois General Assembly has struck again. On August 11, 2017, Governor Rauner signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act providing that discrimination includes a practice by an employer imposing upon a person as a condition of obtaining or retaining employment, including promotion, advancement, or transfer, any terms or conditions that…

Federal Contractors: Are You Complying With New Paid Sick Leave Requirements?

Executive Order 13706 established paid sick leave requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors and went into effect on January 1, 2017. Non-complying contractors are subject to monetary damages, attorneys’ fees, equitable relief, and/or debarment from future contracts. How Many Hours Of Paid Sick Leave Are Required? Fifty-six (56) hours annually. Unless employers elect to give…

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