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2020 Law Changes That May Impact Your Estate Plan

February 7, 2020 | Client Alert

With the start of 2020, two new laws took effect that will significantly impact estate planning in Illinois. The new Illinois Trust Code updates and substantially changes the older law that has governed trusts and trustees in Illinois since 1973;… Read More

A Simpler Joint Employment Doctrine

January 20, 2020 | Client Alert

The legal doctrine of joint employment bedevils many employers. Reduced to its essence, joint employment means that an employee can look to two different employers for liability purposes if that employee’s legal rights are violated. For example, if a manufacturing… Read More

Saliva Instead of Urine for Drug Testing?

November 1, 2019 | Client Alert

More employers will drug test their employees as an unintended consequence of the legalization of recreational marijuana. Recently, the federal government posted guidelines for federal employers who use “oral fluid specimens.” Illinois employers should consider testing “oral fluid specimens”… Read More

The NLRB Provides Relief for Employers’ Property Rights

October 22, 2019 | Client Alert

Most of our clients are non-union and pay little attention to what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) does. Its recent ruling, however, is an important vindication of property rights for non-union and union employers alike. Previous Standard In 2011… Read More

A Victory for Illinois Employers Who Use Commission Sales’ Draws

September 26, 2019 | Client Alert

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Illinois employers can reconcile commissioned sales “draws” without fear of class action litigation under the Illinois’ Wage Payment and Collection Act (“IWPCA”). This September 23rd decision is a common sense ruling… Read More

No More Salary History Questions for Illinois Employers

August 22, 2019 | Client Alert

In April 2018 we predicted that Illinois was “one governor’s election” away from banning salary history questions. Right on schedule, Governor Pritzker signed a law that will amend the Equal Pay Act of 2003 and ban salary history… Read More

Big Changes for Chicago Employers Coming in July 2020

August 22, 2019 | Client Alert

The Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance last month and Mayor Lightfoot is expected to sign it into law. The new law will go into effect for covered Chicago employers on July 1, 2020. This ordinance… Read More