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Illinois VESSA Leave 2.0

September 7, 2021 | Client Alert

On August 20, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois House Bill 3582 amending the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”) to provide broader protection to employees seeking job-protected leave under VESSA.  The amendments are effective January 1, 2022.

Illinois Employers Have Bigger Concerns than HIPAA 

June 30, 2021 | Client Alert

Many of our clients are irrationally fearful of HIPAA.  This fear is exacerbated by the fact that some employers collect medical information related to COVID along with vaccination information.  Make no mistake, HIPAA compliance is important.

Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants Narrows Further in Illinois

June 10, 2021 | Client Alert

Since 2017, Illinois has prohibited employers from imposing non-compete restrictions on “low-wage” employees who earn less than $13.00 per hour. Governor Pritzker is now expected to sign a bill (SB 672), which will further limit the ability of employers to enforce restrictive covenants.

OSHA’S Disappointing Reversal on Recording COVID-19 Infections as Workplace Injuries

May 21, 2021 | Client Alert

OSHA’s revised enforcement guidance issued to its Compliance Safety and Health Officers is a 180 degree turnabout from the guidance issued on April 10. OSHA justifies its policy reversal based on three sets of facts: incidence, adaptation, and the return of the workforce. Whether OSHA’s rationale for changing its position is compelling is besides the point. Employers must comply with OSHA’s new directive.