May 21, 2021 | Client AlertBIPA opened the flood gates to a wave of employee- based class actions in Illinois. In 2019, following the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp, this wave of filings became a deluge. In the 148 days following the Rosenbach decision, the Illinois Plaintiff’s bar filed nearly as many BIPA class action suits as they did in the ten years prior to the decision.
If You Provide Sick Leave — It Must Include Personal Care of Certain Family Members.
May 13, 2021 | Client AlertMost employers provide paid sick leave or PTO as a standard benefit. But paid sick leave is not legally required in Illinois with the exception of Cook County. Paradoxically, if your business does provide paid sick leave, that leave is regulated by Illinois law.
Should Employers Encourage or Require COVID Vaccinations?
April 29, 2021 | Client AlertEmployers with vaccinated employees are safer workplaces. Vaccinated employees are 95% less likely to catch COVID-19 than unvaccinated employees. Every vaccinated employee brings employers another step closer to responsibly returning to pre-pandemic business.
Department of Labor Offers New COBRA Notice Forms: Please Use Them!
April 19, 2021 | Client AlertRecent changes to COBRA are dramatic and far-reaching. Every employer should have at least a glancing familiarity with the new, temporary rules which we suspect may become permanent.
Governor JB Pritzker Continues to Extend and Strengthen Illinois Residential Eviction Moratorium Through May 1, 2021
April 19, 2021 | Client AlertOn April 2, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-06, another continuation of Governor JB Pritzker’s statewide prohibition on residential evictions in Illinois, which will now continue through May 1, 2021.
Stimulus Package Resurrects the COBRA Subsidy
April 7, 2021 | Client AlertDuring the Great Recession of 2008-09, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) subsidized premium payments to most COBRA-eligible people who experienced a job loss. The provision sunset after May 2010.
Governor JB Pritzker Further Extends and Strengthens Illinois Residential Eviction Moratorium through April 3, 2021
March 24, 2021 | Client AlertOn March 5, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021- 05, yet another continuation of Governor JB Pritzker’s statewide prohibition on residential evictions in Illinois which will now continue through April 3, 2021.
IRS Extends Individual Tax Filing Date to May 17, 2021
March 18, 2021 | Client AlertOn March 17, 2021, the IRS announced that it was extending the federal income tax filing due date for individuals from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021.
Seventh Circuit Rules Employers Must Provide “Paid Military Leave” in Certain Circumstances.
March 8, 2021 | Client AlertIn a case of first impression, the 7th Circuit held that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, 38 U.S.C. § 4301 et seq. (“USERRA”), may, in some circumstances, require employers to provide paid leave.
OSHA to Issue Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Pandemic; Stricter Standards to Come.
March 8, 2021 | Client AlertPresident Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (the “Order”) directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to issue new guidance on employer work-place safety obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.