April 3, 2020 | Client AlertCommercial landlords and tenants are facing a challenging landscape with the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the real estate industry of the United States. With the risks stemming from the outbreak, landlords are encouraged to review leases they have with all tenants and their insurance policies.
IRS Publishes Detailed Guidance on Tax Credits For Employers Who Give Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA – What Documentation May Employers Ask For?
April 2, 2020 | Client AlertThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "FFCRA"), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Goes into Effect April 1, 2020 not April 2, 2020!
March 25, 2020 | Client AlertThe Department of Labor announced yesterday that Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave goes into effect on April 1, 2020. Although this is contrary to the date calculated under the statute, all employers who are covered by the Act should be ready by April 1st.
Governor Pritzker Issues Stay Home Order; Exemptions will Allow Many Businesses to Remain Open.
March 20, 2020 | Client AlertGovernor Pritzker ordered the entire state of Illinois to stay home effective tomorrow. He also ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until April 7, 2020.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Is the Law of the Land Until it Sunsets on December 31, 2020.
March 19, 2020 | Client AlertPresident Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act last evening which provides employees affected by coronavirus with paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Passed by the House, Awaiting Action by the Senate.
March 16, 2020 | Client AlertThe U.S. House of Representatives passed HR6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, on Saturday. The Act provides employees affected by coronavirus with paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits. The bill must be passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump.
CDC Guidance for Employers for the Coronavirus
February 26, 2020 | Client AlertThe CDC published guidance for employers for planning and responding to COVID-19. Since developments concerning the virus are fluid, HR Professionals should check the CDC’s website daily for updates.
Good News! EEOC Charges Decline in Illinois.
February 26, 2020 | Client AlertEEOC charges filed in Illinois and nationally are declining. Illinois saw 6,098 EEOC charges filed in 2011. That number has declined steadily since 2016 to a record low of 3,928 charges in Fiscal Year 2019. Illinois is not an outlier. EEOC charges have materially declined at the national level as well.
The IDHR Is Now Providing Links to Free Sexual Harassment Training.
February 7, 2020 | Client AlertThe Illinois Department of Human Rights timely published the curriculum for mandatory sexual harassment training in Illinois which is being disseminated through Eventbrite. The IDHR training is free using this platform. Illinois employers are not required to use any one particular training platform to comply with the law.
Enforcement of Child Labor Laws is a Lower Priority in Illinois
February 7, 2020 | Client Alert
We wrote in May that the top issue for many Illinois employers is the state’s labor shortage. As of February 2020, it is still the case. The labor shortage is producing many salutary results. More and more employers are… Read More