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Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

By Jennifer Adams Murphy, Wessels Sherman Fear, emotionally charged perspectives on the Trump administration's immigration policy and deeply embedded religious views are all topics ...

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

By Beverly Alfon – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   When a change of ownership occurs for a business that employs individuals who are represented by an incumbent union, t ...

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

By Sean Darke, Shareholder, Wessels Sherman U.S. Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary threshold r ...

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

By Suzanne Newcomb – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com A Texas federal judge today, November 16, 2016, struck down the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial “Persuader Rule” f ...

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

By Sean Darke, Shareholder, Wessels Sherman U.S. Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary threshold rule for overtime regulations.  The Judge ruled that the States and businesses who filed the lawsuit showed a likelihood for success in challenging the implementation of the new final rules.   Instead of starting December 1, 2016, ...

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Politics & Election Law in the Workplace: “Are you seriously voting for that candidate?!”

Contributed by Noah A. Frank and Allison Sues – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com With the 2016 general election heating up, discussions about politics and candidates will inevitably enter the workplace. Employers should be aware of several critical legal issues when responding or reacting to politics in the workplace, as well as understanding workers’ rights to engage in the political process. Imposing a ...

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EEOC Offers Guidance on Protected Activity Preceding Retaliation Claims

By Allison Sues – SmithAmundsen – www.salawus.com Last month, the EEOC issued its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues.  Having last issued guidance on retaliation claims in 1998, the agency stated that an updated publication was necessary in light of the significant court rulings on these claims, as well as the increasing frequency of retaliation claims in administrative charges and lawsu ...

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Penalty for Failure to File Form 5500 Almost Doubles

By Kelly Haab-Tallitsch – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   On July 1, 2016, the DOL issued an interim final rule that significantly increases the penalty amounts that may be imposed on plan sponsors for certain ERISA violations. The final rule ups the penalties for certain failures including failure to file an annual Form 5500 and failure to provide the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, as require ...

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Child Bereavement Act Signed

By Nick Kourvetaris – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   On Friday, July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner approved Public Act 99-0703, the Child Bereavement Leave Act (likely to be codified at 820 ILCS 154). Without a lot of fanfare or notice, this law became effective immediately upon signature. This law requires employers with 50 or more employees (those subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act) to pr ...

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DOL Issues Controversial Union Persuader Rule Impacting Reporting Requirements for Companies and Their Attorneys

By Michael Wong - SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the “Persuader Rule” which has been hotly debated and protested by employers and attorneys. First proposed in 2011, the Persuader Rule amends the federal Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to require employers and labor relation consultants (including attorneys) to submit detailed reports including the t ...

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Fifth Circuit Rules that Denial of Employee’s Attempt to Rescind Resignation Can Be Unlawful Retaliation

By Steven Jados – SmithAmundsen – www.salawus.com Last month, in Porter v. Houma Terrebonne Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (“HTHA”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a former employee’s claim of unlawful retaliation based on complaints of sexual harassment should proceed to trial. Such a ruling is not necessarily unusual, but what makes this one unique is the court held t ...

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Paid Sick Leave Mandate for Federal Contractors Beginning in 2017

By Julie A. Proscia and Steven W. Jados – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order outlining the paid sick leave benefits that many federal contractors will be required to provide as early as January 1, 2017. A wide range of federal contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017, and any subcontracts entered into thereunder, will be required to include lan ...

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