Kayt Kopen

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Kayt focuses her practice on Labor & Employment matters. She has obtained favorable resolutions in employment-related litigation filed in numerous state and federal courts. Kayt regularly counsels employers on personnel decisions, employee handbooks, wage and hour issues, internal complaints, investigations, employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements and leave and accommodation issues.

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In counseling employers on how to implement the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act, we have noticed many employers have overlooked two important requirements—one of which easily can be audited without the employer even knowing. Notice Posting First, Illinois employers must post the English version of this notice in a conspicuous location on their premises, along with the Spanish version if they employ Spanish-speaking employees. Handbook Language Second, and importantly, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)…
On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its final rule substantially revising the sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule brings the sex discrimination guidelines implemented in 1970 “from the ‘Mad Men’ era to the modern era.” The final rule applies to any business or organization that (1) holds a single federal contract, subcontract or federally assisted construction contract in excess of $10,000; (2) has…
What is “Ban the Box?” Generally speaking, it is an international campaign seeking to eliminate the question—“Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”—from employment applications.  “Ban the box” laws usually provide that an employer must wait to ask applicants about their criminal histories until after a conditional offer of employment is made AND that an employer must consider how the individual criminal history is job-related for the position in question. There currently are 21…
Before Obtaining a Consumer Report   Provide the individual with a “Disclosure & Authorization” form. [Version 1] [Version 2]Obtain his/her signature (electronic signature is OK) Provide the individual with “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” (Extra) Provide any required state-specific disclosures…