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Law aims to close legal loopholes that hide harassment concerns from public view. In the past few weeks, Illinois Legislators have been working feverishly to advance SB1829, the Workplace Transparency Act. In an already busy legislative session filled with worker-friendly initiatives, the bill has already passed the Senate and is advancing rapidly through the House, picking up scores of sponsors along the way. The bill would: Mandate annual sexual harassment training and prescribe the content…
Bill Would Expand Law To Cover Virtually All Illinois Employers By the end of this week, there’s a very good chance that the Illinois Legislature will place on Governor Pritzker’s desk for his signature HB0252 – a bill that would eliminate the minimum employee threshold for anti-discrimination prohibitions in the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). This will make virtually any employer with as few as one employee subject to all anti-discrimination prohibitions in the IHRA.…
Last week, the Illinois Senate approved SB0471 calling for mandatory paid family leave benefits to workers in Illinois. The bill now advances to the Illinois House. Dubbed the “Healthy Workplace Act,” the proposed law provides that an employee who works in the State who is absent from work for specified reasons is entitled to earn and use a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick time during a 12-month period or a pro rata number…
Federal Court Judge accepts EEOC’s proposal to make employers submit 2018 pay data, and a second year of pay data chosen by EEOC. As reported here in March, a U.S. District Court Judge reinstated EEOC data collection rules, adopted during the Obama Administration, aimed at identifying discriminatory pay gaps. The rule applies to employers who are subject to the EEOC’s longstanding EEO-1 annual reporting requirements (mainly, employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors…
Earlier this month, Chicago City Council’s Workforce Development Committee advanced the cause for predictable scheduling by introducing the “Fair Workweek Ordinance”. The proposed ordinance would require certain Chicago employers to give workers advance notice of work schedules and pay for last minute changes. While the City Council’s proposed measure has not moved forward, it mirrors a similar proposed State law titled the “Fair Scheduling Act” that the Illinois House tabled earlier this year pending Governor…
It’s been a productive first quarter at Savine Employment Law, Ltd. Here’s what we’ve been up to: In January, we welcomed the arrival of our newest Legal Assistant, Elise Kline. Elise comes to us after having worked for several years at another Chicago-area employment law firm and brings deep experience handling investigations and litigation of workplace matters. Elise’s strong suit is her strong client-relations skills. We expect Elise to be instrumental in our continued growth.…
Equal Pay Day Reminds Employers to Take Steps Now to Ensure Pay Equity On April 2, workers’ rights groups held rallies in major cities across the country to mark Equal Pay Day, which serves to remind us how much longer into the year women would have to work in order to earn as much as men. Chicago was no exception. Hundreds of political leaders and activists gathered to raise awareness and put added pressure on…
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a series of amendments, dubbed the “Paycheck Fairness Act”, that will change the Equal Pay Act. This legislation mirrors efforts in many states, including Illinois, to attack the persistent national gender pay gap. According to the International Monetary Fund, women make, on average, 82 percent of what men make – a disparity that would require women to work an extra 47 days to earn as much as…
Last week, the Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee approved an amendment to the Employment Contract Act to provide that an employer may not require employees and applicants to “waive, arbitrate, or otherwise diminish any future claim, right, or benefit to which the person would otherwise be entitled under State or federal law.” By its language, the new law would make it unlawful for employers to condition a hiring or continued employment on many types…
Women’s Advocacy Groups Successfully Unfreeze Wage And Hour Data, But Will Employers Need To Comply? Last week, a D.C. District Court Judge in National Women’s Law Center v. OMBlifted the Trump Administration’s freeze on a 2016 EEOC rule that revises the annual EEO-1 report to require employers to include W-2 wages and hours worked for all employees within 12 pay bands for each of the 10 EEO-1 job categories. The EEOC has long required…