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Webinar is Part of the “HR Talent Management & Employment Law Boot Camp” Series On August 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST, Gary will be one of several featured speakers presenting “I Know What You Did Last Summer: Workplace Investigations,” a new webinar co-produced by Financial Poise and West LegalEdcenter™ . In a release, Financial Poise™ describes the webinar as follows: “Now, more than ever, employers must be prepared to promptly and effectively respond to…
Webinar is Part of the “HR Talent Management & Employment Law Boot Camp” Series On August 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST, Gary will be one of several featured speakers presenting “I Know What You Did Last Summer: Workplace Investigations,” a new webinar co-produced by Financial Poise and West LegalEdcenter™ . In a release, Financial Poise™ describes the webinar as follows: “Now, more than ever, employers must be prepared to promptly and effectively respond to…
Many Employers Will Need to Reconsider Longstanding Drug-Free Workplace Philosophies Come January 1, 2020, just as some Illinois residents are taking their first lawful (at least under State law) puffs of marijuana or bites of a cannabis-infused gummy bear, many employers in the Land of Lincoln will likely be facing the ramifications of an even more dramatic change — their possible need to stop all forms of testing for marijuana use other than reasonable suspicion…
Savine Employment Law Is Ready For The Future Because We’ve Lived It By Gary Savine A recent article in Law360presented the results of a new global report that shows more in-house lawyers, especially employment lawyers, will be launching job searches in the coming years, due, in part, to advances in legal technology. Conducted by Euromoney Thought Leadership Consulting on behalf of EY Law, the report found that 74 percent of companies surveyed either have…
Illinois Lawmakers Grapple With Risks Posed By Harvesting Data From Wearable Devices A bill introduced in the Illinois House, HB 3024, would amend Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA or the Act) to expand the law to cover EKG results from wearable devices, such as smartwatches. Passed in 2008, BIPA originally was enacted to address technologies that rely upon fingerprints, retina scans and other “biometric identifiers” for time clocks and security access. The Act prohibits…
The Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act, currently titled HB2557, is one of three pending bills aimed at taming the risks posed by big data in the workplace. When Governor Pritzker signs the bill into law, Illinois will be one of the first states to regulate the use of workplace data analytics. HB2557 focuses strictly on the use of facial recognition technology in job interviews and passed both houses on May 29, 2019. Two other bills,…
Last-Minute Negotiations Result In Expanded Worker Protections. While media coverage of the closing moments of the Spring legislative session focused on recreational marijuana, taxes and infrastructure, Illinois lawmakers quietly were leveraging the momentum created by the #MeToo movement to pass the Workplace Transparency Act. Since we last reported on the bill here, lawmakers have expanded its scope to impose new obligations on employers. The new bill, SB0075, which passed both houses just before the…
The Illinois Legislature wrapped its Spring 2019 session by sending several bills poised to substantially alter the workplaceto Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk. At the same time, lawmakers left on the table a handful of items that, combined with initiatives expected soon out of Chicago City Council under new Mayor Lori Lightfoot, should make for an equally busy fall legislative calendar. The laws expected to be enacted include: A law amending the Equal Pay Act to…
Appeals Court raises the stakes significantly for employers who tolerate, neglect or ignore workplace harassment complaints. Last week, while many of us were packing our bags for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, an Illinois Court of Appeals ruled, for the first time, that a legal entity, such as a corporation, can be sued under the Illinois Gender Violence Act (IGVA or Act), for sex discrimination. By doing so, the court dramatically increased the…
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…