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Mediation – a Valuable Tool

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Over the past 20 years or so, mediation and other dispute resolution mechanisms have become an increasingly popular choice by litigants to resolve active legal disputes.  These days, it’s not uncommon for state and federal court systems to mandate some form of an early resolution process, and most of those familiar with the process give […]

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Illinois Equal Pay Act Expansion

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Since 2003, Illinois has maintained a law similar to the federal Equal Pay Act, requiring men and women to be paid the same compensation for similar work. Under the Illinois Equal Pay Act (“IEPA”), it is a violation to pay different wages to different genders unless the employer can demonstrate that a factor other than […]

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Illinois Human Rights Act Expansion

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Employees who believe that they have been discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of age, disability, gender, race or similar characteristics can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”). The IDHR is charged with the responsibility of investigating such claims, and often, aids in negotiating a resolution to the […]

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An Ever-Changing Landscape for Chicago Employers

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Just when you thought you had a handle on the various governmental departments, agencies, and bureaus tasked with maintaining workplace compliance, the city of Chicago recently created the Office of Labor Standards (“OLS”) to investigate and remedy wage-related claims brought by employees. The OLS is designed to enforce ordinances established by the city of Chicago […]

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Joint employers, are you covered under the FMLA?

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a workplace law which allows employees to take unpaid leave for medical reasons, but not all companies are required to offer this benefit. One of the criteria for determining whether the law is applicable relates to the number of employees working for the business.  An employer is […]

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