Category Archives: Blog

Requests for Wage History is ‘History’ in Illinois

A standard feature found on most job applications is a request for a candidate’s employment history, and often, his or her prior wage or salary.  For Illinois employers, however, it’s time to update that job application because asking for past salary information is a violation of the Illinois Equal Pay Act beginning Sunday, September 29, […]


Mediation – a Valuable Tool

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 […]


Illinois Equal Pay Act Expansion

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 […]


Illinois Human Rights Act Expansion

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 […]


An Ever-Changing Landscape for Chicago Employers

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 […]


Joint employers, are you covered under the FMLA?

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 […]


What to do if an employee claims discrimination

In the mail is an unexpected letter from the Illinois Department of Human Rights.  A brief review of the document reveals that a charge of discrimination has been filed against your company by a former employee. You recall that the employee, let’s call him “Bob,” was very upset when he learned that he was being […]


Why employment law?

When people think of lawyers, they often think of personal injury claims, family law matters, criminal defense and other familiar subjects. Rarely are they thinking of an employment lawyer. In fact, when I tell someone that I practice employment law the response is often a puzzling look as if to say, why would lawyers have […]


Unpaid Internships – A Great Opportunity.

As a college student, I vividly recall walking into an investment bank one summer to offer my services free of charge just so I could learn more about the industry. Unfortunately, they declined my offer. Although the summer is well underway, it’s not too late to offer an unpaid internship to a deserving student. Such […]


Is Badmouthing the Employer Okay?

In this age of “at will” employment we’ve come to understand that an employee could be properly discharged for any reason, or no reason at all, provided that the true reason for termination is not illegal or against public policy. So, in most cases, an employer wouldn’t think twice about terminating a disloyal employee who publicly […]



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