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06 Nov Will Chicago be the next big city to pass a predictive scheduling law?

It’s hard to predict the future fate of Chicago’s proposed Fair Workweek Ordinance, particularly in an election year.   But the Chicago City Council may have taken a step closer this week when it created an Office of Labor Standards to put teeth into its relatively new Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinances.   The new Office of Labor Standards will include a staff of five to address employee wage-and-hour complaints and investigate employers for possible ordinance violations. It could also be assigned oversight…

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11 Sep New Illinois law aims to prevent violence against nurses Act includes training requirements and whistleblower protection, effective January 1.

To address the risks of violence against nurses and other health care workers, Illinois hospitals and other employers of health care workers will be required to comply with workplace violence training and related safety requirements, effective January 1, 2019.   The Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act, recently signed into law by the Illinois governor, includes a multi-prong approach to addressing workplace violence against nurses. In particular, health care providers will be required to create a workplace violence prevention program that not only complies with…

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29 Jun Paid sick leave in Chicago and Cook County: Are you compliant with notice and carry over requirements?

For a year now, the City of Chicago and Cook County paid sick leave ordinances have required employers to provide at least a minimum amount of paid sick leave to eligible employees.  As the July 1 anniversary approaches, employers are reminded that certain aspects of the ordinances may require attention as a new year starts.   Calculation of carry-over. If an employer has not opted for an “immediate grant” to employees of their full paid sick leave entitlement at the start of each year, then…

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01 Jun In a Culture of Inclusiveness, Don’t Overlook Age

Age is the one protected class where everyone – eventually – is included. Yet as the #MeToo movement stays in the spotlight and implicit (and explicit) racial bias continues to capture headlines, it’s easy for age discrimination issues to fly under the radar.   But if you think age discrimination isn’t a big concern in today’s workplace, think again. The following examples illustrate how hiring is becoming the new battleground for age discrimination claims:   The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a major restaurant…

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28 Mar Employment Posters and Policies – Is There A Duty To Translate?

When setting workplace expectations, proactive employers should recognize the varying levels of literacy and English fluency in today’s workforce, as well as the need for employment information to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Plain English policies, which are clear to the average reader, are important.  But is there a duty to translate key employment documents or information?   Under federal law, there are at least three instances in which an employer may be required to provide notices in a language other than English:  …

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