Published: February 11, 2019

With 2019 officially underway, now is a prudent time for employers to review their personnel policies and practices, as well as to ensure they are compliant with many new laws.  This article highlights some of the new laws and regulations passed or recently proposed of which all Illinois employers must be aware.  And, with the new administration in Springfield, we expect continued activity in this regard for employers throughout the state.

1.    Employees Now Have Longer Time To File State Law Discrimination Charges.

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Published: February 6, 2019

On Monday, February 4, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 over the next five years.  The bill raises the current $8.85 minimum wage to $10 an hour on July 1st, $11 an hour on January 1, 2020, and then increases by $1 every subsequent January 1st until reaching $15 per hour in 2024.  Once the minimum wage reaches $15 in 2024, it will continue to increase based on the consumer price index.

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Published: February 5, 2019

On April 28, 2018 New Jersey Governor signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act into law. The Equal Pay Act amends New Jersey’s existing Law Against Discrimination (referred to as "LAD") by requiring equal pay across all protected classes. The law became effective on July 1, 2018. According to Judge William Martini for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in the case Perrotto v. Morgan Advance Materials, PLC, et. al., (D.N.J. Civ. No. 2:18-13825), this start date should be strictly applied.

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Published: February 1, 2019

On January 25, 2019, the NLRB repealed the test devised by the Obama Board to determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). Critically, the NLRA grants employees various rights and protections, including the right to form and join unions. Independent contractors have no such rights. 

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Published: January 30, 2019

On January 15, 2019 legislators in New York passed the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (or "GENDA"). GENDA, which had been pending before the state legislature for more than 15 years, was formally signed by Governor Cuomo last week . The law was passed at the same time the Supreme Court considered whether to hear a case which could potentially add the same protections under Title VII.

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Published: January 30, 2019

Please join us on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 for an informative all day program entitled, "2019 FMLA Master Class: Pennsylvania Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management" at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Philadelphia Center City. During the program Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP's Dena Calo, Carolyn Pellegrini, Gillian Cooper, Lisa Koblin, Jason Ross, Michael Cianfichi, Erik Pramschufer and Angella Middleton will discuss various trials and tribulations when dealing with the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").

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