Blog Post
08/12/2010
By Jason Tremblay

While the use of pre-employment credit checks has increased over the past few years, on August 10, 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Credit Privacy Act (“ICPA”). The ICPA significantly limits Illinois employers’ ability to obtain any credit history information for employment applicants, as well as for current employees. The ICPA applies to virtually all Illinois employers, only excluding banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, state law enforcement units, state and local government agencies and debt collection agencies.

Blog Post
05/17/2010
By Jason Tremblay

Chicago Partner E.

Blog Post
04/23/2010
By Jason Tremblay

The current economic situation in this country has led to an increase in the use of unpaid internships by companies, especially unpaid internships for young people who have been hit particularly hard by unemployment.  However, employers need to be extra careful in this regard since the U.S.

Blog Post
02/25/2010
By Jason Tremblay

The legal landscape regarding the use of independent contractors has dramatically changed over the past several years.  For decades, employers’ use of independent contractors was not only rarely challenged, but it was also a way they could save significantly on labor and other costs associated with hiring employees.  In this tough economy, employers may be tempted to use the services of independent contractors instead of employees in order to reduce their bottom-line costs.  However, now more than ever, employers need to be extra careful in this area since both state and fede

Blog Post
08/11/2009
By Jason Tremblay

On May 27, 2009, the Illinois legislature approved a significant overhaul to the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act, also know as VESSA, which requires covered employers to provide leave and other accommodations to employees and their family members who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence.  Once signed into law by the Governor, which is expected to be within the next several weeks, VESSA will be significantly broadened, not only increasing the protections offered to eligible emp

Blog Post
08/06/2009
By David S Wayne

I recently defended a case involving allegations that our client, a service industry provider, took equipment and other purported trade secrets from his former employer.  The Internet proved to be an extremely valuable tool in challenging the plaintiff's claims that the equipment design was proprietary and confidential.  Among other things, we were able to find similar equipment available for sale on eBay, videos of similar equipment being used on YouTube and many other competito

Blog Post
07/30/2009
By Jason Tremblay

Introduced just recently into the House and Senate, the Federal Oversight, Reform, and Enforcement of the WARN Act (“FOREWARN Act”) would dramatically amend the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN Act”).  The FOREWARN Act was introduced in response to the significant rise in factory closings and mass layoffs currently being implemented in the United States.

Blog Post
07/15/2009
By Jason Tremblay

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Labor & Employment Law attorney, E. Jason Tremblay, discusses how employers might avoid employment-Related Litigation in 2009 and Beyond. He does this by offering 14 preventative measures every employer should complete. The article appeared in the May-June 2009 issue of HR Advisor. Avoiding Employment-Related Litigation in 2009 and Beyond: 14 Preventative Measures.

Blog Post
06/10/2009
By Jason Tremblay

The 2009 Edition of The Employment Law Toolkit by Arnstein & Lehr Partner E. Jason Tremblay is now available. The Employment Law Toolkit is a comprehensive resource highlighting the significant employment and labor issues facing Illinois employers in today’s business environment. It focuses on providing practical and cost-effective suggestions on how to avoid employment and labor-related liability and comply with many state and federal laws facing employers.

Blog Post
06/09/2009
By Jason Tremblay

General-Counselor contributor and Arnstein & Lehr Partner, E. Jason Tremblay, published the following article entitled, "Avoiding Employment-Related Litigation in 2009 and Beyond: 14 Preventative Measures Every Employer Should Complete," for HR Advisor.

Blog Post
03/23/2009
By Jason Tremblay

On March 19, 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") released model COBRA notices required under the COBRA provisions of the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("ARRA" or "Act").  As previously reported, the Act impacts COBRA coverage, and the means by which employers may claim the tax credit for COBRA subsidies paid under the Act.

Blog Post
01/26/2009
By Jason Tremblay

For the second time in a little over a year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a revised Form I-9 to be used by employers to verify an employee’s authorization to work in the United States.  Effective February 2, 2009, employers will have to complete the updated Form I-9 for all new hires and for re-verification of certain employees with temporary work authorization.  Among other minor technical changes, the new Form I-9 again changes the types of documents that employers may accept to prove an employee’s authorization to work:

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