Blog Post
08/24/2011
By Jason Tremblay

On June 27, 2001, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new law implementing several significant reforms to the Florida Unemployment Compensation Program. The new law is meant to save the state money, reduce taxes on employers and help get Floridians back to work. Among other reforms, the definition of “misconduct” under the new law has been expanded making it easier for employers to successfully defend unemployment insurance benefit claims.

Blog Post
08/04/2011
By Jason Tremblay

In a rare FLSA victory for employers, the 11th Circuit recently handled down a key decision for employers seeing to limit their exposure to attorneys’ fees in FLSA actions which, in many cases, can far exceed the amount of damages suffered by the employees. In Dionne v. Floormasters Enters, 2011 U.S. App. Lexis 15560 (11th Cir July 28, 2011), the court effectively held that employers can avoid paying attorneys’ fees in FLSA cases by paying the employees all wages claimed, plus the statutory liquidated damage amount, prior to judgment.

Blog Post
03/23/2011
By Jason Tremblay

Chicago Partners Jason Tremblay and Jenifer Caracciolo, and former partner Paul Starkman, recently obtained a significant victory on behalf of a global travel technology company. The client was sued by a former employee for gender and disability discrimination, as well as retaliation, after the employee was terminated for his violation of the company’s medical leave policy.

Blog Post
12/07/2010
By Jason Tremblay

As previously reported, the Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) was passed into law by President Bush in 2008 and became effective on November 21, 2009. On November 9, 2010, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published its final regulations that interpret and implement Title II of GINA. The final GINA regulations take effect on January 10, 2011. This article summarizes GINA and some of its significant regulations, as well as provides constructive guidance to employers in order to help them comply with GINA.

Blog Post
11/18/2010
By David S Wayne

In today's day and age, when social media and networking have become an everyday occurrence, legal issues continue to arise. One such recent issue that has reared its head before the National Labor Relations Board is whether postings by employees on social media sites such as Facebook are protected activities under the scope of the National Labor Relations Act. As discussed in the November 8, 2010, New York Times article Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post

Blog Post
09/13/2010
By Jason Tremblay

The 2010 edition of Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay’s handbook, Employment Law Toolkit, is now available. The handbook is a comprehensive resource highlighting the significant employment and labor issues facing Illinois employers. It provides practical and cost-effective advice on avoiding employment and labor-related liability and complying with state and federal laws facing employers. [...]

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

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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

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