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A federal jury in the Northern District of Illinois recently awarded nearly $23 million to the developer of a luxury hotel in Chicago’s trendy West Loop arising from multiple breaches of contract and fraud by its design-builder. What is particularly striking about the judgment in NHC LLC v. Centaur...

On May 13, 2022, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 3146, amending the Illinois “One Day Rest in Seven” Act into law. Shortly after, Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 3120, the Family Bereavement Leave Act, which amends the Child Bereavement Leave Act. Illinois employers should be...

Case: Bain v. Airoom, LLC, 2022 IL App (1st) 211001 A recent Illinois appellate decision warns that overbroad form arbitration agreements in construction contracts may be unenforceable.

On June 10, 2022, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law two related bills, HB 5412 and HB 4600, sent to him the previous month by the Illinois legislature that will hold a primary contractor (one who has a contract with an owner) liable for the unpaid wages and other amounts owed to employees of...

Under a recent Illinois appellate court decision, local Illinois construction industry groups were held to have standing to sue Cook County, Illinois, but those groups lost on their substantive claim that the County had violated an amendment to the Illinois Constitution. See Illinois Road and...

On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Employee Background Fairness Act, which bans the use of criminal convictions in employment actions in Illinois, with limited exceptions. The law, which we reported upon here after it was passed by the legislature, makes it a...

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has finally issued its long-awaited model sexual harassment prevention training program. As we covered here, the Workplace Transparency Act (WTA), which was passed in 2019, requires Illinois employers to provide yearly sexual harassment training to all...

As referenced in our prior WISE blog article here, earlier this year Illinois enacted legislation legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, effective January 1, 2020 (the “Adult Use Act”). However, given the ambiguity in the original legislation as it related to employer liability and, more...

Effective August 20, 2019, Illinois law provides that a maximum of 10 percent retainage may be withheld from payments under private construction contracts and, after the contract is one-half complete, retainage must be reduced to 5 percent and kept at 5 percent for the remainder of the contract...

Undoubtedly, 2019 has been a year of change for Illinois employers, as businesses grapple with new minimum wages, legalized cannabis use, and a bevy of other legislative updates. Those changes are expected to continue, as the state legislature recently passed a comprehensive new anti-harassment bill...

Last week, the Illinois legislature passed a landmark bill authorizing recreational marijuana. Shortly thereafter, Governor J.B. Pritzker tweeted that he looks forward to signing the bill into law. The bill, formally known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the "Act"), will make it legal under...

A bill pending in the Illinois legislature (HB2838) exemplifies a nationwide trend in the construction industry to hold a contractor who has a direct contract with an owner (“Direct Contractor”) liable for the unpaid wage and fringe benefit obligations of its subcontractors on a private project.

On February 19, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker officially signed a bill that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 by 2025. The state's current minimum wage is $8.25, a level that has remained stagnant since July 2010. The raise will be phased in over the next six years, as follows...

On Friday, companies that collect biometric information suffered a major blow when the Illinois Supreme Court held that actual damages are not required to file suit under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). In the case, Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., a teenage boy...

Public Private Partnerships or, as they are commonly known, P3s or PPPs, are a method of involving private parties in some or all of the financing, design, construction and operation of traditionally public building or infrastructure projects. Recently, P3s have become a more popular means of...

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