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Cook County Wage Theft Law

Posted On February 11th, 2015
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Cook County has approved an ordinance to stop employers from committing wage theft.  According to the Chicago Tribune:  "Businesses that have broken state or federal wage and labor laws would be disqualified from receiving property tax abatements, business licenses or county contracts. Companies seeking to do business with Cook County

Tax Component Award Allowed In Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Posted On February 2nd, 2015
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The Seventh Circuit recently held that a court may award a tax component award as part of damages recoverable in an employment discrimination case under Title VII’s remedial scheme. EEOC v. Northern Star involved a wrongful termination case where an employee asserted racial harassment and termination for opposing the harassment.

Co-Employer Doctrine Being Tested In Franchisor Context

Posted On January 26th, 2015
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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers.  The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants at various locations around the country by, among other things,

Unpaid Wages–Court Rules Employers Need Not Compensate For Time Spent Undergoing Security Screenings

Posted On December 10th, 2014
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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that an employer need not compensate for the time that employees spend passing through security screenings at the end of a shift. Integrity Staffing’s employees gathered items for Amazon’s customers. The employees were required to undergo mandatory security

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Retaliatory Discharge Standard

Posted On December 5th, 2014
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The Illinois Supreme Court made an interesting ruling in the case of Michael v. Precision Alliance Group, LLC., 2014 IL 117378.   The ruling helps clarify the standard in Illinois for retaliatory discharge cases.     The Court explained that "while there is no precise definition of what constitutes clearly mandated public policy, a review