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Illinois Requires Paid Break Time for Nursing Moms

Last Friday, August 21, 2018, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill amending the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act (the “Act”) to provide paid break time to nursing mothers “as needed” to express milk during work hours. The new requirement took effect immediately, and applies to all Illinois employers with more than five employees.

Illinois Amends IHRA to Extend Filing Deadlines, Simplify Procedures, and Reduce Administrative Backlog

For years, Illinois employment lawyers have had the frustrating experience of trying to explain the quirks of Illinois Human Rights Act1 (IHRA) practice before the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC) to out-of-state clients and colleagues. For instance, the IDHR required a verified response, styled like an answer, to be submitted within 60 days, and did not permit extensions. It also maintained a 180-day charge-filing deadline, despite the fact that most charges in Illinois are cross-filed with the EEOC, which has a 300-day deadline, resulting in confusion as to timeliness.

Illinois Governor Vetoes Retainage Reform Bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 3052, commonly known as the retainage reform bill, on August 24, 2018. This bill was drafted and supported by the subcontractors lobby, was only lukewarmly embraced by the general contractors lobby, and was opposed by the private owners and developers lobby. It would have established a cap on retainage and mandated a retainage reduction midway through most private construction projects.

Illinois Requires Paid Breastfeeding Breaks

Illinois has amended its Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act in a way that appears to require covered employers to pay for any reasonable breastfeeding breaks, regardless of their length.

Illinois Expands Protections for Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

On August 21, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1595 (“HB 1595”) amending the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act1 (the “Act”). Effective since 2001, the Act applies to employers with more than five employees and grants reasonable break time each day to an employee needing to express breast milk for her infant child. HB 1595 makes several significant changes to the Act, including to the compensability of break time under the Act, and the scope of an employer’s ability to avoid providing the required break time to its employees.

Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program No Longer Mandatory?

The future of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) is uncertain following Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto that could make employer participation in the Secure Choice program optional.

What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Secure Choice Mandatory Retirement Savings Program

Employers in Illinois with at least 25 employees must comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Secure Choice is set to roll out in November 2018.

Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program – A Mandatory Retirement Plan

Employers in Illinois with at least 25 employees must comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Secure Choice is set to roll out in November 2018.

When Must Commissions Be Paid?

Many wage laws and jurisdictions give deference to employment agreements or even past employer practices when determining when commissions are "earned" by an employee and must be "paid" by an employer. As a recent decision illustrates, even in these states employers should not assume that complete deference will be given to the parties' terms without some consideration as to the work performed by the employee and its relationship to the employer's definition of commissions "earned".

Chicago and Cook County Paid Sick Leave: One Year Later

July 1, 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the effective dates of the Chicago and Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinances. A year later, more than 80% of the municipalities in Cook County have opted-out of the requirements of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance.

Jackson Lewis P.C. | Maryland | Maryland Employers, Are You Ready? New Sexual Harassment Law Takes Effect October 1 (September 12, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | Michigan | Paid Leave: Coming to a Michigan Workplace Near You (September 09, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | Michigan | From Ballots to Bills: Michigan Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Time Law and Raises the Minimum Wage (September 11, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | California | California Countdown 2018: Which Labor and Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign? (September 05, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | New York | Significant Compliance Challenges in New York State's Proposed Anti-Sex Harassment Rules: What Can Employers Do Now? (September 07, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | New York | State Appeals Court Expands Scope Of NYC’s Marital Status Discrimination Law (September 12, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | New York | Reminder: New York City Employers Must Distribute Fact Sheet, Post Notice on Sexual Harassment Law by Sept. 6 (September 06, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | Connecticut | Connecticut Continues to Extend Protections to Employees under State Medical Marijuana Law, Rejects Federal Preemption Defense (September 11, 2018)

Goldberg Segalla LLP | New York | New Legislation on Sexual Harassment Will Signifigcantly Affect the Handling of These Cases for Municipalities (September 06, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | Connecticut | Connecticut Court Holds That Refusing To Hire Medical Marijuana User Constitutes Employment Discrimination (September 06, 2018)