Franczek Radelet P.C • May 26, 2020
The Illinois Department of Revenue has released the final 2019 Cook County equalization factor. The factor (sometimes referred to as the multiplier) for 2019 is 2.9160. The press release from the Department of Revenue is available here.
Franczek Radelet P.C • May 25, 2020
City Council approved an amendment to the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance to temporarily protect employers from lawsuits. Although the substantive requirements of the Ordinance will still go into effect on July 1, 2020 as scheduled and may still be enforced by the City, individual employees will not be allowed to file lawsuits for violations of the ordinance occurring before January 1, 2021. For safety-net hospitals, the ordinance will still go into effect on January 1, 2021 as originally scheduled.
Franczek Radelet P.C • May 25, 2020
This week, the Chicago City Council approved an Ordinance ensuring that “Covered Employees” can remain at home for COVID-19 related reasons without fear of being fired, even if they have exhausted any legally-mandated or employer-provided leave time.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 21, 2020
On May 20, 2020, the Chicago City Council approved Substitute Ordinance 2020-2343 (“SO2020-2343”), the anti-retaliation ordinance to protect employees from adverse employment action taken due to COVID-19. Also included in SO2020-2343, are substantive revisions to Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “PSLO”) that will take effect July 1, 2020. The amendments come a little more than one week after Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) finalized its paid sick leave rules to account for changes to the PSLO the city council had previously made, which were scheduled to take effect on July 1.
FordHarrison LLP • May 17, 2020
As Illinois employers ponder their futures amid the COVID-19 crisis, many are trying to determine whether some form of reducing employees’ hours is the solution. Many have inquired whether their employees can make up the difference in pay through unemployment compensation (UC) benefits through the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act, and now with enhanced benefits through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The answer to this question is, as with so many legal questions, it depends.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 17, 2020
In the past two weeks, the city of Chicago has undertaken several actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued effects on the city. Specifically, the city is considering a proposed ordinance that would prohibit retaliation against employees unable to work for certain reasons related to COVID-19; plans to vote on whether to delay private civil actions for violations of the Fair Workweek Ordinance; issued final rules related to the Fair Workweek Ordinance generally, and the pandemic’s impact on certain provisions of the Ordinance specifically; and promulgated new rules affecting third-party food delivery services.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 07, 2020
After issuing Executive Orders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including an Order extending Illinois’ stay-at-home mandate through May 30, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has unveiled the “Restore Illinois” plan for reopening the state.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 04, 2020
Amid multiple lawsuits challenging his authority to issue previous stay-at-home orders, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has enacted Executive Orders 2020-32 and 2020-33, which extend Illinois’ stay-at-home mandate, reissue his previous COVID-19 Executive Orders through May 29, 2020, and impose new obligations on employers.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 03, 2020
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has released a model training program meeting the requirements of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), which mandates Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all employees. Under the IHRA, Illinois employers must train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and at least once each year starting in 2021.
Franczek Radelet P.C • May 03, 2020
On April 30, Governor Pritzker issued Illinois’ second stay-at-home order which will remain in effect through May 30. The Order represents the first step in the process to reopen the State during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis. Although the order lifts restrictions on some businesses and public properties such as state parks and golf courses, most of the restrictions regarding social distancing remain in place from the first order. Here are a few highlights for employers who are continuing their operations or re-opening during the term of the order.