Recent guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recommends the use of N95 masks for school nursing (Question #31) and custodial staff (Question #37) whose job duties may expose them to […]
As if employers aren’t already tested managing the challenges of the pandemic, on September 30, OSHA updated its COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to remind employers about their duty to report and record COVID-19 related fatalities and hospitalizations. The reporting of […]
As previously reported, the Illinois Human Rights Act was amended to require employers to report adverse judgments and administrative rulings in cases involving sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination to the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”). For additional background on […]
Last summer, the Illinois General Assembly enacted SB75, which among other mandates, requires all Illinois employers to provide annual anti-harassment training to their employees. Illinois employers have until December 31, 2020 to provide this training. The Illinois Department of Human […]
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On September 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a controversial Executive Order “combat[ting] offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating” by federal contractors and recipients of federal grant funds, including schools, colleges, and universities. The order essentially bans […]
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC”) has updated its technical assistance document, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” to include additional information related to the EEOC’s position on various issues […]
Today, September 18, representatives from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 have officially signed a historic agreement. At the signing, Mayor Lori Lightfoot made a point to notice Franczek P.C.’s decades of hard work on […]
On September 8, 2020, the national online publication Education Dive quoted Franczek P.C. Partner Jackie Gharapour Wernz in an article addressing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Education Dive article addresses OCR’s recent publicized shift in perspective […]
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Originally posted on our Wage and Hour Insights blog. On September 8, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down portions of a January 2020 Final Rule issued by the Department of Labor. The Final Rule provided […]
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In response to a U.S. District Court decision striking down key aspects of its temporary rule governing leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the U.S. Department of Labor has adopted a revised rule “clarifying” certain aspects of […]
Today, September 9, Chicago’s City Council approved a new contract for Chicago’s firefighters. According to this article, in which firm president and founding partner Jim Franczek is mentioned, “The deal calls for firefighters to get a 10% raise during the term […]
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On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor added to its list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding leave under the FFCRA, tackling questions related to FFCRA leave for children’s remote learning programs. Previously, the DOL’s guidance stated that an […]
Franczek P.C. is delighted to share that firm founding partner and president, James C. Franczek, Jr., and firm managing partner, Michael A. Warner, Jr., have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Labor & […]
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to issues borrowers are facing as they apply for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Most notably, the FAQs aid borrowers in […]
Earlier today, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down four key provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulation implementing the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The […]