We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.
Since its passage on March 18, 2020, employers have been attempting to forecast how the Department of Labor (DOL) will implement the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA).
In light of the recent COVID-19 epidemic, more employers are getting requests from employees to be able to work remotely, in fear of contracting the disease. As with any request for time off, employers must be mindful that there are state and federal laws that may govern such requests, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These federal laws apply to employers with 50 or more employees, and 15 or more employees, respectively, and in addition to prohibiting discrimination and retaliation on the basis of a medical condition or related leave, they can provide for unpaid leaves for employees.
In July 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 75 in to law, with the majority of its requirements effective January 1, 2020. The bill addresses gender violence accommodations, union representation of members with a conflict of interest in sexual harassment allegations, non-disparagement and non-disclosure provisions in separation agreements, and extension of sexual harassment prohibitions to contract workers and consultants.