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Category Archives: Employment

An Epic Win for Employers

May 24, 2018

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) means business. And in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285 (May 21, 2018), the FAA means continued support for businesses. Interpreting the FAA, the Supreme Court held that employers and employees could agree to resolve disputes between them through one-on-one private arbitration […]

Instructing Juries on the Elements of Employment Discrimination: The Important Distinctions Made in Schnitker v. Springfield Urban League, Inc.

July 6, 2017

While movies and television shows never include a scene about jury instructions, in which the attorneys make impassioned (but boring) arguments about comma placement and the definitions of commonly used words, trial attorneys recognize that jury instructions can make or break a case. In a recent employment discrimination trial in Springfield, Illinois, faulty jury instructions […]

Reshaping “Sex” Discrimination?

May 31, 2017

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first circuit to hold that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Hively v. Ivy Tech Cmty. Coll. of Ind., 853 F.3d 339, 341 (7th Cir. 2017). “For many years, the […]

Expanding Prohibitions on Accessing Applicants’ and Employees’ Personal Online Accounts: An Amendment to Illinois’ Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act

April 19, 2017

Does your company monitor its network or devices for network security or data confidentiality? Does your company have any policies or practices that seek access to any employees’ personal online accounts? If so, a recent amendment to Illinois’ Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (“Act”) may require your company to adopt or revise its […]

Taking Time to Grieve: The Illinois Child Bereavement Act

February 22, 2017

A new Illinois law requires employers with at least 50 employees to provide FMLA-eligible employees up to 10 workdays of unpaid leave to attend a child’s funeral (or its alternative), to make necessary arrangements resulting from the death of a child, or to grieve a child’s death. The new law, aptly titled the Child Bereavement […]

Consider It (Not) A Deal: Whether offering “continued” or “new” employment, an offer for “at-will” employment is insufficient consideration to form a contract

February 3, 2015

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently rendered unenforceable employment contracts seeking to bind “at-will” employees unless there is consideration from the employer beyond an offer of employment. In Kathryn Jimenez v. Cintas Corporation, et al., No. ED101015 & ED1011241 (Mo. App. E.D. Jan. 13 2015), the Eastern District held that an offer for at-will employment, […]

No New Math Here: A Recent Illinois Supreme Court Decision Clarifies that “Causal Nexus” ≠ Causation in Retaliatory Discharge Actions

December 18, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court recently reiterated its position that common law retaliatory discharge claims should be treated the same as any other tort claim when it comes to the issue of causation. In Michael v. Precision Alliance Group, LLC, 2014 IL 117376, the state’s high court reaffirmed its prior rulings on the elements of retaliatory […]