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Rick is a member of the firm, concentrating his practice on municipal law, management-side labor and employment matters, and commercial litigation.
Rick regularly counsels employers regarding a large variety of labor and employment issues, including wage & hour, discrimination, leaves of absence, reductions in force, workplace policies, and employment and non-competition agreements. He has represented employers before government agencies such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Department of Labor, as well as before state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
In his municipal practice, Rick serves as the attorney for municipalities and has assisted other governmental bodies with compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, and personnel matters, among others.
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On February 11, 2020, Attorneys Rick Russo and Nicole Meyer will present on the amendment to the Illinois marijuana bill and its effect on employers, medical marijuana/reasonable accommodations, and how the legalization of marijuana may affect workers compensation matters for the Peoria Chamber of Commerce at the Hult Center for Healthy Living.
On March 18, 2020, Attorneys Rick Russo and Jay Scholl will present on “Wage & Hour Laws.” Topics covered will include: What are the new federal minimum salary requirement? What is “compensable” work time, including for meal breaks? What are the minimum wage requirements and what are options for managing wage expenses? What wage deductions are proper? What expenses much be reimbursed to employees? When are workers independent contractors?
On November 18, 2020, Attorneys Rick Russo and Jay Scholl will present “Safe Selection: Reducing Your Hiring Risk.” Topics covered will include: pre-hire testing and assessments; what you cannot and should not ask on job application forms; new restrictions on use of artificial intelligence in the interviewing process; online application processes, advertising openings; and conducting legally sound background checks: FCRA requirements & EEOC Guidance.
Rick Russo published “Please Check Your Guns at the Door: Employer Rights under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (September 2013).
Rick Russo will present “Navigating Wage & Hour Laws in the 21st Century” at the 14th Annual Illinois Human Resource Conference in Oakbrook, Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Contact Rick for more information or to register for the conference.
Rick Russo is presenting “Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues” for the AAIM Employers’ Association. Topics will include the importance of clarifying attendance policies, time tracking procedures, legally protected leave (including leave under the FMLA and ADA), and identifying and reducing fraud and abuse related to absenteeism.
Contact Rick for more information, or the AAIM Employers’ Association to register for the program.
Rick Russo, David Lubben, and Derek Schryer are presenting at the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference. Topics will include wage and hour issues, healthcare reform updates, and best practices in employment terminations.
Contact Rick, David, or Derek for more information, or the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter to register for the seminar.
David Lubben, Rick Russo, and Abby Clark successfully enforced a client’s non-competition agreement by obtaining a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against two former employees who had attempted to start a competing business.
Rick Russo was named a Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.
Rick Russo obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurance company defending a declaratory judgment action.
Rick Russo published “A Snowy Day and Exempt Employees’ Pay” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (December 2011).
Rick Russo was appointed by the Peoria City Council as a Commissioner on the City’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
Rick Russo, Abby Clark, and Derek Schryer presented at the Decatur Area SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference.
Rick Russo published “He Said, She Said: Investigating and Handling Uncorroborated Allegations of Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment” in InterBusiness Issues Magazines (October 2011).
Rick Russo gave a presentation entitled He Said, She Said — Investigating and Handling Uncorroborated Allegations of Sexual Harassment at the annual Illinois State SHRM Conference in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois.
Rick Russo obtained summary judgment for an employer in a failure to accommodate case under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Rick successfully argued that the employer provided the plaintiff with a reasonable accommodation in providing her with a leave of absence.
Rick Russo was named to the Board of Directors for the Business PAC of Central Illinois.