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Amendment to Illinois’ Marijuana Law and Its Affect on Employers

Governor Pritzker has signed an amendment to Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the new recreational marijuana law), and – in so doing – has effectively expanded employers’ rights to drug test and discipline for marijuana use. First, public employers may now prohibit/discipline officers, paramedics, and firefighters from/for using and possessing marijuana when they are […]

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Cannabis Clean Up Tour with Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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.

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Illinois Statutory Law Changes with Decatur Area SHRM

On February 11, 2020, Attorney David Lubben will present on Illinois Statutory Law Changes at the monthly meeting of the Decatur Area SHRM.

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Policies on Marijuana, Drug Testing, and Reasonable Accommodations – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On February 19, 2020, Attorney Nicole Meyer will present “Policies on Marijuana, Drug Testing, and Reasonable Accommodations.”  Topics covered will include: What options are available to employers for use of marijuana? What are the risks associated with different drug testing programs? Do employers have to accommodate the use of medical marijuana as a reasonable accommodation?

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Cannabis Clean Up Tour with DePaul University College of Law

On February 20, 2020, Attorney Nicole Meyer will present on Policies on Marijuana, Drug Testing, and Reasonable Accommodations and Workers Compensation at DePaul University College of Law (CLE provided).

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Wage & Hour Laws – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

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 […]

Posted in: Events, Jay H. Scholl, Richard A. Russo
Bradley University OLLI Study Group

On April 1, 2020, Attorney Nicole Meyer is leading an OLLI study group on the new recreational marijuana law and its implications for employers and businesses on Bradley’s campus.

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The Workplace Transparency Act and Employment Agreements – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On April 15, 2020, Attorney Paul Burmeister will present “The Workplace Transparency Act and Employment Agreements”.  Topics covered will include: Non-solicitation, non-competition, and anti-raiding terms courts will enforce; Trade secret protections for employers and required language and notices; New restrictions on confidentiality, arbitration, and severance agreements.

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Cannabis Clean Up Tour – Central Illinois Chapter of the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association

On April 23, 2020, Attorney Nicole Meyer will present on the new recreational marijuana legislation and its impact on business and insurance for the Central Illinois Chapter of the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association Conference at Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

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Investigating Employee Complaints and Disciplinary Decisions – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On May 20, 2020, Attorney Abby Clark will present “Investigating Employee Complaints and Disciplinary Decisions.”  Topics covered will include: elements of an effective and legal harassment policy; conducting thorough investigations and documenting; confidentiality in the Investigation process; employee complaints and union organizing; and best practices for disciplinary actions.

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What You Need to Know about Immigration – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On June 17, 2020 Attorney Lubben will be presenting “What you Need to Know about Immigration”.  Topics covered will include: Basics on Visa Programs; I-9 Preparation, Review, Correction and Preservation; ICE Audits for I-9 Compliance & Post-Audit Notices; Worksite raids and detention of employees; What to do when you get an SSA no match letter.

Posted in: David G. Lubben, Events
Avoiding Common Benefits Issues – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On July 15, 2020, Attorney Michael Rayfield will present “Avoiding Common Benefits Issues.”  Topics covered will include: are HR Professionals fiduciaries under ERISA?; Are employee contributions being timely transferred to a 401(k) Plan?  Do employer eligibility provisions comply with federal law?  Are employees on unpaid leave eligible for benefits under the ACA?  What benefits are […]

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Managing Absenteeism, Accommodation and Leave Issues – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On August 19, 2020, Attorney David Lubben will present “Managing Absenteeism, Accommodation and Leave Issues.”  Topics covered will include: the importance of clarifying attendance policies and time tracking procedures; legally protected leave, including leave under the FMLA and USERRA; leave as an accommodation for disabling conditions, pregnancy, religious practices, and domestic violence victims; identifying and […]

Posted in: David G. Lubben, Events
The NLRB Strikes Back – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On September 23, 2020, Attorney Keith Braskich will present “The NLRB Strikes Back.”  Topics covered will include: lawful and unlawful company policies: which employees can be organized; understanding the difference between protected and unprotected activities; remaining union free- best practices.

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Preparing Effective Handbooks – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On October 21, 2020, Attorney Abby Clark will present on “Preparing Effective Handbooks.”  Topics covered will include: is your handbook an employment contract?; laws that impact handbooks; what every handbook should (and shouldn’t!) include; handbook best practices; and keeping your handbook fresh, relevant and accurate.

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Safe Selection – Reducing Your Hiring Risk – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

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 […]

Posted in: Events, Jay H. Scholl, Richard A. Russo
“Free Rider” Argument Fails: Without Union Dues, Public Unions Remain Exclusive Representatives of Public Employees

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ruled that the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 does not relieve public unions of their obligations to serve as the exclusive representative of public employees. Public unions must continue to represent all employees, union members or not, “fairly, equitably, and […]

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After Three Changed Positions and Nearly 20 Years, the National Labor Relations Board is Exempting Graduate/Teaching Student Assistants from the National Labor Relations Act

New Board, New Rule On September 20, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it will establish a regulation exempting student graduate assistants, teaching assistants, research assistants, and other similar positions from the definition of an employee under the National Labor Relations Act. The proposed rule was posted in the Federal Register on September […]

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DAZED and CONFUSED: Employer Concerns Due to Passage of Illinois’ Recreational Marijuana Legislation

Nicole D. Meyer, Esq. Davis & Campbell, L.L.C. ndmeyer@dcamplaw.com On June 25, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state to approve marijuana for recreational use for individuals age 21 and older.  Governor Pritzker argues that the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“CRTA”), set to go into effect on January 1, 2020, […]

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Peoria Employment Lawyer Fights to Defend Business

J. Reed Roesler was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine, a publication that for years has recognized his experience and depth of legal knowledge in the areas of management-side labor and employment law. Click here to read the article »

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Fingerprint Scans and Other Biometric Data Used by Employers May Prove Costly

On May 31, 2018, a federal judge in Chicago refused to dismiss allegations that an employer and its time-keeping equipment supplier violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). In part, BIPA requires private entities in possession of biometric information — including retina or iris scans, fingerprints, voiceprints, or scans of hand or face geometry — […]

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Supreme Court Gives Green Light on Employer Arbitration Contracts That Prohibit Class Actions

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, ruling that companies can draft employment contracts to include arbitration clauses that bar employees from joining together in court and taking legal action concerning workplace issues. For thousands of companies, this decision means they can continue to require arbitration agreements […]

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Retroactive Application of Boeing Co. Leaves Employer Grounded in Employment Policy ULP

Recent changes at the National Labor Relations Board gave employers hope that some Obama-era regulations and rulings would be loosened. However, despite some favorable rulings, the recent decision in Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co. demonstrates it will take time for the Board’s new rulings to roll down to the Administrative Law Judge level. In reviewing […]

Posted in: Attorney News, Firm News, Paul H. Burmeister
November 2017

On November 2nd, Derek A. Schryer and Jeff. J. Huzenga will be at Estate Planning Council of Central Illinois, speaking on the topic of Strategies Involving IRA and Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations. View More

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September 2017

Attorney Derek A Schryer spoke at ERISA – Common Mistakes Made By Employers in Designing/Administering Employee Benefit Plans on September 12th during a luncheon. He discussed avoiding common errors in the design and administration of benefit plans. Other topics of discussion were: ACA requirements, ERISA preemption rules, caution in regards to reactive changes to health […]

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The Employee Right to be Disloyal

J. Reed Roesler published “The Employee Right to be Disloyal” in AAIM/EA Connections Quarterly (Spring 2015) Click here to read the article »

Posted in: J. Reed Roesler, Publications
Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Financial Planning

October 16, 2014 at Embassy Suites East Peoria — Derek Schryer will present on wills, trusts, and estate planning at “Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Financial Planning,” in conjunction with The Commerce Trust Company, The Salvation Army, and Laurus Strategies.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the panel discussion to follow at 6 […]

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Words Matter: Employer Assessments of Employee Mental Health Conditions

J. Reed Roesler published “Words Matter: Employer Assessments of Employee Mental Health Conditions” in AAIM/EA Connections Quarterly (Spring 2014). Click here to read the article »

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December 18, 2013

Davis & Campbell attorneys will present “Employment Law Overview: A Panel Discussion” for the AAIM Employer’s Association.  The format of this session will be a panel discussion to provide attendees with information needed to understand the wide range of federal, state, and local laws that require employers’ consideration.  Topics also will include personnel practices, recordkeeping, […]

Posted in: Events, J. Reed Roesler
December 11, 2013

Keith Braskich will be a featured presenter at the Lorman Education Services’ Employment Law Update.  Keith’s discussion will focus on “Documentation — Do Your Practices Help or Hurt?”  Contact Keith for more information or to register for the seminar.

Posted in: Events, Keith J. Braskich
Please Check Your Guns at the Door: Employer Rights under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act

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). Click here to read the article »

Posted in: Publications, Richard A. Russo
September 11-13, 2013

Bill Campbell is presenting at the ESOP Association’s 5th Annual Midwest Regional Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In an effort to educate first-time attendees and those new to the subject matter, Bill and his colleagues will cover the basic structure and function of an ESOP, the interaction of various professional functions, ownership culture, ESOP communications, and […]

Posted in: Events, William H. Campbell
August 21, 2013

Reed Roesler will present “Special Employment Issues: Privacy, Defamation, and Company Security” for the AAIM Employer’s Association.  Topics will include protecting your company’s reputation and assessing risks associated with employee speech, your legal responsibility for information privacy, dealing with cyberspace (including emails, blogs, tweets, and chat boards), and keeping employees safe by preventing workplace violence.  […]

Posted in: Events, J. Reed Roesler
August 19, 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.

Posted in: Events, Richard A. Russo
August 15, 2013

2013 Agri Business Seminar — On August 15, 2013, Derek Schryer and Jay Scholl are presenting at the 2013 Agri Business Seminar.  Held at the Best Western Ashland House in Morton, Illinois, the presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with a free hot breakfast buffet served at 7:30 a.m.  In addition to Derek and […]

Posted in: Derek A. Schryer, Events, Jay H. Scholl
August 2013

2013 Agri Business Seminar — On August 15, 2013, Derek Schryer and Jay Scholl are presenting at the 2013 Agri Business Seminar.  Held at the Best Western Ashland House in Morton, Illinois, the presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with a free hot breakfast buffet served at 7:30 a.m.  In addition to Derek and […]

Posted in: Derek A. Schryer, Jay H. Scholl
June 2013

Reed Roesler published “If You Can’t Say Something Nice…” in AAIM/EA Connections (June 2013).”

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April 17, 2013

Keith Braskich presented “The Rights & Obligations of Non-Union & Unionized Employers Under Labor Laws” for the AAIM Employer’s Association.  Topics included managing employee communications in cyberspace, balancing protected employee speech and workplace conduct, guarding against discrimination for protected activities, and remaining union free/protecting unrepresented employees in the workplace.

Posted in: Events, Keith J. Braskich
April 11, 2013

Abby Clark presented “Performance Evaluations” for the Macomb Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Topics included productive reasons for discipline, effective coaching, and the role performance evaluations play in terminations.

Posted in: Abby J. Clark, Events
February 28, 2013

Abby Clark presented “Developments in Management Labor & Employment Law” for the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies’ Mid-Year Meeting.  Topics included newly-issued EEOC guidance materials regarding background checks, last chance agreements, and revised FMLA regulations.

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BNHRC Annual Employment Law Update

Davis & Campbell will present at the Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council’s Annual Employment Law Update. Designed for HR managers and their staff, business owners, and other key personnel who need to know important changes in employment law, this annual program provides a practical explanation of the changing legal landscape and its impact on employers. Program […]

Posted in: Events, Keith J. Braskich
February 20, 2013

David Lubben presented “Preparing Effective Handbooks & Employment Agreements” for the AAIM Employer’s Association.  Topics included language that could transform handbooks into employment contracts, laws that impact handbooks and agreements, best practices, and how to keep your own handbook relevant and current.

Posted in: David G. Lubben, Events
January 2013

Abby Clark and Derek Schryer were named Members of the firm.

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Employment Law Update

Keith J. Braskich and David G. Lubben will be featured presenters at the Lorman Educational Services Employment Law Update. Contact Keith or David for more information or to register for the seminar.

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Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues

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’ […]

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“Office Politics” in AAIM/EA Connections

Reed Roesler published “Office Politics” in AAIM/EA Connections (November 2012). Click here to read the article »

Posted in: J. Reed Roesler, Publications
SHRM Chapter’s Annual Human Resources Conference

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.

Posted in: David G. Lubben, Derek A. Schryer, Richard A. Russo
2012 Agri Business Seminar

Derek Schryer and Jay Scholl are presenting at the 2012 Agri Business Seminar. Held at the Best Western Ashland House in Morton, Illinois, the presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with a free hot breakfast buffet served at 7:30 a.m. In addition to Derek’s programs on “To Gift or Not to Gift: The 2012 […]

Posted in: Derek A. Schryer, Jay H. Scholl