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“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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7th Circuit Appellate Panel Rules Americans with Disabilities Act Doesn’t Cover Future Ailments

On October 29, 2019, a panel for the Seventh Circuit reversed the lower court’s decision denying Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company’s (“BNSF”) motion for summary judgment holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) only protects discrimination against current ailments, not ones that may later evolve due to an individual’s weight. Shell v. Burlington […]

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Illinois Legislative Changes

Workplace Transparency Act Goes into effect on January 1, 2020. States that any employment agreement that has the purpose of preventing an applicant or employee from making truthful statements about alleged unlawful employment practices (i.e., discrimination and harassment) is against public policy, void to the extent it prevents these statements, and severable from an otherwise […]

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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. 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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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 […]

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