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New Form I-9 Goes Into Effect On January 21, 2017

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

A revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, which is required to be filled out for every new employee, was recently issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new version is here. Among other changes to the form, Section 1 now asks to provide “other last names used” and streamlines the certification for certain foreign nationals.

The current version of the Form I-9 will continue to be valid until January 21, 2017. After this date, employers will be required to use the new form.

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Cook County Approves Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Kellie Y. Chen

Kellie Y. Chen

On October 5, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the Cook County Employer Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, to take effect on July 1, 2017. This Ordinance follows in the wake of the City of Chicago approving a similar paid sick leave ordinance in late June that is also to come into effect in July of 2017, as addressed in E. Jason Tremblay’s June 29 blog post, “Paid Sick Leave is Coming to Chicago.”

Paid Sick Leave Under the Ordinance

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China Premier Li Keqiang discusses trade and economic issues in NY

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Ronald Fieldstone

Ronald R. Fieldstone

I had the privilege of attending the New York Economic Club Dinner on September 20, 2016, for Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China. The Premier held this position since March of 2013 and has been very active in the Chinese government since the 1990s. He was extremely engaging and articulate in his speech and responsive to the questions posed to him.

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Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act and Its Impact on Employers

Kellie Y. Chen

Kellie Y. Chen

Employee Sick Leave Act

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Employee Sick Leave Act, Public Act 99-0841 (the Act), which goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The Act requires Illinois employers that currently provide sick leave for employees to allow employees to use their personal sick leave benefits for absences due to illnesses, injuries, or medical appointments of their family members. In short, under the Act, employees can use their personal sick leave for their family members’ medical needs just as they would be able to use their personal sick leave for their own illnesses or injuries.

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Illinois Prohibits Non-Competition Agreements for Low-Wage Employees

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the Act), which will prohibit private sector employers from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage employees. The Act defines low-wage employees as those who earn the greater of: (a) the Federal ($7.25 per hour), State ($8.25 per hour), or local (currently, $10.50 per hour under the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance) minimum wage; or (b) $13.00 per hour.

A covenant not to compete entered into between an employer and a low-wage employee is considered illegal and void under the Act. The Act defines a prohibited “covenant not to compete” as an agreement that would prohibit a low-wage employee from: (a) working for another employer for a specified period of time; (b) working in a specified geographic area; or (c) engaging in similar work for another employer.

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5th Edition of Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers is Now Available

Employment Law ToolkitArnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner, E. Jason Tremblay, has published the 5th Edition of his book entitled “Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers – How to Protect Your Business From Liability and Comply with State and Federal Employment Laws.”

This 182-page book provides an excellent summary of federal and state employment and labor laws facing employers. It also serves as an excellent resource for employers, business professionals and entrepreneurs to protect themselves from employment and labor-related liability. Among other topics in this new edition of the Toolkit are trending topics such as the updated Fair Labor Standard Act regulations, restrictive covenant law developments, worker classification issues, as well as a wide range of other legal topics impacting employers in today’s litigious environment. 

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New Illinois Law Provides For Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

Kellie Chen Kellie Y. Chen

On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed the Child Bereavement Leave Act (the “Act”), making Illinois one of only two states (Oregon being the first in 2014) to require covered employers to provide unpaid leave in the event of the death of an employee’s child.  The Act, effective immediately, requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide employees with up to two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid leave, also known as child bereavement leave.

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USDOL Issues New FLSA and EPPA Posters

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued slightly revised workplace posters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). The new EPPA poster includes updated information regarding civil penalties to employers for violating the Act. The new FLSA poster includes new information regarding worker classification issues, lactation breaks and civil penalties.

All employers governed by these two Acts must immediately post copies of each poster in a conspicuous place in each of their work locations. Luckily, both posters are available online from the DOL website. Therefore, you can simply print off the new copies of the posters and replace your existing two posters. Click to go to the FLSA and EPPA Web pages for a copy of the new posters.

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Paid Sick Leave is Coming to Chicago

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the Ordinance). Provided the Ordinance is signed into law by Mayor Rahm Emanuel (which is expected), the Ordinance will take effect on July 1, 2017. As discussed more fully below, the Ordinance will allow Chicago employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave every 12 months.

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Defend Trade Secrets Act signed into law

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Joseph Kuo

Joseph Kuo

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 was signed into law. The DTSA was unanimously passed in the Senate and ratified in the House by a vote of 410-2. The DTSA became immediately effective for all trade secret misappropriations occurring after the date of enactment.

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