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Employees Sue for Fingerprint Use

Employees of Peacock Foods, an Illinois-based food product manufacturer, recently filed a lawsuit against their employer for alleged violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. Under BIPA, companies that collect biometric information must inter alia have a written retention policy (that they follow). As part of the policy, the law states that they must delete biometric …

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Illinois Passes Religious Garb Law Clarifying Religious Protections Under Illinois Human Rights Law

On August 11, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-100, known as the “Religious Garb Law.”  The law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) by clarifying the scope of protection for sincerely held religious beliefs. Specifically, the amendment makes clear that it is a violation of the IHRA for an …

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Tax Changes Implemented As Part of Revenue Package Supporting Illinois Budget

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Yesterday afternoon, after months of wrangling and a marathon 4th of July weekend session, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 9, the revenue bill supporting the State’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 Budget. The vote ended Illinois’ two year budget impasse and may avoid a threatened …

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Cook County, Illinois Increases Minimum Wage

Effective July 1, 2017, employers in Cook County, Illinois, will be required to pay a higher minimum wage that will continue to increase every year thereafter. On October 26, 2016, the Cook County Board voted to gradually increase the minimum wage to $13 per hour by July of 2020. This is similar to the City …

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A Twisting Path: Illinois Licensure Actions Against Physicians, Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, and Other Professionals

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (the Department), Division of Professional Regulation (the Division), regulates the licenses of numerous professionals in the health care fields, including physicians, nurses, nursing home administrators, and many others. For health care professionals facing an investigation, hearing, or potential disciplinary action related to alleged misconduct, the Division’s process …

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Illinois: Transgender Locker Room Policy Eludes School District Facing Government Sanctions Under Title IX

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held. The OCR released its findings on …

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Medical Cannabis in Illinois: What Employers Need to Know

THE MEDICAL CANNABIS PILOT PROGRAM IN ILLINOIS Is Illinois allowing recreational cannabis use, as is currently the case in Colorado and Washington? No. The Illinois medical cannabis program is one of the most restrictive regulatory programs in the country, limiting individual usage and industry operations much more than a recreational cannabis state such as Colorado. …

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New Rules Provide Insights for Pregnancy Accommodations in Illinois

Since the start of the year, all employers in Illinois with one or more employees are required to provide accommodations for pregnant workers for conditions associated with pregnancy and childbirth.  Now the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC) have issued a set of proposed joint rules to assist …

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Illinois Department of Revenue Issues Proposed Amendments to Shipping and Handling Regulations

The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) recently proposed amendments to its regulations governing the taxability of shipping and handling charges. The Proposed Amendments to 86 Ill. Admin Code §§ 130.415 and 130.410 (Proposed Amendments) are intended “to incorporate the holding of the Illinois Supreme Court in Kean v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 235 Ill. 2d 351 …

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Wine Seller Victory in Illinois Qui Tam Lawsuit

Wine sellers received a second positive update just this week in the qui tam winery lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. On September 3, 2015, Judge Margaret Ann Brennan granted Motions to Dismiss filed by Co-Defendants, 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. and TSG, LLC in a two-count False Claims Act complaint. In Count I, the …

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