The Speak Out Act’s Impact on Policies and Procedures in 2023

January 19, 2023 – Monthly Minute Memo – No. 2023-1 Early last year, on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021”.  This Act, which amended the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), placed a limit on pre-dispute agreements by prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses to the…

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Employer Requirements – Amended City of Chicago Sexual Harassment Ordinance

As of July 1, 2022, employers in the City of Chicago are required to comply with the Commission on Human Relations’ amendments to the City of Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance—focusing on the provisions prohibiting sexual harassment—including expanded employer training and notification requirements.  Employers in the City of Chicago, as it relates to the amended sexual…

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Internal Human Resources Audit – Is Your Company Ready for 2022?

With the new year approaching, it is time for employers to complete their annual Anti-Harassment Prevention Training and to review their agreements, handbooks, and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance with recent and upcoming 2022 legal changes. The following checklist highlights some recommendations to help employers close out 2021 and prepare for these new changes in…

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Illinois Legislature Passes Bill Banning Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements for Certain Employees

On May 31, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 672, amending the Illinois Freedom to Work Act prohibiting non-compete and non-solicitation agreements for employees earning below a certain salary. This amendment codifies various Illinois court decisions.  As of the date of this Memo, the bill is still awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature.  Governor Pritzker…

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EEO-1 Reports and Amendments to the Illinois Business Corporate Act, Human Rights Act, and Equal Pay Act

I.           EEO-1 REPORTS             A.        EEOC Announces Submission Dates for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Reports. After delaying the deadline for filing of 2019 EEO-1 reports, the EEOC announced that employers with 100 or more employees may submit both their 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reports during the period beginning on April 26, 2021 and ending on…

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U.S. Department of Labor Updates

In the final days of 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new guidance regarding the expiration of mandatory FFCRA leave, telemedicine visits, electronic posting for FLSA and FMLA Notices, and the compensability of travel time for employees who spend portions of their day working from home and in the workplace. Below is a…

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