By

Mark McAnulty
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, federal, state and local governments have taken unprecedented measures, including recommending that no more than ten people gather at a time, and ordering the closure of certain businesses like gyms, bars and restaurants. For employers concerned about liability to employees who you ask to report to work as...
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The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced today its final overtime rule, increasing the minimum salary threshold for avoiding overtime eligibility to $35,568. The current annual salary threshold is $23,600. The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2020. It is estimated that the rule will extend overtime coverage eligibility to 1.2 million Americans....
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By Mark McAnulty and Nick Golding Illinois is expected to adopt the proposed Workplace Transparency Act (the “Act”), a sweeping new law imposing significant additional duties upon Illinois employers. The Act passed both the House and the Senate unanimously and was sent on June 10 to Governor Pritzker, who is expected to sign the Act into law. ...
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The latest challenge to Kentucky’s right to work law has been defeated. On January 23, 2017, a Franklin Circuit Court judge dismissed a union lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s Right to Work law, which was passed into law in 2017. Under the Kentucky Right to Work law, employers and unions are prohibited from entering into union contracts...
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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the legality of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and employer arbitration agreements in Kindred Nursing Centers, Inc. v. Clark.  This ruling from the nation’s highest court is undoubtedly a positive one for employers who wish to arbitrate disputes rather than going to court. In Kindred, the U.S. Supreme...
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In the wake of the 2016 election, Republicans took control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives in Kentucky for the first time in almost a century, and they did not waste any time following through on their promise to enact right-to-work legislation. In a special Saturday session on January 7, 2017, Governor...
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On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner of Illinois signed into law the Child Bereavement Leave Act (the “Act”). The Act took effect immediately upon being signed by the Governor. What the Act Provides Under the Act, eligible employees are entitled to use a maximum of two weeks (10 work days) of unpaid bereavement leave to:...
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On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.  Under the MOU, the agencies may share information and coordinate enforcement of federal and state laws and regulations regarding classification of workers.  In addition to Kentucky, the DOL has...
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Effective March 27, 2015, employers must administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to give spouses in same-sex marriages the same ability as all spouses to fully exercise their rights under the FMLA.  This, pursuant to a Final Rule of the Department of Labor (“DOL”), amends the definition of “spouse” in the FMLA regulations,...
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On February 4, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released litigation data for its fiscal year 2014, which ran from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.  The EEOC enforces Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. Overall,...
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