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► Big-Bucks Supervisor Scores Overtime Win

April 14, 2023

Many employers labor under the miscon-ception that a highly paid employee is necessarily exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After all, the FLSA was enacted in 1938 to protect low wage workers by requiring employers to pay a minimum wage (currently ...

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► Religious Discrimination: New Employer Obligations Ahead

April 13, 2023

The title is a prediction, not a done deal. But no later than June 2023, I believe the U.S. Supreme Court will jettison a 46-year-old case that neutered an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate all aspects of an employee’s religious observance or practice. And what will the ...

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► New Illinois Law Mandates Paid Leave for Any Reason

April 12, 2023

The Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act (PLFAW) was passed by the Illinois legislature in January and was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on March 13, 2023. Effective January 1, 2024, it will require nearly all private sector employers in Illinois to provide employees a minimum of ...

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► Writing an Effective Performance Improvement Plan

April 10, 2023

If you’ve ever had employees who were struggling in their role, you’ve probably considered your options. It’s a sticky situation to be in. You could let them go, creating a huge headache of turnover time and costs; you could retain them at their current capacity, leaving you ...

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► Workplace Investigations: Another Critical Duty in Your HR Hat

March 24, 2023

As an HR professional, one of your many duties may include conducting a thorough investigation into various issues that arise in the workplace. Whether the issue involves a claim of harassment, a claim of discrimination or a claim workplace misconduct, it is critical that you take steps to ...

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► NLRB Places NDAs in its Crosshairs

March 22, 2023

On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a broadside attack on precedent, confidentiality, and non-disparagement provisions in severance agreements signed by rank-and-file employees. The far-reaching decision calls into question the enforceability of standard severance ...

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► EEOC Holds Hearing on Artificial Intelligence

March 17, 2023

On January 31, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a hearing on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in employment, entitled “Navigating Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems: A New Civil Rights Frontier.” The hearing was part of the ...

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► 401(k) Matching for Student Loan Payments Finally Arrives

March 15, 2023

In this economic environment, employers are doing almost anything to attract and retain a quality workforce. Improving the suite of employee benefit offerings, sometimes without incurring major new expenditures, is top of mind for many. Enter SECURE 2.0, which includes a long-awaited 401(k) ...

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► Protecting Frontline Workers Against Workplace Violence

March 13, 2023

While the stress of the holiday season has passed, many frontline workers still face challenging situations during each shift—and it’s getting worse. A  recent survey found that 70% of frontline workers think customers have become more hostile, with more than half (59%) ...

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► Making Employee's Intention to Quit Effective Immediately

March 10, 2023

An employment relationship may be ended in a variety of ways with different legal conse-quences, so it’s important to accurately determine the method by which it’s terminated. An involuntary termination (i.e., the employee is fired) occurs when the employer decides to end the ...

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