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Illinois Whistleblower Act Applies to Individuals In Employment Retaliation Lawsuit

A recently decided case, Hower v. Cook County Sheriff’s Office, 15 C 6404, 2016 WL 612862, at *2-3 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 16, 2016), explains the scope of Illinois Whistleblower claims, including that not only employers can be liable. In that …

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New Trade Secret Law Impacting Employees and Employers

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law. It creates federal court jurisdiction for trade secret violations involving interstate commerce. As most things impact interstate commerce, this will allow jurisdiction in federal court for most employer …

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Am I entitled to overtime?

The Department of Labor issued new rules concerning whether employees gets overtime pay. Many employees and employers think that if someone is paid a salary, they do not have the right to overtime. That is often wrong. Even if employees …

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Are home healthcare workers entitled to overtime in Illinois?

Home healthcare workers are entitled to overtime in many situations in Illinois and elsewhere. The Department of Labor has explained the changes to the overtime rules governing overtime payments for home healthcare workers. Many home health care workers perform work …

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Illinois Passes Child Bereavement Leave Act To Provide Rights If A Child Dies

Illinois just passed a law that provides for a cause of action against larger employers (those governed by the Family Medical Leave Act) who retaliate against employees who need time off work due to the death of a child. Employees …

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