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Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Retaliatory Discharge Standard

Can I be fired for being a whistleblower in Illinois? It is illegal in Illinois to fire someone for being a whistleblower.  The Illinois Supreme Court made an interesting ruling in the case of Michael v. Precision Alliance Group, LLC., 2014 IL 117378.   The ruling …

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Unpaid Wages–Court Rules Employers Need Not Compensate For Time Spent Undergoing Security Screenings

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that an employer need not compensate for the time that employees spend passing through security screenings at the end of a shift. Integrity Staffing’s employees gathered items for …

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Co-Employer Doctrine Being Tested In Franchisor Context

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers.  The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants …

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Tax Component Award Allowed In Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

The Seventh Circuit recently held that a court may award a tax component award as part of damages recoverable in an employment discrimination case under Title VII’s remedial scheme. EEOC v. Northern Star involved a wrongful termination case where an …

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Cook County Wage Theft Law

Cook County has approved an ordinance to stop employers from committing wage theft.  According to the Chicago Tribune:  “Businesses that have broken state or federal wage and labor laws would be disqualified from receiving property tax abatements, business licenses or …

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