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October 2014 Archives

Illinois Human Rights Act to Cover Sexual Harassment of Unpaid Interns

Governor Quinn recently signed a bill that will amend the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment. As you may recall, the IHRA expansively covers employers with one or more employees (in general, employees with 15 or more employees are covered by the IHRA).

Illinois Prevailing Wage Act - Extended Coverage???

With the recent amendments of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA) and the decision of the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court in the case of Department of Labor v. Sackville Construction Inc., 402 Ill.App.3d 195 (3 rd District 2010), all companies who are receiving public funds, and not just those in the construction industry, need to be cognizant of how the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is proceeding to enforce the IPWA.

Employers' Next Problem - Ebola?

With the recent problems that have arisen because of the Ebola virus's extension to the United States and Spain (the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and Madrid hospital issues), all employers may face a serious crisis in the future. With the first cases of Ebola transmitted outside the Western African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, where a month-long outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people, questions are arising as to how well-prepared other countries and employers are with the fear and potential disastrous consequences of an Ebola outbreak. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola is a virus characterized by a hemorrhagic fever (a fever accompanied by an escape of blood from a blood vessel) and is frequently fatal. As stated above, in the last month, over 3,400 people have lost their lives and the average fatality rate for Ebola exceed 50% of those affected. While the current outbreak is primarily affecting the Western African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, Ebola cases have been reported in the United States and in Spain.

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