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The Holidays Are A'Comin

Over the past few years, the author has written a "Holiday Article" to provide some guidance/legal insight into the somewhat complicated "Business Holiday Party". I have received numerous suggestions and/or recommendations (and some good natured kidding), but I am not detoured! It is never too early to begin planning for the Holiday Season of Calendar 2017!

Illinois Privacy Issues

A Chicago law firm, Edelson P.C., that bills itself as the "Plaintiff Class Action Powerhouse" has launched three (3) separate class action lawsuits in the Cook County court system for what is alleged as violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.).

Harvey and Irma - Employer's Dilemma

The effects of Harvey and Irma will have longstanding impact on the expenditure of federal resources and the everyday life of Texas and Florida citizens. They are also a reminder to all businesses of the impact of natural events and the importance of disaster recovery planning. A business' first concern should always be the safety and protection of its employees and its physical property. However, a natural disaster can destroy a business' information and assets that are critical to its success and continuity. There are key steps to prepare and respond to a natural disaster and to minimize the disruption. Here are a few steps to conduct for an effective disaster recovery plan:

Not if, But When: Employers Must Have Plan in Place to React to; Data Breaches Compromising Employee Records

Last year U.S. companies and government agencies reported 1,093 data security breaches, a 40 percent increase from 2015. The high-profile breaches include the hacking that affected more than 1,000 Wendy's Co. chains in July 2016. Just last week, McDonald's Canada announced that data of 95,000 of its job applicants were compromised in a cyber-breach. But, it's not only cyber hacking that can cause security breaches for companies; in 2014, the theft of unencrypted laptops at Coca-Cola, revealed sensitive information of about 74,000 current and former employees at the company. Last fall, a Boeing worker inadvertently exposed the personal data of 36,000 Boeing employees in four states by sending a spreadsheet to his spouse. According to a UK-based study, employee error, like that in the Boeing case, is most often to blame for data security breaches.

EPLI Coverage: If You Like Us, Let Them Know

Over the last ten years or so, Employment Practice Liability Insurance ("EPLI") has become a more and more common form of insurance coverage for businesses. Unlike traditional sources of coverage, which insure against risks associated with business operations, products, work injuries, hazards, etc., EPLI covers an employer against liability stemming from employment practices, such as damages (e.g., back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, attorney fees, etc.) for unlawful discrimination, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, etc.

President Trump Appoints MN Supreme Court Justice to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

On May 8th President Trump began nominating judges to fill more than 125 existing vacancies in the nation's federal courts. Among his first 10 nominees following the recent appointment of Justice Neal Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, is our own Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, whom the President nominated to a seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Assuming Judge Stras' appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will continue to influence legal issues in Minnesota but on the federal level since the Eighth Circuit oversees the federal courts in Minnesota as well as Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota. As would be expected, Judge Stras's nomination is supported by conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society (known for its "strict constructionist" position on how the laws and constitution should be interpreted by the courts). Judge Stras holds several degrees from the University of Kansas, including an MBA and JD. After teaching at the University of Minnesota Law School as an assistant professor, in 2010 then Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed him to a vacant seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court and he won re-election in 2012.

Illinois Legislative Stupidity

As everyone is very well aware, the State of Illinois, due to the intransigency of Governor Rauner and Speaker of the House Madigan, has been without a budget for over twenty (20) months. Both Governor Rauner and Speaker of the House Madigan are acting like two (2) little children playing in the sandbox who cannot agree and both of them have decided to "take their ball home". If only it were that easy to get rid of both of them!

Government Business Costs

Over the last number of years, businesses have been hammered by various Government entities (Local, County, State, and Federal) with regard to establishing new policies or procedures that increase the cost of business operation. There is no doubt that the implementation of Obamacare, Tax Increases, increased Medicare/Medicaid contributions, and Executive Orders over the past four (4) or five (5) years have increased the cost to business operations. While some of those costs are fairly obvious, actions taken by the City of Chicago, the County of Cook, and the State of Illinois have also "increased the cost of business operation" and in the opinion of the author, are some of the reasons that businesses are leaving the State.

Best Practices Employers Can Use in Advance of Election Day, to Satisfy Minnesota's Time Off Work to Vote Statute While Also Minimizing Disruptions to Their Operations

Election Day is fast approaching - Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Like most states, Minnesota has a law that protects employees' rights to be absent from work for a sufficient amount of time to be able to vote. Under the Minnesota law, employees have the right to "be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of the election." Obviously the amount of time each employee may need depends on the employee's commute to/from work and their individual polling places, which may vary considerably. Companies cannot interfere with this right, nor deduct from an employee's pay, vacation or PTO because of the absence. Previously this right was limited to a reasonable time off work the morning of the election, but this was changed to allow for flexibility (for employers and employees alike) for the necessary time off to be taken at differing times throughout Election Day.

IRPWA to Further Limit Employers' Access to Employees' Online Accounts

The Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act ("IRPWA" or "Act") was recently amended to expand the protections afforded to employees in Illinois. The amendments to the Act take effect January 1, 2017, and the potential for employer liability will increase under the amendments. Consequently, Illinois employers should educate their human resources and managerial personnel and review their company policies and interview practices with experienced employment counsel to best ensure compliance prior to that date.

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