Beware Illinois employers! Just because a policy is in or not in your employee handbook does not make it legal under employment laws.
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.
If you are a sports fan, professional or collegiate, you know what time of the year it is - the NFL started on September 8, 2016 with Carolina vs. Denver; in a few weeks, Major League Baseball will start its Playoff Season with a trip to the World Series; College Football is in full force and the National Hockey League will begin shortly. What does this mean to an Employer? An Employer with a "blind eye to sports" risks running into a lot of potential problems and issues with its Employee complement.
1. Defunct Labor Contract? Construction industry employers are particularly vulnerable to this issue. It may not be defunct! A typical fact pattern is that years ago the contractor signed an assent agreement which typically has language binding them to successor agreements. Later, the company assumed that the contract was stale because they had employed no one in this trade for some time. But, still later big problems appeared when the union resurrected the contract and made various claims of violations. Contact us to get contracts like this properly cancelled.
Pokémon Go has taken the United States and the rest of the world by storm with an estimated 75 million downloads in the first three (3) weeks of its release. For the uninitiated (like the author), Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, where users try to capture, train, and battle digitally animated creatures on their mobile devices. The author has more than enough trouble battling real life creatures than delving into animated adversaries!