Category: Labor & Employment

What Employers Need to Know about the Coronavirus Response Act

By: Abbey Furlong On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), legislation designed to offer initial mitigation of the continually evolving hardships faced by those impacted by the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. Among the measures included in the Act are a number of provisions applicable to employers…

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Basic Steps Employers Can Take Amid COVID-19

by Spencer Willems The rise and spread of the novel coronavirus—and its causing of the disease COVID 19—poses a global health threat unparalleled in living memory.  In order to weather these difficult times, employers should not only stay abreast of the newest headlines and updates about the virus, they should think proactively and plan strategically…

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Calling All Illinois (and Iowa) Employers – Workplace Transparency Act, Part III, and Your 2020 Compliance Checklist

By Maegan Gorham What a week we’ve had reviewing the 2020 Illinois employment law changes. We’re not done yet –read on for part three of the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. This post will focus on training and reporting requirements…

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Workplace Transparency Act – Part II – Employment, Separation, and Arbitration Agreements

By Maegan Gorham Today marks #4 in our Employment Law  Update series where we will discuss part two of the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. This post will focus on required changes to employment, separation, and arbitration agreements entered into,…

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Workplace Transparency Act – Part 1 – IHRA, VESSA, and Hotel Employees Act

By Maegan Gorham If you’ve been reading this week, you know we’ve been covering the various changes to Illinois employment law going into effect in 2020. Today, I’ll discuss the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. The WTA prohibits employers from…

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Calling All Illinois Employers – We’re Here to Help You Keep Up-To-Date With Sweeping Changes to Illinois Employment Laws

by Maegan Gorham Newly passed legislation in Illinois, including the Workplace Transparency Act and the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, will significantly affect state employment policies in 2020. The Workplace Transparency Act significantly expands employee protections by making a number of changes to existing laws and by requiring changes to employment agreements, annual reporting, and…

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Changes to Title IX Regulations

What You Need to Know about the Secretary of Education’s Proposal and the Public Response. By: Maegan Gorham On November 29, 2018, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a proposal for new Title IX regulations addressing institutional response to incidents of sexual harassment and allowed public comment on the proposed changes through the required notice…

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Changes Coming to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act

By Troy Howell On March 30, 2017, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 518, which contains many changes to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act. The effective date for this new legislation is July 1, 2017. Here is a link to House File 518 which shows all the changes: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/LGR/87/HF518.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery. What are the major changes? While…

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Is the ACA in Your Mailbox? Reading Between the Lines on Marketplace Subsidy Notices

By: Tim Gulbranson As the multi-year phase-in of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, requirements for employers, employees, and government agencies continue to be rolled-out and enforced.  The newest mandate of the law, the Employer Notice Program for Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (which includes both Iowa and Illinois), was implemented by the Centers for Medicare &…

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Actions to Take Now for the New Overtime Rule

By: Mikkie Schiltz The Department of Labor recently issued overtime rules this week. These rules present a major overhaul for the threshold of exempt employees: from $23,660 to $47,476. Employees who earn less than $47,476 are not exempt from overtime, and must be paid time and a half for all hours in excess of 40…

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

By: Diane Reinsch Your website is your welcome mat to the outside world, telling others about what you do and who you are. You worked hard to send the right message, choose the right colors, and make it user friendly. A person with a disability wants to visit your website, but cannot do so because it…

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Dust Off Your Job Descriptions: A Tale About Reasonable Accommodations

By: Diane Reinsch Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, covered employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities, to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of their jobs, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without…

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Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors

By: Mikkie Schiltz It seems like every week, a news story surfaces talking about Uber, the infamous ride-sharing service. Bloomberg Business caught my eye with one such story, entitled “Uber Judge Taps Brakes on California’s Drivers’ Suit Outcome.” The article discusses the implications of the lawsuit California Uber drivers filed against the company lobbying to…

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Lane & Waterman attorney, Judith Herrmann, presents at December 9 United Way Non-Profit Board Governance Series

As part of United Way of the Quad Cities’ four-part Non-Profit Board Governance training series, Lane & Waterman’s Judith Herrmann joined attorneys Jodi Fisk of Deere & Company and Daniel Hardin of Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton, & Noe, to deliver the presentation: Employers’ Obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADAAA). “The number of…

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