Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. represents individuals in employment law matters from negotiation through trial.

Employment is a pillar of life’s journey – providing people with financial stability, social and business networks and the satisfaction of a job well done. As a result, workplace disputes can be particularly traumatic, both for employees and their families. Since 2001, Alejandro Caffarelli and his team of attorneys at Caffarelli & Associates have taken pride in providing the advice and legal representation necessary to guide clients through challenging times.

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We Fight for Your Rights

Our employment attorneys fight tirelessly for your rights, whether you are a business owner, executive, professional, or hourly wage earner. Although we are equipped to accept all types of cases, the Firm has substantial experience in the following areas:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can my job require me to work overtime hours?

Generally, yes. There are no federal or state laws that prohibit an employer from requiring you to work overtime. However, the existence of a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract that places limits on working overtime may affect an employer’s ability to require you to work overtime.

It depends on whether you perform job duties that qualify you as “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Common exemptions under the FLSA include the Executive, Administrative, and Professional exemptions. However, if you are a non-exempt employee and are paid on a salary basis, then you are generally still entitled to overtime pay for all hours worked over forty per workweek.

An employee’s right to a commission payment depends largely on the terms of the employment contract in place. With that being said, if all the requirements to earn a commission have been satisfied according to the contract, then an employee has a right to be paid their earned commission under Illinois law.

Yes. Illinois state law mandates that employers pay employees for all earned vacation time upon separation of employment. The payment for the accrued and unused vacation time must be included in the last paystub.

We Take Pride
in Doing Right By You

We understand how difficult it can be to stand up against your employer when you rely on your income to make ends meet, but we also know how important it is to stand up for what is right. That is why you will work with an employment lawyer who has a deep understanding of the applicable laws, and can help you navigate your case to obtain the best possible outcome.

The Latest News

January 11, 2022

Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. Promotes Alexis D. Martin to Partner

Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. is extremely pleased to announce that Alexis D. Martin has been elevated to the position of Partner within the Firm. Alexis has worked at Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. since 2014; her practice is focused on class...

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January 4, 2022

Illinois Limits the Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants

by Nicole Young On January 1, 2022, an employee-leaning amendment to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (IFWA) took effect. In response to a growing national concern over lower-paid employees being burdened with post-employment restrictive covenants, the IFWA was amended...

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    Caffarelli & Associates Ltd.

    224 South Michigan Avenue
    Suite 300
    Chicago, Illinois 60604

    P: (312) 763-6880
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