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.

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June 22, 2021

One of the Many Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: This Country is in Need of Guaranteed Paid Leave for Workers

By Katherine E. Stryker In a country that has historically provided minimal legal protections for workers, the pandemic has certainly exposed how vulnerable our workforce truly is and the need for reform going forward. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act...

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May 22, 2021

Pragmatic Changes Arrive for Illinois Practitioners

By Alexis D. Martin When it comes time for briefing, Illinois practitioners will find a dearth of State case law as compared with federal decisions. In part, this is due to the fact that federal trial courts may have their...

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    Caffarelli & Associates Ltd.

    224 South Michigan Avenue
    Suite 300
    Chicago, Illinois 60604

    P: (312) 763-6880