Pregnancy Fairness Act Takes Effect on January 1, 2015

This new year is happy in more ways than one — January 1, 2015 marks the day that the Pregnancy Fairness Act takes effect in Illinois. The Illinois legislature unanimously passed the Act on May 28, which was later signed by Governor Pat Quinn. It is a common-sense law requiring that employers provide reasonable accommodations […]

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Alejandro Caffarelli to Speak at Chicago Bar Association on December 17, 2014

Alejandro Caffarelli was invited to speak for a continuing legal education course entitled “Employment Law in the Digital Age,” which will be held on December 17, 2014 at The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago IL 60604. The subject of Mr. Caffarelli’s panel is “BEST PRACTICES FOR TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE” and is […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Amazon Workers

The Supreme Court today held that warehouse workers need not be paid for the time they spend going through the company’s mandatory security checks. The court reversed a lower court ruling for the workers, who claimed that they spent up to 25 minutes waiting to go through security lines so that Amazon could ensure […]

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State Court Rules: Illinois Pension Law Unconstitutional

A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge in In re: Pension Litigation, found that Illinois’ pension reform law, Public Act 98-059, is unconstitutional. The Court held that the pension reform law “diminished” retiree benefits in violation of Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution, which unambiguously prohibits the diminishment of retiree benefits. The Court ruled […]

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Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. is Open for Business!

On November 1, 2014, Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. moved to new offices at 224 South Michigan Avenue and opened for business. The firm’s location is accessible by public transportation, including Michigan Avenue buses, the red line, the blue line, and all loop trains. If driving from lakeshore drive, exit on congress and turn north onto […]

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Amendment to IHRA Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees Moves to Senate

Earlier this month, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a measure intended to provide additional protections for pregnant employees. If passed, HB 8 will amend the Illinois Human Rights Act to require that employers provide employees reasonable accommodations relating to pregnancy and childbirth. As with the reasonable accommodations already required under the IHRA and the […]

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Limitations on Criminal History Inquires for San Francisco Employers

Effective August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance restricts the ability of private San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees to inquire about and consider criminal history information for employment purposes. The Ordinance’s protections apply to applicants or employees whose place of employment is entirely or substantially located in San Francisco. The Ordinance prohibits […]

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Lorrie T. Peeters is Recognized by California Super Lawyers

Lorrie T. Peeters has been recognized by California Super Lawyers in the 2014 publication. Although she was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2013, this is the first year that Ms. Peeters has been recognized as a California Rising Star by the publication. Super Lawyers selects its attorneys from more than 70 practice areas, […]

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Department of Labor Proposes Rule Change to Expand FMLA Coverage for Same Sex Spouses

On June 20, 2014, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a proposed rule that would extend FMLA protections to otherwise eligible employees in same-sex marriages living in states that do not recognize such marriages. Presently, the FMLA’s definition of “spouse” only covers same-sex spouses living in states that recognize same-sex marriage. Under the proposed amendment, […]

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