Recent Posts in Employment Law Category

  • Can Using an Emoji Land You in Court?

    Take a minute and glance at your text messages, peruse social media, review your emails (both professional and personal). It’s almost certain that you’ll find little emojis littered throughout an otherwise dry or short communique. Emojis, or those little digital images formerly known as “emoticons,” were born in order to help provide more meaning and tone to the unfeeling landscape that is our ...
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  • How Do We Eliminate Negative Biases From Employment?

    We’ve all seen the results from numerous studies finding that diversity – be it gender, ethnic, racial, and/or cultural diversity – has impressive business benefits. [1] We know from the McKinsey Study that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have returns above national industry medians. At first glance, it seems that companies are recognizing and ...
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  • What laws should I be worried about after I leave my job?

    When you leave a job to start a new position, you are hoping to look forward instead of having to deal with issues with your former employer. To avoid legal problems, it is important to understand some of your post-employment obligations. Many employees sign employment agreements that contain non-compete or non-solicitation clauses. These clauses prohibit soliciting clients and employees from your ...
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  • What Counts as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

    Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes eliminating sexual harassment. Prevention is critical, and employers can offer sexual harassment training and provide effective complaint or grievance filing processes to discourage sexual harassment. But what actually counts as sexual harassment in the workplace? Generally, offhand comments, ...
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  • Can being a business focused on doing good help attract better, more engaged employees?

    According to Emily Lonigro of LimeRed Studio , the answer is yes. Being a certified B Corp requires a business to look at its environmental, community, and employee impact. That focus is contrary to the traditional model of business where shareholder value is the only measurement that matters. Although she originally went after the certification because she believed in promoting a social purpose ...
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  • Illinois Discrimination Laws Protect Transgender Citizens

    Illinois is one of the most socially progressive states in the nation. It has been at the forefront of LGBT human rights for years, including adding protections in its Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) for LGBT individuals. In 2006, Illinois added “sexual orientation” to the state’s non-discrimination statute, which protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination based on their sexual ...
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  • Myths Professional Women Need to Banish!

    Myth # 1: The # 1 myth that STILL persists out there is the one that says "if I just work hard enough" or "if I just do a good enough job" ... Then I'll get noticed, promoted, a raise, a larger team, more responsibilities, the big project, a bigger budget, etc. Working harder doesn't get you ahead. It's working on the right things, cultivating the right relationships and making sure those who can ...
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  • Answers to the Top 5 Questions About the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

    1. What are the differences between the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances? The Ordinances are virtually identical - the largest exception being references to location (City of Chicago versus Cook County) of applicability. If an employer complies with the Cook County Ordinance, it has also complied with the City Ordinance. An employee seeking relief from a local ...
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  • What's Enough?

    One of the most powerful coaching questions I ask executive women is “What’s enough?” It normally stops them in their tracks. These women are used to defining ‘enough’ as EVERYTHING! They are used to getting A+s all through school and now expect the same of themselves throughout their career. So what happens when “everything” becomes impossible to accomplish? Guilt, depression, stress, anxiety and ...
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  • How Do I Prove That My Employer Retaliated Against Me?

    If you were discriminated against in the workplace and took action or reported illegal conduct on the part of your employer, the law prohibits your employer from retaliating against you. Despite this protection, many employers still seek to punish employees who stand up for their rights and, surprisingly, more than a third of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity ...
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  • Communication, Communication, Communication!

    As an executive recruiter, the number one complaint about recruiters is that they don’t return emails or phone calls, sometimes at all. It’s a valid frustration and I admittedly have let the ball drop during my career now and again (horrible I know)! I am sure if you are reading this, you probably have too (let’s be honest). I have seen an increase in poor communication in business dealings over ...
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  • What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee?

    As an expecting woman in the workplace, you are already likely dealing with the challenges associated with the pregnancy process, such as morning sickness, frequent doctor’s visits, and discomfort. Having your rights violated by your employer should not have to be a concern of yours as you prepare to welcome a child into the world. Federal and Illinois laws can help you remain healthy, ensure that ...
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  • Chicago's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

    As of July 1, 2017, all employers in Chicago will be required to provide eligible employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in each 12 month period. The law is an amendment to the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance (2-25-050). Who is a covered employer? Any individual or business that maintains operations within the City of Chicago boundaries or who is subject to Chicago’s licensing requirements and ...
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  • Making HR Work for You

    If you’re an executive and have direct reports, you should make sure you have your company’s HR department on speed dial. As much as you may be tempted to handle complicated employee problems on your own, HR is there to help. Not only can HR help make sure your employment practices comply with existing law, but HR can also help you navigate various employment issues with ease. When should you ...
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  • Five Don'ts When Handling an Employee Termination

    Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult tasks to undertake as a manager. Done well, and you will help move your former employee out of the organization with a clear, fair message about why he or she is leaving. Done poorly, and you may send your former employee packing with (at least the specter of) potential claims against your company. Below are several steps to avoid to help ensure ...
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  • How Managers Can Best Handle Terminating an Employee

    Many executives would likely admit that handling employee terminations is their least favorite part of the job. The process can be unpleasant, emotionally charged, and worse, it can subject an employer to legal liability if mishandled. If you are considering terminating an employee, this post provides practical advice on how to carefully document your decision and carry out the termination. These ...
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  • How To Tell When It Is Time To Quit

    Leaving a job, especially one that compensates well, is a very difficult decision for any executive. After investing what seems like endless time and energy into an organization’s success, it can be difficult to let go and pursue new opportunities. Sometimes there may not even be an obvious reason driving your departure, but you sense that it is time to part ways with your employer nonetheless. ...
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  • First Day on the Job? 8 Tips for Making it a Success

    Bad first impressions are hard to shake, so it’s critical that you ensure you make the right impression on your first day at a new job. Here are eight tips for making your first day at a new job a success: Don’t be late. Nothing is worse than being late on your first day. Make sure you practice your route to work before your first day. On the day of, be sure to leave yourself some extra time to ...
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  • Four Ways to Respond to a 360 Review

    A 360 review offers benefits for both the company and for employees by providing – hopefully – constructive feedback. It can allow for peer-to-peer guidance so that a company and employees can improve operations, productivity, and profitability. However, a negative review or comments can be potentially damaging to an employee’s career. Sometimes the information in the review may not even be ...
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  • Charting Your Executive Career

    Since executives spend so much of their time making management decisions and driving revenue, it can be challenging to devote time to their own career development. If executives take even a small fraction of the time they spend strategizing on behalf of their companies to strategizing about their own futures, climbing the corporate ladder can become a much more obtainable goal. Here are three ...
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  • Four Factors to Consider When Negotiating an Employment Contract

    High-level executives usually rely on employment law attorneys to negotiate employment contracts, and for good reason: it’s an opportunity to clearly outline expectations and minimize future disputes. In any employment contract, compensation and benefits are key. However, there are many other factors that are essential to a productive and mutually rewarding employment relationship and should ...
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  • 5 Signs Your Contractor May Be An Employee

    We’re excited to release our first in a series of videos sharing free legal knowledge with our readers and colleagues. Does your company have a contractor who is actually an employee? Watch this video to find out.
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