Posts from June 2023.

In Groff v. DeJoy, Postmaster General (No. 22-174, June 29, 2023 Slip Opinion), the US Supreme Court held that Title VII requires an employer that denies a religious accommodation to show that the burden of granting an accommodation would result in substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its particular business. The Court opined that when courts review religious accommodations in the future they must take into account all relevant factors in the case, including the particular accommodations at issue and their practical impact in light of the nature, size, and operating cost of an employer.

With the rise of active shooters in workplaces and schools there is an ever increasing concern over workplace violence and related employee mental issues. When addressing these concerns a company is faced with a complicated legal matrix to navigate. Companies must closely analyze and comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state workers’ compensation laws, among others.

Illinois temporary staffing agencies are already highly regulated under the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act (the “Act”). As it currently stands, the Act requires temporary staffing agencies to register with the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), which requires proof of, for example, workers compensation insurance, as well as identification of client and employee data. The Act also currently restricts fees that temporary staffing agencies may charge their clients for converting the agency’s staff to permanent employees, and provides many additional safeguards pertaining to temporary workers’ pay and other terms and conditions of employment.

The final phase of the green card application involves an Adjustment of Status (AOS). While their AOS is pending, applicants cannot leave the US without permission, a document called Advance Parole.

Cyber fraud has been around as long as the internet itself, but cyber criminals are more sophisticated than ever. While any experienced email user can spot a phony “Nigerian Prince” a mile away, even the most vigilant businesses are vulnerable to business email compromise (called “BEC”) attacks by the new breed of internet fraudsters.

Effective June 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) allows regulated employers to use oral fluid testing as part of their drug testing programs. The change is pursuant to a final rule that was published on May 2, 2023. However, practically speaking, oral fluid testing cannot yet be implemented because, as of June 1, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had not yet certified any laboratories to perform the testing – and two must be certified for any testing to be performed.

As part of his two-year spending plan, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has proposed mandating 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for many private and public sector workers by January 1, 2025. This proposal, if passed, would represent a marked change from existing state and federal laws which provide for job-protected leave on an unpaid basis to certain eligible employees of larger employers.

On January 1, 2023, we saw the Illinois minimum wage increase from $12.00 to $13.00. The City of Chicago and Cook County are also increasing their set minimum wages on July 1, 2023.

Following on the proposed rule of the FTC on non-competes, another federal threat to non-competes has emerged, this time from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 

On June 1, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held that federal law does not preempt the right of an employer to sue a striking union for damages in state court if the union failed to take reasonable precautions to protect the employer against foreseeable, aggravated, and imminent danger.

It is more and more common for employers to hear employee allegations of a “hostile work environment,” “harassment” or a “toxic workplace.” In some instances current or former employees are using those terms as a defense mechanism when their performance is being criticized or they are facing discipline or discharge. Often the terms are used to describe the behavior of supervisors or co-workers. It is important for employers to properly assess such allegations and determine whether there is the potential for employer liability.

Welcome to the Labor and Employment Law Update where attorneys from Amundsen Davis blog about management side labor and employment issues. 



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