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Withdrawal of the FLSA Independent Contractor Rule – Continuing Uncertainty

By: Karuna S Brunk On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that, effective immediately, it would withdraw the Trump-era “Independent Contractor Rule” (the “Rule”).  The Trump DOL had promulgated the Rule in an effort to instruct….

The American Rescue Plan Act and What it Means for Employers

By Karuna S Brunk On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”).  The ARPA extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from 50 weeks to 73 weeks through September 6, 2021 and extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation….

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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The PRO Act and What it Means for Employers

By: Karuna S. Brunk On March 9, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping pro-union reform law that, if enacted, would dramatically change the dynamics between employers and workers. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (the “PRO….

Illinois Set to Enact New Limitations on Criminal History Consideration for Employment Decisions and Equal Pay Requirements

By: Jonathan Ksiazek On March 23, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed Illinois Senate Bill 1480, titled the Employee Background Fairness Act, into law. SB 1480 contains three new provisions that will impact employers in Illinois effective immediately. The first big change….

Julia Jensen Smolka featured as Advocate of the Month!

Advocates Society, the association of Polish-American attorneys featured our very own Julia Jensen Smolka in their newsletter this month. ADVOCATE OF THE THE MONTH: Julia Jensen Smolka In an effort to better-acquaint readers with Members of the Advocate Society, we….


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