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Employers & Personal Cannabis Use After HB-1438 (Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act)

General Outline of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act Illinois enacted the Illinois Industrial Hemp Act (“IIHA”) in 2018 (505 ILCS 89/1 et seq.), which modified existing law and includes legislation relating to CBD, or cannabidiol. The IIHA includes all CBD products to be sold to the public including topical creams, cosmetics, foods, beverages and   Continue Reading »

The Workplace Just Got More Complex to Manage in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed multiple bills that will create new laws and amend existing laws that will impact all Illinois employers and employees, if signed by Governor Pritzker. The following laws will create limitations on contract terms and employee handbooks, amend the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act, the Victims’   Continue Reading »

7th Circuit Reaffirms Distinction Between Supervisor and Co-Employee Harassment Under Title VII

In Gates v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment in the defendant’s favor in this Title VII racially hostile work environment case.  The District Court had found that a supervisor’s use of the “N” word on 2 occasions and stating that   Continue Reading »

Amendments to Illinois Human Rights Act and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Could Mean Future Headaches for Employers

In late August, Governor Bruce Rauner approved amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). The IHRA amendments went into effect immediately, while the IWPCA amendments will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Given the changes to the IHRA, employers can anticipate an increase of complaints   Continue Reading »

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