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Post-Shooting Drug and Alcohol Testing Required for Cops

Law enforcement agencies are your post-shooting testing programs in place? As of August 25, 2017, Illinois law enforcement agencies are required to adopt drug and alcohol testing policies for officer involved shootings. Specifically, 50 ILCS 727/1-25 provides an unfunded mandate requiring each agency to develop a written policy for any discharge of an officer’s firearm   Continue Reading »

Illinois Issues Ethics Opinion for In-House Corporate Counsel

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and General Counsel, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, provides his analysis of a new ethics opinion directed to in-house corporate counsel. In May 2017, the Illinois State Bar Association (“ISBA”) issued Ethics Opinion #17-05 relating to the ethical duties of in house corporate counsel. In essence, the opinion provides that an in-house corporate lawyer may   Continue Reading »

LeFevour Helps Hospital Negotiate Labor Contract with AFSCME

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Genevieve M. LeFevour, recently concluded multiple rounds of collective bargaining as a lead negotiator for her hospital client and reached a new multi-year labor contract agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  AFSCME represented the hospital’s nursing employees. Related Items: Johnson & Bell Trio Helps Hospital   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Trio Helps Hospital Succeed at Labor Arbitration

Johnson and Bell Shareholders William K. McVisk and Genevieve M. LeFevour, and Johnson & Bell Associate Kevin A. Pacini successfully defended a hospital client in a labor arbitration proceeding alleging wrongful discharge.  The grievant, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, maintained he had been wrongfully discharged and that even if there were   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri to Moderate July 28 Employment Roundtable Discussion

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Joseph F. Spitzzeri will moderate the roundtable session, “A Sierra Nevada Look into Recent Employment and Labor Law Developments,” during the ALFA International 2017 Labor & Employment Conference. Mr. Spitzzeri’s session will review recent developments in employment law and analyze how the change in philosophy in the executive branch might affect   Continue Reading »

Are Offices “Up in Smoke?” Chris Carlos Discusses Impact of Marijuana Legalization on the Workplace

Chris Carlos recently met with two companies to discuss the impact of marijuana legalization on the workplace. During a Joint Leadership Session conducted by both companies last week in Chicago, Chris facilitated a 90-minute discussion covering the dynamics of state marijuana legalization as it relates to Federal criminalization of marijuana use. Other topics addressed included   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri to Discuss Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, will be a featured speaker at the ALFA International Labor and Employment practice group’s webinar at 12 pm (CST) on January 12, 2017. Mr. Spitzzeri and Courtney Nichols, of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment Law practice group, will co-present the topic, “Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements – Are   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Kevin A. Pacini

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Labor & Employment Team Successfully Defends Hospital Against ULP Charges

William K. McVisk and Genevieve M. LeFevour successfully defended a Chicago-area hospital facing four unfair labor practice (ULP) charges. The group was notified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that it had ruled in favor of Johnson & Bell’s hospital client in three cases involving ULP charges against the hospital.  In a fourth case, the   Continue Reading »

As Retaliation Allegations Surge, EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that retaliation is the most frequently alleged basis of employment discrimination.  The agency recently released the guidelines of its final enforcement guidance on retaliation and other related issues.  Joseph F. Spitzzeri, co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Employment practice, provides an overview of the guidelines. Related Topics of Interest:   Continue Reading »
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