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Employees are one of a business’s most valuable assets. Yet, they also pose unique challenges. We help you navigate the business and legal questions that emerge daily so you and your employees can remain focused on the job at hand.

Our team handles employment litigation matters before various courts and administrative agencies, including related to the following:

  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secret protection
  • FINRA matters (including U5 defamation)
  • Data protection and employee privacy
  • Discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment claims
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of contract
Keith H. Berk, Shelley H. Koren and Alicia A. Handy Present "Preparing for Employee COVID-19 Claims" to the YPO Chicagoland Chapter - 6/10/20June 8, 2020

As Illinois and other states have begun to roll-back stay at home orders, employers need to be prepared for employee COVID-19 claims. Join YPO Gold Chicago Member and HMB Partner, Keith H. Berk, and his COVID-19 Task Force members Shelley H. Koren and Alicia A. Handy for a discussion on how to prepare your business in managing COVID-19 in the…

Chicago City Council Approves COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance; OSHA and CDC Release Additional GuidanceMay 26, 2020

Chicago Anti-Retaliation Ordinance On May 20, 2020, effective immediately, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits employers from terminating or demoting an employee because the employee stayed home from work in compliance with a health order or to care for a person subject to a health order.  Employees who are terminated or demoted will now be able to…

Keith H. Berk, Shelley H. Koren and Alicia A. Handy Present "Preparing for Employee COVID-19 Claims" to the YPO Chicago Gold Chapter - 5/20/20May 13, 2020

As Illinois and other states begin to roll back stay-at-home orders, employers need to be prepared for employee COVID-19 claims. YPO Chicago Gold Chapter member, Keith H. Berk, will be joined by COVID-19 task force members Shelley H. Koren and Alicia A. Handy to discuss how to prepare your business to manage COVID-19 in the workplace. This YPO Chicago Gold…

Shelley H. Koren and Alicia A. Handy Present a Webinar - "Preparing for Employee COVID-19 Claims" - 5/14/20May 1, 2020

As Illinois and other states begin to rollback stay-at-home orders, employers need to be prepared for employee COVID-19 claims. Please join us for a 45 minute discussion on how to prepare your business to manage COVID-19 in the workplace. The discussion will include guidance on: What to do when an employee notifies you that they have COVID-19 What to do…

Additional Illinois and Federal Employment Updates Regarding the Families First and Coronavirus Response Act and Other MattersApril 28, 2020

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Updates After initially voting 9-0-1 to approve a new emergency rule that created a rebuttable presumption that the workplace is the cause of an employee contracting COVID-19 to the extent such employee works for an essential business, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”) met yesterday, April 27, to formally withdraw the rule.  The Illinois Manufacturers’…

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations to Implement Families First Coronavirus Response Act, New OSHA Poster and Updates Regarding Expanded Illinois Unemployment BenefitsApril 8, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations (the “Rule”) to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), providing additional guidance to employers and employees on how to provide and take expanded family and medical leave or paid sick leave (collectively, “Leave”) under the FFCRA.  A copy of the…

Payroll Protection Loan Program UpdateApril 1, 2020

The Small Business Administration has released the application for the Paycheck Protection Program and loans available pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Treasury Department has released an information sheet for borrowers, which can be found here. Additional information can be found at the Treasury Department’s website, found here. The Treasury Department has encouraged…

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Department of Labor Provides Additional GuidanceApril 1, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FCCRA”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  Since then, questions as to scope and applicability have been raised by employers and employees alike.  The U.S. Department of Labor has and continues to provide guidance as to how employers and employees should interrupt the FFCRA.  A summary of the FCCRA can be…

Notices Required Under the Families First Coronavirus Response ActMarch 26, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor provided sample posters for private and public employers to post prior to April 1, 2020. Here is a link to the DOL poster for private employers. Also, the DOL provided guidance regarding the manner of providing notice to employees…

Families First Coronavirus Response ActMarch 19, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  Below is a summary of the employer requirements under the Act: Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act Covered Employers Employers with fewer than 500 employees and covered public sector employers must provide up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave for a qualifying need related to…

COVID-19 Guidance for Illinois EmployersMarch 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the globe and we wanted to assist you in considering all risk assessment and mitigation tools available.  We recommend assembling a management team to determine best next steps and implement an emergency plan.  Plan considerations should include cash flow concerns, remote working possibilities, IT considerations, quarantine possibility and company specific concerns. Businesses should…

Updates to Employment Laws - Here's What You Need to KnowJanuary 1, 2020

Changes to Federal and Illinois laws will likely require you to update your employment practices and policies. Below is a summary of new acts and amendments affecting Illinois employers. Federal Updates The Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rules (effective January 1, 2020) Raises the “standard salary level” for executive, administrative and professional exemptions from $455 per week to $684 per…

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