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Category Archives: Labor Law Employment

Expectant Teachers Await Supreme Court Maternity Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court is taking up the case of teacher who is seeking to recover pay for accrued sick leave that she used after the birth of a child. District officials in the western Chicago suburb of Wood Dale refused to grant Margaret Dynak’s request at the end of the school year in 2016… Read More »

Judge Certifies Federal Stripper Suit

Dancers must opt in if they want to participate in a lawsuit against a Bedford Park club that they say stripped them of their wages. This according to a ruling issued in US District Court under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows their suit to proceed as a collective action that can be joined… Read More »

Legislator Crafting Employment Regime for Medical Marijuana

Pressed by constituents that have come under fire on the job for using doctor-prescribed cannabis, a state representative wants to afford them protection as Illinois enters the era of recreational legalization. Democrat Bob Morgan, from the 58th District on Chicago’s North Shore, will introduce a bill in the spring session that prevents employers from firing… Read More »

Appellate Court Upholds FMLA Verdict

A suburban school administrator will keep the $12,000 she won in a suit against Northwest Township District 214 after an appeals court agreed that officials at Wheeling High School failed to follow federal rules and offer her time away from work to deal with mental health issues. Noemi Valdivia cited indifference to racial abuse in… Read More »

Retirees Retain Healthcare in ERISA Appeal

Private equity investors are on the hook for health insurance after a federal appeals court ruled that ownership must abide by a benefits agreement made before it acquired the company. Retirees challenged the move by the Carlyle Group to cancel a 2002 agreement reached between an AFL-CIO local and the then-owners of a Riverdale manufacturer that… Read More »

Federal Discrimination Appeal Fails on Procedure

A Schaumberg woman’s discrimination suit against a federal agency failed when judges in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the US Social Security Agency acted properly when it hired another candidate. Risa Stegall sued the SSA after being denied a position as a service representative. She claimed the agency withdrew an offer… Read More »

Joliet Cop Wins Compensation in National Guard Pay Dispute

A veteran cop who sued the city of Joliet over his deployment in the Illinois National Guard is entitled to the salary and benefits denied him during a stint on voluntary active duty, according to a panel of federal judges. In overturning a district court ruling, they said the Uniformed Service Members Employment and Re-employment… Read More »

Legislative Backstop Planned for Janus Claims

Despite a string of court rulings against non-members seeking refunds for fair-share fees paid to labor unions, lawmakers in Springfield want to stem the tide in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling with a legal barrier to such claims. Sen. Donald Harmon is spearheading the drive even as the Illinois public employee for… Read More »

Court Rejects Class Action Claim in Janus Appeal

The same appellate court panel that denied the Illinois state employee damages after he won a Supreme Court case over fair-share fees says that a group of teachers seeking similar reimbursements under the banner of restitution also can’t collect. Judges in the 7th Circuit are following more than a dozen courts around the country in… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Fair-Share Refund

Despite persuading the US Supreme Court to overturn a decades-old decision on union representation for non-members, the Illinois state employee at the center of that free-speech case cannot recover fees paid to an AFL-CIO local. According to judges in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Mark Janus failed to prove that the state acted… Read More »