David B. Ritter

Q. How can the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act help us add staff?

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Q. I heard that the U.S. Department of Labor recently implemented tougher penalties against employers that illegally employ child workers. How have these penalties changed?

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Q. How does the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new rule change an employer’s Form I-9 responsibilities?

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Q. Could you give us some guidance on our requirement to provide breaks for nursing mothers?

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Employment discrimination has been illegal for decades, but prejudice lives on. Even if bigoted customers insist on discriminating because of race, employers must still comply with the law.

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Q. Our company would like to review applicants’ credit information when we make hiring decisions. Can we do this?

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Q. How are employees affected by the amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act?

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Q. How does the new health care reform law affect coverage for adult dependent children under a group health plan?

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The ADA requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability, unless doing so would cause an undue hardship. A recent 7th Circuit case sheds light on the extent of an employer’s obligation to accommodate an employee’s accommodation request.

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Q. We have an employee who cares for a child but does not have a legal or biological relationship to the child. The employee wants to take a child-related leave under the FMLA. Is she eligible?

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