The HR Specialist: Illinois Employment Law

Illinois mirrors America’s growing diversity in many ways. Today, mosques occupy old churches; co-workers wear burqas and yarmulkes; and some employees request “prayer breaks”  …

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A compliance officer for Abbott Laboratories, headquartered in Chicago, will receive workers’ compensation for injuries he sustained during a basketball competition at an annual company festival …

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Have you worried about discharging an employee who just got an outstanding evaluation? It’s a legitimate concern, but don’t let it paralyze you …

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State Sen. David Koehler introduced an amendment to the state’s “Illinois Covered” universal health care bill …

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An appeals court ruled that the estate of Miguel Pena, a setting machine operator shot and killed by a fellow employee at Gutmann Leather in Chicago, may proceed with a wrongful death suit …

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Two employees fell while exiting their buildings. One got comp, the other didn’t …

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The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The law is complex and, in some cases, holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit …

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The Illinois workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (www.iwcc.il.gov/) administers the law. The system works as a no-fault guarantee …

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Illinois employees have enhanced leave options in addition to their rights under the federal FMLA. Employers with 50 or more employees are subject to Illinois’ School Visitation Rights Act, the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act and the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. Also, employers with at least 15 employees must comply with the Illinois Family Military Leave Act …

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Under the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), age (40 and over), marital status, familial status (with regard to housing), arrest record, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation or unfavorable discharge from military service …

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