On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Among its many provisions, the ARP addresses paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and payroll tax credits for providing such paid leave.

On December 31, 2020, FFCRA’s paid sick and family leave mandate

Several bills are pending in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate that, if signed into law, could radically change the landscape of the use of covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit in Illinois. Employers should be aware of this pending legislation because, if passed, it could have serious ramifications for businesses

Several times a year, business owners tell me that restrictive covenants (such as non-competition, non-solicitation or non-disclosure provisions) are not enforceable in Illinois. That is not true. The state and federal courts in Illinois enforce restrictive covenants on a routine basis. However, to be enforced, the restrictive covenants need to have been properly drafted and

Every employee and officer owes a duty of loyalty to their employer regardless of whether they have a written employment agreement.  In general, this duty requires employees and officers to treat the employer with the utmost candor, care, loyalty and good faith, and requires them not to act adversely to the employer’s interests.  However, the

When it comes to protecting a company’s competitive advantage, it is important to know the difference between confidential information and trade secrets. Knowing the difference allows businesses to design and implement the appropriate measures to protect their information and secure their competitive advantage.

In Illinois, confidential information has been defined by the courts as particularized

A recent case from the Illinois Appellate Court is a reminder to business owners of the need to be proactive in protecting their trade secrets and confidential information. In this case, three sales representatives left their employer, who was in the radio advertising business, and joined a competitor. When they left, the three sales representatives

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised FFCRA regulations that clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, specifically the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). 

The primary impetus for the revisions to the FFCRA regulations was

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers find themselves facing new challenges. Recognizing that the “new norm” has led to workplace circumstances not previously considered, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance to address several wage and hour and leave-related scenarios employers may face. Highlights from the new guidance include:

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)