Law Alerts

Published April 24, 2019
On April 8, 2019 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-0002 which raises the legal age for purchasing all tobacco products in the State of Illinois from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years of age. The statute specifically prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. The statute goes into effect
Published April 16, 2019
Three bills have been introduced which would amend the TRS and SURS Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to revert back to the 6% rule for end-of-career earnings increases for participants: Senate Bill 1952, Senate Bill 60 and House Bill 350. Each of these bills would require a TRS or SURS-covered employer to make an additional employer contribution for
Published March 26, 2019
In a recent filing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reversed its prior position stating the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) should be struck down in its entirety. In December 2018, a federal district court judge ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate had become unconstitutional and that
Published March 12, 2019
On March 7, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a proposed rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. Under the current rule, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 per year) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Above this salary level, eligibility for overtime depends on an
Published February 7, 2019
In late 2018, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued a public service announcement (PSA) alerting the general public to its concerns about cybercriminals targeting online payroll accounts. It noted that the industries most affected include education, healthcare and commercial airway transportation. IC3 explained that cybercriminals
Published February 7, 2019
On February 4, 2019, the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois (“TRS”) activated a CBA/Contract Collection “Portal” within the Employer Access Area of the TRS website. TRS explains that the Portal was implemented to assist TRS in administering Public Act 100-0587, which, effective June 4, 2018, reduced the salary increase
Published February 5, 2019
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “Act”), 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq., places a number of restrictions on how private entities may collect, retain, disclose, and destroy biometric identifiers, including, but not limited to, fingerprints. Specifically, the Act requires a private entity that collects this information to inform the
Published January 31, 2019
In Frisby v. Village of Bolingbrook Firefighters’ Pension Fund, 2018 IL App (2d) 180218, the Second District Appellate Court has further clarified the “act of duty” standard for downstate firefighters. In Frisby, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Bolingbrook Firefighters’ Pension Fund (“Board”) denied
Published January 29, 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Illinois has consolidated the majority of the statutory workplace protections provided to military service members under the new Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, referred to as “ISERRA” (330 ILCS 61/1 et al.). The new Act repeals the Military Leave of Absence Act, the Public Employee
Published January 25, 2019
On January 15, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 100-1177 amending the Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130/1 et. seq. The bill will take effect on June 1, 2019. Key changes include the following: Public bodies will no longer be required to determine the prevailing wage rate. Instead, the applicable wage rates for each locality will be set by the
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