News & Insights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers that obtain medical information through inquiry or examination to maintain this medical information in confidential medical files, separate from employee personnel files. Providing that employers continue to maintain the confidentiality of medical information; employers are allowed to make certain inquiries and requirements of employees with respect to COVID-19.  

Employers that provide a safe work environment are more likely to have their employees return to work during the pandemic and less likely encounter problems once they do. Clear communication with employees can reduce absenteeism, promote safety and efficiency, and protect both employers and employees. Below are some Dos and Don’ts for returning employees to work during the pandemic  

On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which establishes paid sick leave under a new law known as the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.  

As the new year begins, employers need to be aware of several new employment laws passed into law by Illinois in 2019 that take effect January 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020. Illinois employers of any size should take note of the new laws and take this time as the calendar turns to 2020 to review and update their internal practices, procedures and policies.  

Advances in technology, operating practices, and capital improvements have turned today’s railroad into a safer, more efficient, and modern operation. But despite these recent advances, or perhaps because of them, plaintiffs’ attorneys continue to come up with new and creative theories for suing railroads, some more successful than others. This article will discuss applicable cases and trends involving one particular claim that is making the rounds – noise nuisances  

Railroads are facing a dramatic increase in public utilities, such as telecommunications companies and cable television providers, seeking to cross railroad rights-of-way. This is driven in large part by the push to expand broadband service, especially into underserved rural and semi-rural areas, and to introduce 5G services.  

Noteworthy Biometric Law News Including a Wave of Class Actions as a result of an Illinois Supreme Court Decision, BIPA Claims Related to the Railway Labor Act, and BIPA Lawsuits Subject to Insurance Coverage or Indemnification.  

Technology has become ubiquitous in the workplace including as an integral part of business security systems. Because of technological progress, companies increasingly use biometric information for multiple purposes. Biometrics are biological markers that make each of us unique and distinguishable from one another, the most common being the finger print.  

The rise in class action lawsuits under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA), and the potential for increased exposure after the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 2019 IL 123186, means companies should look aggressively at their risk management programs to find potential insurance or indemnity coverage for those claims.  

Noteworthy Environmental Law News including a DMG Environmental Trial Win, an update on when a CWA Permit is required for Migration of Contaminated Groundwater, the One Federal Decision for Permitting Major Infrastructure Projects, and Brownfields Amendments in the Build Act.  

February 12, 2018, Congress passed the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018 (BUILD) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.  

Noteworthy Employment Law News including a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision, USERRA, and The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.  

Hiring Service Members? Have Employees In the Armed Forces or National Guard? The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”) is a broad federal statute that establishes reemployment rights for service members returning from duty and protects vets and present service members, as well as those who have applied for service, from discrimination and retaliation in employment and in hiring.  

The EEOC has published its revised proposal to collect W-2 income and hours-worked data as part of its annual Employer Information Reporting process to support civil rights enforcement.  

Owners and developers often request a jurisdictional determination (JD) for projects in order to identify wetlands and other protected waters, and under prior court decisions, the landowner or developer had to exhaust administrative remedies. In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Jurisdictional Determinations by the Corps can be appealed under the Administrative Procedure Act as a final agency action.