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Legal Alerts

  • April 13, 2021
    Illinois Limits Employers’ Use of Criminal Conviction Records with Amendment to IHRA

    On March 23, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1480 into law, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) by restricting the use of criminal conviction records. The IHRA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, national citizenship status, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, military status, order of protection status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. A covered employer is now required to follow certain procedures, including engaging in an interactive process with the applicant or employee, if it seeks to disqualify the individual based on a record of criminal conviction.

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  • April 12, 2021
    Coming Soon: New Tax-Free COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Restaurants & Bars

    Restaurants and bars, among the businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, will soon be able to apply for a new tax-free grant program enacted as part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, 2021. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide $28.6 billion in grants for eligible restaurants and bars that can certify they need the funds to support ongoing operations of the business.

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  • April 09, 2021
    Millions of Dollars at Issue in BIPA Appeal to Seventh Circuit

    The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA or the Act) provides for statutory damages of $1,000 for each negligent violation and $5,000 for each reckless or intentional violation of the Act. An unsettled question is whether a plaintiff can “stack” alleged violations for a windfall recovery. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is about to weigh in.

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  • April 09, 2021
    California Contractors: New CSLB Procedure Requires Non-California Corporations to Associate All Officers With Their Contractor’s License

    As of July 1, 2020, “[e]very person who is an officer, member, responsible manager, or director of a corporation or limited liability company seeking licensure under this chapter shall be listed on the application as a member of the personnel of record,” and they must match those officers listed on California Secretary of State’s (SOS) records. This is a deviation from the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) past practice of requiring foreign corporations to associate as personnel of record only their president, in contrast to requiring domestic corporations to associate their president, secretary, and treasurer. 

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  • April 07, 2021
    The Illinois Equal Pay Act – New Requirements for Employers

    The Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) has been amended to create significant new requirements for Illinois employers. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1480 (SB 1480) into law on March 23, 2021, effective immediately.

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  • April 05, 2021
    New York City Expands Protections Under Its Ban the Box Law for Applicants and Employees

    The New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) is considered to be one of the most progressive discrimination laws in the nation. Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed a bill which expands the scope of the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA), more commonly known as the “ban-the-box” law. The FCA prohibits most New York City employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history until after the employer extends a conditional offer of employment. The amended FCA expands protections for both applicants and employees with criminal backgrounds, including convictions, charges and arrests. The amendments go into effect on July 28, 2021.

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  • April 02, 2021
    Plain Text: United States Supreme Court Narrowly Interprets Definition of Automatic Telephone Dialing System in Closely-Watched Facebook TCPA Decision

    On April 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' interpretation of the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS), or autodialer, under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Court held that a “necessary feature” of an ATDS “is the capacity to use a random or sequential number generator to either store or produce phone numbers to be called.” 

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  • April 01, 2021
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