We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.
Almost two decades ago, Illinois passed the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”). The original version of VESSA required employers to, among other things, provide employees unpaid leave if the employees were victims of domestic, sexual or gender violence.
On May 31, 2021 the Illinois General Assembly passed a groundbreaking bill significantly limiting the use of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements by Illinois employers, to go into effect January 1, 2022. Subject to certain exceptions, the new law applies to all private Illinois employers with Illinois employees.
As we finally closed out 2020, the required leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) also came to a close. However, the Department of Labor issued two new FAQ’s on its website (FAQ 104 and 105), clarifying that if an employee has not exhausted their FFCRA leave prior to January 1, 2021, a covered employer may elect to voluntarily extend the employee’s deadline to do so through March 31, 2021.
The effects of COVID-19 on the workplace are complex and evolving.