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Illinois Revives “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” With Its Equal Pay Act Amendment

The Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (EPA) already prohibits employers from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work. (820 ILCS 112/1 et seq.) It also prohibits employers from paying African American… Continue Reading →

The Future Is Now: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Be Used During Job Interviews

In a surprisingly cutting-edge move, the State of Illinois has enacted the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act.  Public Act 101-260 becomes effective January 1, 2020. An employer seeking to record video interviews and use artificial intelligence to analyze job applicant… Continue Reading →

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We enjoy being engaged in Illinois’ local and statewide communities. We believe that it is important to share our knowledge of the law as well as the latest legal insights with as many people as possible. Tressler attorneys have been selected… Continue Reading →

Illinois Prohibits Local Governments from Regulating Drones

The General Assembly has passed Public Act 100-0735.  The Act provides that drones (defined as “unmanned aircraft systems”) are to be regulated at the State-level. More, that no local government, including a home rule unit of government, can regulate unmanned… Continue Reading →

Governor Rauner Signs Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act

On April 12, 2018, Governor Rauner signed Public Act 100-0585, also known as the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, into law. The Act, which becomes effective June 1, 2018, has been the subject of heated opposition from a wide range… Continue Reading →

The Mayor Who Wasn’t There

Dateline:  Markham, Illinois.  Most of us would assume by now that the Illinois legislature generally means what it says, particularly when what it says is pretty clear.  Not so.  Despite the unambiguous language in the Municipal Code forbidding a convicted… Continue Reading →

Free Riders or Forced Riders? The U.S. Supreme Court Again Promises to Decide the Constitutionality of “Fair Share Fee” Agreements

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) agreed to hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME, et al., which involves a constitutional challenge to the “fair share fee” provision of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (“IPLRA”).  Under… Continue Reading →

Governor Rauner Signs Learn with Dignity Act

School districts will be required to implement yet another unfunded mandate at the start of the second semester of the current school year.  Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed the Learn with Dignity Act to ensure that students have access to… Continue Reading →

New Law Amends Publication Requirements for Prevailing Wage Determinations

The Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130 et seq., requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers, workers, and mechanics employed on public works projects “no less than the general prevailing hourly rate as paid for work of a similar character… Continue Reading →

IDOL Announces Long-Awaited Update to Prevailing Wage Rates

After a nearly two-year wait, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) recently announced an update to the prevailing wage rates.  The new rates are effective for work performed on public works projects on or after June 5, 2017. The Illinois… Continue Reading →

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