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By Thadford Felton on October 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM

The Illinois Freedom to Work Act (“Act”) became effective on January 1, 2022. The Act prohibits employers from entering into covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit with certain types of employees. Specifically, an employer cannot enter into a covenant not to complete with an employee unless that employee’s actual or expected annualized rate of earnings exceeded $75,000 per year. Similarly, an employer cannot enter into a covenant not to solicit with an employee unless that employee’s actual or expected annualized rate of earnings exceeded $45,000 per year.

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By Thadford Felton on June 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM

The Illinois House and Senate have agreed on a version of the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which is waiting for Governor Pritzker to sign into law. The Act puts restrictions on which employees can be subject to covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit.

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By Scott Cruz on April 21, 2021

A new Ordinance in the city of Chicago will prohibit Chicago employers from firing or disciplining workers who leave work to get a COVID-19 vaccine during the workers’ normally scheduled work hours. The Chicago City Council unanimously approved the Ordinance on April 21, 2021, and the Ordinance goes into effect immediately.

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By John Goldstein on April 16, 2021

Greensfelder's John Goldstein was recently interviewed by Law360 to discuss how the pandemic has reshaped commercial real estate and created the need for certain technology updates in office buildings.

Read the full article here.

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By Thadford Felton on April 1, 2021 at 11:10 AM

What constitutes “solicitation” in the context of a non-solicitation provision? A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for Central District of Illinois attempted to shed some light on that question.

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By Scott Cruz on March 30, 2021

On March 23, 2021, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, the Employee Background Fairness Act. This impacts certain Illinois employers because it imposes new reporting and registration requirements concerning employee demographics and pay under the Illinois Business Corporation Act (IBCA) and the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA), and creates new whistleblower anti-retaliation protections under the IEPA. The amendments take effect immediately.

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By Scott Cruz on March 25, 2021

On March 23, 2021, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, the Employee Background Fairness Act. This impacts Illinois employers because it imposes new obligations under the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) on the way they can use criminal convictions to assess employment eligibility for applicants and current employees. It also imposes new reporting and registration requirements concerning employee demographics under the Illinois Business Corporation Act (IBCA) and the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) and creates new whistleblower anti-retaliation protections under the IEPA.

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By Scott Cruz on March 21, 2021

Greensfelder's Scott Cruz wrote an article that was published by the Daily Herald, discussing the circumstances under which employers may implement a mandatory or voluntary COVID-19 vaccine program, as well as what exceptions could conflict with such programs.

Read the full article here.

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By Scott Cruz on March 17, 2021

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Among its many provisions, the ARP addresses paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and payroll tax credits for providing such paid leave.

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By Thadford Felton on March 15, 2021 at 11:30 AM

Several bills are pending in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate that, if signed into law, could radically change the landscape of the use of covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit in Illinois. Employers should be aware of this pending legislation because, if passed, it could have serious ramifications for businesses in Illinois. 

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