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  • EEOC, DOJ Release Expectations on Employers’ Use of Technology, AI for Employment Decisions

    For decades, employers have used technology to help decision-making, from hiring to performance bonuses. While seemingly taking human biases out of the equation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have voiced concerns over potential disability discrimination from the use of technology. Find out more here. Continue Reading
    May 19, 2022
  • Illinois Equal Pay Act’s Certification Requirement Extended to More Employers

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) requiring companies with 100 or more employees in Illinois to obtain an equal pay registration certificate from the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). Previously, only companies with more than 100 employees were required to complete the IEPA registration certification. ... Continue Reading
    May 18, 2022
  • Class Action Trends Report Winter 2022

    In this issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys look back at class action developments in 2021, including COVID-19 vaccine mandate litigation, significant procedural decisions, wage and hour suits, and the continuing rise of cases brought under the California Private Attorneys General Act and Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, among other litigation trends. Continue Reading…
    February 23, 2022
  • Illinois Begins to Issue Compliance Deadlines for Equal Pay Reporting

    The state’s Equal Pay Registration Certificate requirements of the Equal Pay Act will take effect March 24, 2022, according to the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). A number of employers have received IDOL notices that they were selected for the first registration deadline: May 25, 2022. Illinois requires businesses with more than 100 employees to... Continue Reading
    February 2, 2022
  • Class Action Trends Report Fall 2021

    In the latest issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys discuss the emerging class action risks that arise at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, as employers navigate return-to-work challenges including employee screening, mask and vaccine mandates, and the need for ongoing safety measures as the crisis persists. We also take a look at the state... Continue Reading…
    September 30, 2021
  • Illinois Enacts Equal Pay Certification Follow-Up Amendments

    Signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker into law June 25, 2021, new amendments to the Equal Pay Act of 2003 alter and clarify the practical implications of obtaining an equal pay registration certificate under the Act. A requirement enacted through Governor Pritzker’s signing an amendment to the Equal Pay Act on March 23, 2021, businesses with more...… Continue Reading
    June 29, 2021
  • New Illinois Legislation Targets Equal Pay; Requires Detailed Pay Report and New Enforcement Methods

    An amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 requires that, beginning March 23, 2024, employers with more than 100 employees in Illinois must certify compliance with the Equal Pay Act by obtaining an Equal Pay registration certificate from the state Department of Labor. Under the amendment signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on March 23, 2021, businesses...… Continue Reading
    March 24, 2021
  • EEOC FY 2020 Annual Performance Report: Recoveries Up, But Fewer Lawsuits Filed

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Annual Performance Report (APR) shows a substantial decrease in the number of lawsuits filed by the agency. However, the APR shows a dramatic increase in the amount of monetary recoveries by the EEOC in litigation compared to FY 2019. Click here to read the full article...… Continue Reading
    January 28, 2021
  • President Biden Names Charlotte Burrows as EEOC Chair

    One day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that he has named current EEOC Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows Chair of the EEOC and Commissioner Jocelyn Samuels Vice Chair of the EEOC. Click here to read the full article on the Jackson Lewis website.… Continue Reading
    January 24, 2021
  • EEOC Revises Guidance on Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved revisions to its Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination (Guidance). The revised Guidance, approved on January 15, 2021, draws upon several U.S. Supreme Court opinions issued since the agency’s last significant update to its guidelines in 2008. Click here to read the rest of the article on the Jackson...… Continue Reading
    January 22, 2021