During these unprecedented times, employers must remain purposeful in creating a sense of community, belonging, and engagement in the workplace—whether physical or virtual. Learn practical and legally-compliant strategies for diversity, inclusion, and allyship that can improve productivity, professional development, retention, and overall success and explore emerging terminology and ways to overcome obstacles to diversity and inclusion.
Ensure training, policies and procedures reflect the most recent developments in Illinois impacted by Coronavirus/COVID-19, and what do you need to address outside of the pandemic that includes recent Illinois and local laws that have taken effect since 2019. The following should be on your radar: Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (effective 2020); Illinois Human Rights Act (recent amendments and developments addressing discrimination based on sexual harassment, disability, national origin/ancestry, retaliation); Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA); Amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, and the Wage Payment and Collection Act – addressing equal pay (effective January 2019 and September 2019; Chicago Fair Work Week; Illinois Expense Reimbursement Act; and temporary measures to put in place given Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order. Laws in Illinois pertaining to paid leaves, unpaid leaves, unemployment compensation benefits, workers’ compensation, safety, and terminations
As COVID-19 continues its deleterious effects on the economy, attorneys representing employees or employers need to understand employers’ obligations to their older employees when it comes to furloughs, layoffs, and severance packages that are compliant with the Older Workers Benefits Protections Act (OWBPA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), along with the EEOC’s recent guidance on federal anti-discrimination laws related to COVID-19.
Efforts to Slow it down – Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order (3/21/20) Preparedness Plans Leave & Compensation Issues: Family First Coronavirus Response Act Discrimination, Privacy & Hiring Issues Restructuring: Furloughs, Layoffs, Terminations Resources, Developments & Other Issues to Consider