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Illinois and DC Area State Law Update
Presented by Aaron Gelb and Daniel Deacon

The New Year brings a host of changes and challenges for Illinois employers as the legislature passed and Governor Pritzker signed, in 2019, a variety of new labor and employment laws that go into effect in 2020. These new laws promise to keep employers busy as they revise and update employee handbooks, develop new training programs, reevaluate their arbitration agreements and deal with the decriminalization of marijuana. Beginning in January 2020, employers will be faced with an expanded Illinois Human Rights Act that applies beyond the physical workplace, covers non-employee contractors and protects against discrimination based on perceived (in addition to actual) protected status. There are also special new rules that apply to restaurants, bars and coffee shops as well as disclosure requirements that will necessitate notifying the Department of Human Rights of adverse judgments in employment discrimination or harassment matters. The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act has also been amended and a recently signed “trailer bill” has clarified what employers should do if they wish to prohibit the use of marijuana as part of their workplace drug and alcohol policy.

Participants in this webinar will learn:

• What type of harassment training must be provided to employees and when;
• Which policies and procedures should be reviewed and/or revised;
• What steps Illinois employers should take if they wish to continue drug testing for cannabis;
• What they can and cannot do with respect salary inquiries and employee discussions about wages;
• Potential changes to D.C. drug testing laws
• Tips to comply with D.C.’s Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018, the Paid Leave Act, and the increased minimum wage

Feb 18, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor • Employment Practice Groups @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Daniel C. Deacon
Associate, OSHA and Labor • Employment Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey, working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups. Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law. He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA and other state and local safety related agencies.