In the week of Aug. 24, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner approved amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). The IHRA amendments go into effect immediately and increase the timeframe for employees to file a charge; restructure the Illinois Human Rights Commission (the Commission); and allow employees to opt out of the Illinois Department of Human Rights’ (IDHR) investigative process. The IWPCA amendments go into effect Jan. 1, 2019 and require employers to reimburse employees for costs that are incurred in direct relation to their work for the employer.

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Photo of Howard L. Mocerf Howard L. Mocerf

Howard L. Mocerf focuses his practice on labor law and management employment matters, including collective bargaining, representation and unfair labor practice matters under The National Labor Relations Act, labor arbitration, OSHA matters, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, and employment…

Howard L. Mocerf focuses his practice on labor law and management employment matters, including collective bargaining, representation and unfair labor practice matters under The National Labor Relations Act, labor arbitration, OSHA matters, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, and employment discrimination matters. He is experienced in developing and writing employee handbooks, affirmative action plans and employment policies, including harassment, substance abuse, social media, e-mail and Internet use, family and medical leave, and others.

Photo of Laura Luisi Laura Luisi

Laura Luisi is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. Laura focuses her practice on defending employers in class action, collective action, and single plaintiff employment matters asserted before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of

Laura Luisi is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. Laura focuses her practice on defending employers in class action, collective action, and single plaintiff employment matters asserted before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).

Laura has experience representing employers and managers in discrimination, retaliation, harassment, trade secret, restrictive covenant, and wage and hour claims arising under various state and federal statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Illinois Whistleblower Act (IWA), Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA), and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA).

In addition, Laura counsels and advises employers on issues related to leaves of absences, sick leave, disciplinary actions, terminations, reductions in force, employee classifications, handbooks, and policies. Laura also creates and negotiates employment, severance and release agreements, and assists employers in traditional labor relations with unions.