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Former manager’s age discrimination suit against Ashley Furniture dismissed, for now

Ashley Furniture has won a round in one of the lawsuits filed against it for allegedly discriminating against older managers in a bid to hire "millennials," as a federal judge has dismissed, for now, a former manager’s age discrimination lawsuit because the judge determined the man had failed to properly name his employer in a discrimination claim filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Attorney says Second Circuit decision in Illinois biometric data case provides roadmap to deal with future cases

A Chicago-area attorney is advising employers that they should take more steps to make sure they are protected from lawsuits alleging the improper storage of fingerprints and other so-called biometric identifying information gathered from employees. And, he said, the attorneys representing them can look to a recent decision from a New York federal appeals court for guidance on one successful avenue of defense.

Ex-Jewel-Osco managers' age discrimination lawsuit trimmed; Judge cuts disparate impact claim

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of four former Jewel Osco store managers against the Chicago area supermarket chain has been trimmed, after a federal judge granted the company’s request to shelve several of the ex-managers’ claims, including a key count alleging the company’s policies and practices favor younger managers at the expense of the more experienced.

CME employee not entitled to shift differential payments not mentioned in hiring documents, judge says

A federal judge has pulled the plug on a lawsuit accusing the Chicago Mercantile Exchange of skimping on some workers' pay by denying them the shift differential payments at least one plaintiff alleged they were owed.

NLRB extends jurisdiction to cover teachers at church-affiliated private schools

Federal labor regulators at the National Labor Relations Board have expanded the agency's reach within religious private schools, finding that faculty and others at the schools who don’t provide religious instruction should no longer be considered exempt from federal workplace rules.

Class actions alleging DirecTV didn't pay its service techs overtime can proceed, judge says

DirecTV and its installation contractors will need to continue to defend itself against a pair of lawsuits brought in Chicago federal court by service technicians who claimed the satellite television provider owes them unpaid overtime.

IL law doesn't entitle salespeople to commissions outside terms of their pay agreement, judge says

A judge has slammed the door on a pitched class action brought by a pair of salespeople who claimed Illinois wage laws entitled them to more money than they received from the medical equipment supplier that employed them because, they said, the company used both sales declines and increases to calculate their commissions.

2016 brings changes in statewide labor and employment laws

As 2016 approaches, many new labor and employment laws are set to take effect come January 1. Because the bulk of the legal changes will occur at the state and local levels, legal observers advised employers to stay informed of important changes that may affect their employment practice.