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Reminder for Cook County and Chicago Employers: New Sick Leave Laws Become Effective July 1

On July 1, 2017, Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Cook County’s Earned Sick Leave Ordinance go into effect, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to covered employees. (A detailed description of each ordinance’s requirements may be found here) In addition to providing paid sick leave, employers must provide notice to employees of their rights under the law.

Cook County recently published a poster that employers may use to satisfy the notice requirements, as well as final interpretative and procedural rules to guide employers. The City of Chicago has not yet published its poster but has issued proposed rules. The comment period on the city’s proposed rules expires on June 16, 2017.

Employers should be aware that several cities, towns and villages within Cook County have opted out of the county’s Earned Sick Leave Ordinance and employers within these jurisdictions need not comply with the new law. Employers are encouraged to contact their local governing board to confirm whether compliance is required.

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Christina A. Jacobson, Labor Attorney, Employment Lawyer, Schiff Hardin Law firm
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Christina A. Jacobson is a member of the Labor and Employment group.

While in law school, Christina served as a judicial extern for Hon. Terrence Lavin of the Illinois Court of Appeals. She was also a judicial intern for Hon. Marvin Aspen of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

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Lauren Novak Labor Law attorney, Schiff Hardin law firm, Chicago
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Lauren S. Novak handles labor and employment law matters for clients in a diverse range of industries, including food and beverage, construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing companies, educational institutions, and municipalities. Clients contact her to answer their day-to-day employment questions, review employee handbooks and employment policies, as well as to handle their more complex legal matters. Whether she is defending an unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board, guiding employers through the union election process, or litigating a discrimination case, Lauren makes client communication a priority. Her primary goal is to resolve these matters in a fast and efficient way so that her clients can return their focus to their businesses.

Having previously served as in-house counsel for a labor union, Lauren has the unique ability to see both sides of each case. She uses this insight to successfully guide clients through employee contract negotiations, terminations, leave of absence issues, and settlement conferences. She also assists employers in responding to audit requests from union pension funds. When the time comes to litigate, Lauren calls upon her experience handling over a dozen labor arbitrations as well as her experience resolving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims to vigorously defend her clients.

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Lauren was an associate at a Midwest law firm representing public and private sector employers in labor and employment matters. Previously, she served as Associate General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150. She is currently an active Executive Committee member of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women and the Community Outreach Committee for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Lauren is also the founder of a networking group for Chicago-area female labor and employment attorneys.

Lauren  counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including:

  • Reductions in force
  • Employee discipline issues
  • Labor relations
  • Policies and practices
  • Employment agreements
  • Settlement agreements
  • Severance matters
  • Collective bargaining
  • Federal and state employment discrimination matters
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