3/21/20: State of Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Announced

The attorneys at Pappas Wright, P.C. are devoting their constant attention to COVID-19 developments and are devoted to helping clients navigate this unchartered territory. Governor Pritzker, following the efforts of other states, issued a Stay-At Home Order for the entire State of Illinois today during his 3:00 PM press briefing. We understand that with a Friday afternoon announcement and Saturday implementation, our QC businesses and clients are left with hours… Read More »3/21/20: State of Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Announced

3/19/20: Employer Alert Regarding COVID-19

DOWNLOAD PDF EMPLOYER ALERTOn March 18, 2020, the United States Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Response Act”) and President Trump signed it into law. The Response Act creates significant and new obligations for both public and private sector employers under the accompanying Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. For purposes of interpreting this Act, employers should… Read More »3/19/20: Employer Alert Regarding COVID-19

11/19/19: Wild World of Employment Law event from Great River Human Resource Association

Join us for our 1/2 day Employment Law event on Tuesday, November 19. During our time together, the Pappas Wright firm will cover the topics most requested in our GRHRA employment law survey. See the event schedule below: Featuring: Reefer Madness: How Illinois legalization effects Employer’s in Illinois & Iowa and what to do about: Managing the conflict between federal and numerous state laws. Differences between recreational and medicinal use laws. How do employers address… Read More »11/19/19: Wild World of Employment Law event from Great River Human Resource Association

10/3/19: Edge Business Series: Legal marijuana – Will there be a haze in your workplace?

Three months from now people over 21 may legally use cannabis for recreational purposes in the Illinois Quad Cities, but how will the new law have an impact on employment and workplace drug policies?  To address possible unknowns for employers, the Quad Cities Chamber hosted a panel discussion at 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at TaxSlayer Center in Moline. The panel covered a host of issues related to cannabis regulation,… Read More »10/3/19: Edge Business Series: Legal marijuana – Will there be a haze in your workplace?

Higher tolerance: Should employers change drug testing policies as marijuana use is legalized?

By Sarah Ritter sritter@qctimes.com In states relaxing marijuana laws, some employers have been left in a haze. That’s according to national cannabis law specialist Michelle Lee Flores, an employment attorney with Akerman in Los Angeles. She said changing marijuana use laws have caused some employers to hash out new drug testing standards, while others are still skeptical about implementing higher-tolerance policies. “Here in California, when adult use was passed, there… Read More »Higher tolerance: Should employers change drug testing policies as marijuana use is legalized?

Alert: Summer 2018 Labor and Employment Update

Justice Kennedy’s retirement will create ideological consequences, but what about in the Labor and Employment arena? How have the recent Supreme Court decisions changed the landscape in employment law? Has the NLRB changed its tune regarding handbook policies? These questions and more are discussed below in Pappas & O’Connor’s 2018 Summer Labor & Employment Update.