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Jeremy Wright is a graduate of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he served as the online managing editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. While in law school, he was a clinical student at the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center and at the Center on Wrongful Convictions, a teaching assistant, and an OUTLaw/LAGBAC representative.

On December 6, 2023, the Biden administration released its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which provides a semi-annual update on the federal government’s regulatory agenda and sets target dates for upcoming rulemaking. That update included the announcement that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) aims to release its final rule amending the so-called “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), titled Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional Outside Sales and Computer Employees, in April 2024. We provide a short synopsis of the proposed changes that would go into effect with that release.Continue Reading Biden Administration Announces April 2024 Release of Final Rule on FLSA Exemptions

Following Chicago’s last-minute changes to its much-discussed Paid Leave Ordinance, Cook County has joined the recent flurry of legislating in Illinois to amend its own leave requirements. On December 14, 2023, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance, which amends the prior Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance to

In welcome news for employers, the Chicago City Council passed an amendment to the new Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, which will delay implementation of paid leave requirements from December 31, 2023, to July 1, 2024. The ordinance significantly expands paid leave requirements for Chicago employers and includes some of

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law HB 3129, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that changes how employers can advertise for position openings in Illinois, on August 11, 2023. The amendment goes into effect January 1, 2025, and requires all employers with 15 or more employees to provide pay scale and benefits information in

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Higgins v. Bayada Home Health Care Inc., held that it is not a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for an employer to deduct time from an exempt employee’s paid time off (PTO) bank for failing to meet a productivity target. The employer in the case had developed a point-based system to ensure that employees met certain “productivity minimums,” with various tasks being assigned a certain number of “productivity points.” When employees consistently exceeded their productivity minimums, they received additional compensation. When employees failed to meet their weekly productivity minimums, however, their available PTO was deducted. The employer did not deduct from an employee’s salary once PTO had been exhausted.Continue Reading Third Circuit Rules Paid Time Off Is Not Part of an Exempt Employee’s Salary

In O’Reilly v. Daugherty Systems, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit[1] ruled that, for purposes of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim, greater experience can serve as a legitimate reason for a pay differential on March 29, 2023. Affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the defendant, the Eighth Circuit held that differences in skillset and experience between a plaintiff and a single comparator can establish that a pay disparity between them was based on a factor other than sex, an affirmative defense to an EPA claim. The recent decision adds one more notch in the developing question of what constitutes a legitimate reason for pay differences under the EPA.Continue Reading Eighth Circuit Pushes Back Against Using More Experienced Comparators in EPA Claims