- Labor and Employment
- Civil Rights
- Complex Litigation
- Employment-Related Litigation
- Federal Appellate Practice
- Non-Competition and Trade Secrets Agreements
- Prevention and Compliance Programs
- Severance and Separation Agreements
- Wage and Hour Law
|University ||Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1979|
|Law School||University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, J.D., 1983|
|Admitted||1983, Illinois; 1986, Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio|
Joel is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations. Joel has authored numerous articles for the Defense Research Institute, ABA publications and for various print and electronic Human Resources publications. He is a Chapter author for the Thomson-Reuters series Inside the Minds: Strategies for Appellate Litigation. Joel is active in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and has given numerous presentations for the Chamber as well as other business groups on a wide range of employment-related issues.
Joel has also given interviews on a variety of employment-related issues for media outlets ranging from the National Law Journal, New York Times Online, Chicago Tribune, CNN Money, Forbes.com, Workforce Management, Employee Benefits News, Human Resources Executive, Inside Counsel, Human Resources Magazine, and SHRM Online.
Joel Rice is a partner in the Chicago office, with nearly 25 years of experience representing employers. Over the course of his career, Joel has handled the defense of hundreds of employment-related matters before federal/state courts and numerous agencies.
Joel has successfully argued multiple appeals in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience representing employers in complex litigation, including collective and class actions under federal and state wage and hour laws.
Joel has also obtained injunctive relief for employers enforcing restrictive covenant agreements in multiple jurisdictions.
In addition, Joel counsels employers on all facets of employment law, including leave issues, harassment claims, and pay practices. Joel has assisted employers in successfully navigating wage and hour investigations brought by federal and state Departments of Labor. Joel is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Joel was credited as an author on an E-Discovery Chapter in Data: Law and Litigation. The book provides an overview of legal issues associated with employment-related electronically stored information, focusing on discovery issues in particular.
Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Win Jury Trial and Important Appellate Ruling Under Missouri Human Rights Act
Appellate Non-Compete Victory
Appellate Victory in Seventh Circuit
Two Strikes and You're Out - Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Two Pro Se Plaintiff's Lawsuit
Victory for Casino in Wage & Hour Case
Sixth Circuit Upholds Hotel in Ohio Age Discrimination Case
Fisher & Phillips Obtains Another Victory for National Hotel Chain
Seventh Circuit Upholds Trial Court Ruling that Law Firm Partner is an Employer Outside the Protection of Title VII
Class Action Victory
Illinois' Historic New Retirement Savings Law
January 22, 2015
Internship Programs Face Increased Regulatory Scrutiny
May 25, 2010
Ruling Gives Companies a Little More Protection
February 16, 2010
Adult Internships: Be Aware of Wage and Hour Pitfalls
June 1, 2009
Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Faragher/Ellerth Defense Where Employees Claim Constructive Discharge
December 1, 2005
Arbitration of Employment Disputes: Who Pays?
December 1, 2002
Illinois Employers Must Offer Retirement Savings Program
January 8, 2015
Quotes and Soundbites
Wage and Hour Errors Common at Small Employers
November 19, 2014
Expansion Of Overtime Pay Leads To Added Challenges For HR
March 20, 2014
Are You Entitled To Overtime Pay?
March 14, 2014
New Rules for Noncompetes: What Chicago Businesses Need to Know
January 14, 2014
Lawmakers Unlikely to Address Non-Compete Clauses After Denial
October 24, 2013
Court Clarifies Overtime Damages For Misclassified Employees
November 1, 2010
Making Scents Of The ADA: Accommodating Employees' Sensitivity To Odors In The Workplace
October 1, 2010
Worker (Mis)classification Can Lead To Trouble
February 1, 2010
|Reported Cases||Representative Work; Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Win Jury Trial and Important Appellate Ruling Under Missouri Human Rights Act; Appellate Non-Compete Victory; Appellate Victory in Seventh Circuit; Two Strikes and You're Out - Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Two Pro Se Plaintiff's Lawsuit; Victory for Casino in Wage & Hour Case; Sixth Circuit Upholds Hotel in Ohio Age Discrimination Case; Fisher & Phillips Obtains Another Victory for National Hotel Chain; Seventh Circuit Upholds Trial Court Ruling that Law Firm Partner is an Employer Outside the Protection of Title VII; Class Action Victory; Reported Cases; Vendetti v. Compass Environmental, 559 F.3d 731 (7th Cir. 2009); Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. v. Ehlers, 394 Ill.App.3d 421, 915 N.E.2d 862 (4th Dist. 2009); Blair v. Nevada Landing Partnership, 369 Ill.App.3d 318, 859 N.E.2d 1188 (2nd Dist. 2006); Allen v. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., 2006 WL 3513857 (N.D. Ind. 2006); Fischer v. Cingular Wireless, LLC, 446 F.3d 663 (7th Cir. 2006); Gieg v. DRR, Inc., 407 F.3d 1038 (9th Cir. 2005); Solon v. Kaplan, 398 F.3d 629 (7th Cir. 2005); Aylward v. Hyatt Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16218 (N.D. Ill. 2005); Ellis v. Elgin Riverboat, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18971 (N.D. Ill. 2004); Ellis v. Elgin Riverboat, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14714 (N.D. Ill. 2003); LeBlanc v. Great American Insurance Co., 6 F.3d 836 (1st Cir. 1993); Newton v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 14 F.3d 48 (3rd Cir. 1993)|
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Illinois Employers Must Offer Retirement Savings Program
Joel W. Rice, February 4, 2015
Illinois has become the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring businesses to offer their employees a retirement savings plan. Signed into law recently by Gov. Pat Quinn, the new law, entitled “Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program,” is intended to encourage more retirement...
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