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HTMLCaught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law
John L. Litchfield, Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014
Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate unconsolidated opinions, the Court found that the law...


HTMLDOL Marks Two Decades of the FMLA With Finalized Rules and a Survey Report Lauding the Law’s Effectiveness
Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2013, previously published on February 11, 2013
This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by issuing a final rule (Rule) creating two expanded protections under the FMLA. DOL further issued a report this week lauding the success of the FMLA, which political...


HTMLRecess Appointments to NLRB Are Unconstitutional, Invalidating Board Decisions
Ryan N. Parsons, Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 29, 2013, previously published on January 25, 2013
In a high-profile and much anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled today that President Obama’s purported NLRB “recess appointments” in January 2012 are constitutionally invalid. The immediate effect of this ruling is to deprive the Board of a...


HTMLWith a Year to Go, Is Obamacare Taking Shape to Favor Expansive — and Expensive — Coverage?
Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 18, 2013, previously published on January 14, 2013
As the business community continues waiting for practical guidance on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has recently proposed regulations illustrating how it believes companies should qualify as “large employers” falling within the ACA’s mandates and...


HTMLOur Employee Is Going to Hurt Himself Performing That Job With That Medical Condition! What Can I Do? What Should I Do?
Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 14, 2012, previously published on September 10, 2012
Virtually all employers have to think about employee safety and preventing risks of injury. Yet while employers and government agencies such as OSHA focus on safety, employees — and sometimes even their doctors — incredibly seem to take a cavalier approach in the face of seemingly...