News & Announcements
The Daily Herald published a guest editorial by Franczek partner and Education Practice Group co-chair Ares Dalianis on Sunday, entitled "Bill needed to fix 'backward' property assessment process." The editorial addresses legislation proposed by newly elected Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi. As Ares explains, House Bill 2217 will have benefits for local school boards, improve the assessment process, and reduce compliance costs for all involved.
A recent article by Franczek attorneys Shelli Anderson and Melissa Sobota, "Trends in Collective Bargaining in 2019," was published in the March/April edition of The Illinois Journal. The article addresses the many changes, including a new governor, an amendment to the Illinois Pension code, the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus decision, and a national rise in activism among teachers, that will influence collective bargaining in the coming years.The full-text version of the article is available on the Illinois Association of School Board's website. You can also access the article beginning on page 22 of the digital version of the Journal.
Franczek is pleased to announce that eleven attorneys have been included on the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Illinois are selected by Super Lawyers.
The 25th anniversary of a law firm is a significant milestone. For our firm, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, it is a time to celebrate achievement, the value of stable and long-term client relationships, and the fulfilling work that we do with our many talented colleagues. In addition to recognizing our strong past, our 25th anniversary is also about the future.
Immigration Practice Group leader Tejas Shah has been selected to Crain's Chicago 2018 Notable Minority Lawyers. Tejas joins a distinguished list of attorneys who are leading the legal profession in advancing justice and equality in Illinois and beyond. Join us in congratulating Tejas on this prestigous honor.
Franczek Radelet is delighted to announce Jackie Wernz has returned to the firm from her time at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Jackie's return serves to further deepen our bench as we serve over 100 Illinois school districts that trust us with their most sensitive legal issues.
Sally J. Scott was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the magazine's August 2018 Business Edition. In her profile, Leading Lawyers described Sally as a "labor and education pro" who "deftly balances needs of clients and others." Read the full profile here and join us in congratulating Sally on this prestigious honor.
James C. Franczek, Jr. and David P. Radelet were recognized as two of the top labor and employment attorneys in Illinois by Leading Lawyers in its August 2018 Business Edition.
Franczek Radelet is delighted to announce that the firm has hired distinguished special education attorney Kathryn S. Vander Broek.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education and Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan recently released his memoir entitled ‘How Schools Work’. Mr. Duncan looks back on his tenure running the Department of Education and the Chicago Public Schools, as one of the longest serving officials in either of those positions. He shares his perspective on some of the most polarizing challenges facing public education, including standardized testing, union influence, charter schools, and student achievement. Our senior partner Jim Franczek makes an appearance in the book, as Mr. Duncan shares a vignette on how Jim used his formidable legal skills to (literally) open the doors to a successful after school program at CPS.
Shelli Anderson and Jennifer Smith have been recognized by Crain's as 2019 Notable Women Lawyers for their distinguished career in the field of education law.
Partner Michael Hernandez Appointed as the Illinois Co-Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar FoundationJune 22, 2018
Franczek Radelet is delighted to announce that partner and Firm Diversity Officer Michael Hernandez has been appointed as the Illinois Co-Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Foundation is among the world’s leading research and charitable institutions dedicated to the practice of law.
Immigration Practice Group Leader Tejas Shah Selected as "Emerging Leader" by the Chicago Council of Global AffairsJune 18, 2018
Franczek Radelet is delighted to announce that Immigration Practice Group leader and partner Tejas Shah has been selected as a member to join the 2018-2019 Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Emerging Leaders Program. The Council is Chicago's premier think tank and nonprofit focused on global engagement by convening global voices, conducting independent research, and engaging the public to explore ideas that shape the future. Through a competitive selection process, this prestigious program accepts only a select number of leaders each year and positions them to improve our local and global communities.
We are delighted to announce that the Firm has hired two attorneys in its Labor & Employment practice group, Leah Farmer and Erin Walsh. Both counsel employers on a wide variety of employment and labor matters and have successfully litigated in both State and Federal court.
Labor and Employment Partner Staci Ketay Rotman shared her insight on complying with the FLSA and DOL rules in a series of articles published by TSheets called “The 7 Deadly Sins of FLSA Compliance.”
July 27, 2016
Prior to and immediately following the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of the much-anticipated new overtime exemption rules, Staci Ketay Rotman and William R. Pokorny have been out in front of this important issue, counseling clients and serving as thought leaders to the media on this complex topic.
July 18, 2016
Jeff Nowak was featured in an article by Bloomberg's Daily Labor Report regarding FMLA leave as an ADA accommodation.
Employment Law Daily Wrap Up, CONFERENCES—Jeff Nowak and Chai Feldblum talk leave as a reasonable accommodationEmployment Law Daily
June 23, 2016
Employment Law Daily wrote an article covering Jeff Nowak and EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum webinar, EEOC's New Resource on Leave as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation: A Closer Look with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its fifth class of LEADS Fellows. The LEADS program (Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship) was established by the firm in 2010 to create a pipeline of talented and diverse law students in the Labor and Employment space.
June 23, 2016
Staci Ketay Rotman was quoted in an article by Forbes regarding FLSA compliance.
Jennifer A. Smith and Edward N. Druck co-authored, "Transgender Issues in Schools and the Workplace: Personal Records," published in the Bar Briefs KCBA for the April 2016 issue.
February 22, 2016
Jennifer A. Smith was quoted in an article by ABC News regarding the clashes over which restrooms and locker rooms transgender students should use.
January 20, 2016
Tejas Shah and Michael A. Warner Jr. co-authored, "How Outsourced Workers Could Increase Discrimination Risks," published in Law360 on January 20, 2016.
Hrishi Shah was quoted in an article in Business Insurance regarding the Maria De Lourdes Parra Marin v. Dave & Buster's Inc., Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc.
December 10, 2015 – Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce the elevation of a number of attorneys, effective January 1, 2016.
Franczek Radelet partner Patricia J. Whitten assumed her role as Chair of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) earlier this month. This one-year term began on November 19 with chairing the ICSA executive committee meeting and presiding over the membership meeting and law seminar the following day.
October 28, 2015
Daniel R. Salemi and Sarah Kregor co-authored, "Pension De-Risking: Perspectives for Multiemployer and Public Plans," published in the Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily on October 28, 2015.
October 9, 2015
Tejas Shah was featured in the article “State Dept. Reversal on Employment Visas Hit Immigrants” in the October 2015 issue of the India-West newspaper.
The offices of Chicago based law firm Franczek Radelet P.C. have received a complete makeover courtesy of NELSON, a global design, architecture, engineering, and consulting services firm. The same office space located in the city’s Loop district that Franczek Radelet has occupied since it first opened its doors more than 20 years ago underwent a four phase complete redesign thanks in part to the longstanding relationship with its original designers—NELSON’s Andrea Brandt, Principal, Project Director, and Theresa Williams, Principal, Design Director.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Melissa Sobota as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group. Melissa concentrates her practice in both labor and employment law. Her labor experience includes collective bargaining for municipalities and county employers. She has experience handling union certification petitions, severance petitions, as well as litigating unfair labor practice charges before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. She has also advised employers on medical and insurance benefit plan issues in relation to contract negotiations and employee disputes.
Ares Dalianis was featured in the article “The Assessment Squeeze” in the September 2015 issue of Chicago Lawyer.
The article, "School Districts Seeing Stars Over Illinois’ New Concussion Legislation," authored by Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz was published in September issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter and in the October 2015 issue of Legal Issues in High School Athletics, both Hackney Publications.
August 1, 2015
Franczek Radelet's Diversity Officer Michael Hernandez was featured in the article "Law Firm Diversity: Professionals Roundtable" in the July/August 2015 issue of Insight Into Diversity.
July 1, 2015
Jeff Nowak was quoted in The Des Moines Register on July 1 in the article, “New state worker mandate: Report your aliments.” The article addresses a new requirement that Iowa’s state government employees report their prescriptions and medical services to a private company—the Reed Group—that will monitor their absences has prompted at least three union complaints and questions about privacy.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Katelan Little as an associate in its Higher Education and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. Katelan focuses a majority of her practice on representing higher education institutions, both public and private, in labor, employment, faculty, and student matters. She defends colleges, universities, graduate schools, and academic medical centers in a wide range of cases, with a particular emphasis on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Franczek Radelet is very pleased to announce its attorneys Edward Druck and Lindsey Marcus and paralegal Jessica McNamara won the prestigious Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Northern District of Illinois in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association. This award is for their incredibly dedicated work in prosecuting the pro bono employment discrimination case that was assigned to the firm by the Court in 2012 and went to trial this past January. The award was presented at the 16th Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award Ceremony on May 14.
May 10, 2015
Lindsey Marcus was quoted in an article in Business Insurance regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s conciliation efforts before filing litigation against businesses are subject to judicial review.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome former Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) general counsel Nicki Bazer as the newest member of its Education Practice Group. Her experience at ISBE will serve as a valuable asset for the firm’s numerous Illinois public school district clients as they navigate the evolving regulations and reform initiatives endorsed by the ISBE.
April 23, 2015
Jeff Nowak presented with EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic on pregnancy accommodation at the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC)'s FMLA/ADAAA Employer Compliance Conference 2015. The comments made by both Commissioner Lipnic and Jeff were included in the article, "EEOC Commission Says Young Decision Has Spurred Review of Pregnancy Guidance," published by the BNA Daily Labor Report on April 23, 2015.
We are pleased to announce that Franczek Radelet attorney and head of the Firm's immigration practice, Tejas Shah has been recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) as the Young Lawyer of the Year in Cook County. Each spring the ISBA - Young Lawyers Division recognizes two outstanding young lawyers, one practicing outside Cook County and one within. Award recipients must be ISBA members in good standing and have not yet reached the age of 36.
Andrea Waintroob Nominated by Governor Rauner to Serve as Chair of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations BoardApril 6, 2015
Franczek Radelet is very pleased and extremely proud to announce that our colleague Andrea Waintroob has been nominated by Governor Bruce Rauner to serve as Chair of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB). Pending Senate confirmation, the Governor will appoint her acting Chair. This appointment reflects Andrea’s many accomplishments over the years and the respect she enjoys in the educational community.
Franczek Radelet attorneys Edward Druck and Tejas Shah co-authored the article, "Immigration Reform and Diversifying Your Workforce," which was published in the April 2015 issue of the Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs. The article outlines recent immigration reform initiatives that can assist employers in their efforts to diversify their workforce.
February 13, 2015
Ellen Babbitt co-authored the article "Shared Governance? New Pressure Points in the Faculty/Institutional Relationship" published in The Journal of College and University Law, Volume 41, Number 1.
Jim Franczek made the cover of the latest issue of Illinois Super Lawyers. The profile on Jim focuses on his strategy (or secret tactics) at the bargaining table—great food; his decision to become a lawyer; his success with countless clients, including CPS, City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, among others; and his commitment to the success of the firm.
The article, "Illinois Votes for Change: So What Kind of Changes Can We Expect?" co-authored by James C. Franczek, Jr.; Patrick M. DePoy and Laure E. Knittle, was published in the Winter 2015 issue of the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Education Law and Policy Society recognized Franczek Radelet for its support of legal education and its 20 years of powerful advocacy and exceptional lawyering in the areas of education, employment, and labor relations.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Amy Kosanovich Dickerson and Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz have been named partner. Both Amy and Jackie are members of the firm’s Education Practice Group, representing Illinois school districts and private schools as well as higher education institutions.
Ares G. Dalianis and Scott R. Metcalf co-authored, "Capturing All of Your Revenues," published in the Illinois ASBO UPDATE Magazine for the Winter 2015 Edition.
December 17, 2014
Sally Scott was referenced in an article published by The Financial Times regarding a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit involving an employee suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder who complained about working with a supervisor who admitted to watching pornography in the office.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that for the fourth straight year one of the firm’s blogs, FMLA Insights has been recognized by ABA Journal as one of the Top 100 legal blogs of 2014 on its annual Blawg 100 List. FMLA Insights was one of only eight labor and employment blogs selected.
December 2, 2014
Firm managing partner Ronald J. Hein, Jr. was profiled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Law Firm Leader column.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Erin Fowler and Jamel Greer as associates in the Firm’s Labor & Employment and Education Practice Groups, respectively. Erin is an alumnus of the Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program. Jamel Greer has worked at the firm as a practicum student since September 2013 as part of Loyola University School of Law’s Education Law Practicum.
Franczek Radelet is proud to announce that our partner, William R. Pokorny, was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in 2014. Bill was selected for this honor out of more than 1,000 attorney nominations from around the State. The recognition honors 40 Illinois attorneys younger than 40 who exemplify “intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community and, most importantly, a willingness to work hard at one of the country’s most important professions,” according to the publisher of the Chicago Lawyer and Law Bulletin.
James C. Franczek, Jr. was quoted by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times discussing the new Chicago Police Department contract.
October 28, 2014
Amy K. Dickerson was quoted in the article, "Know When to Convene 504 Team in Light of Latest OCR Letter on Bullying" published in LRP Publications' Special Ed Connection regarding addressing bullying isssues involving students with disabilities.
October 9, 2014
In the Sunday, September 28, 2014 edition of the Chicago Tribune, reporter Lisa Black reported on the continuing evolution of student privacy concerns when it comes to schools implementing one-to-one programs. In the article, "Student computer use raises privacy questions," Ms. Black called on Franczek Radelet attorney Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz for legal commentary on this ever changing topic for school districts. The article explored how various school districts are juggling the safety of their students with the privacy issues.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Patrick M. DePoy as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Franczek Radelet partner Michael J. Hernandez has been nominated as a Fellow for the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is an organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law’s impact on our society. The Fellows of the ABF is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
August 8, 2014
On August 8, 2014, Jeff Nowak was quoted in an article published by The Wall Street Journal discussing the rise of FMLA lawsuits.
For the third year in a row, Franczek Radelet was recognized by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality. Based on the results of the Equality Illinois 2014 Law Firm Survey, Franczek Radelet will be recognized for its achievements along with the other firms that support LGBT workplace equality in the dedicated publication Raising the Bar: Law Firms Leading the Way to LGBT Equality which highlights top law firms, publicizes the survey findings, and includes recommendations for firms seeking to increase their workplace diversity and equality.
July 31, 2014
On July 31, 2014, David Radelet was quoted in the article, "McDonald's franchise world rocked by ruling," published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
June 16, 2014
For the second year in a row, James C. Franczek, Jr. was named to the annual list of "100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," published by Human Resources Executive magazine.
June 11, 2014
Franczek P.C. is pleased to welcome its summer class of LEADS Fellows. In 2011, Franczek P.C. established this diversity pipeline initiative—the Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) fellowship program. Last week, the Firm welcomed Susan Esquivel and Nicholas Simpson as its third class of LEADS Fellows.
June 8, 2014
Jeff Nowak authored the article, “Don’t Rally Against the Legislation Too Quickly; It Could Be A Win For State Too” published in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, June 8, 2014
May 29, 2014
The article, "FMLA Tips for Dealing with the DOL, Absence Reporting Policies, and Curbing Leave Abuse," published in Wolters Kluwer's Employment Law Daily quoted Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak extensively.
May 6, 2014
Scott Warner co-authored the article “Title IX Compliance: Steps to Take Today, Next Week, and Next Month” published by Academic Impressions.
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Partners Edward N. Druck and Michael J. Hernandez co-authored the article, "Law Firm Diversity: The New Standard of Workplace Excellence," in Bar Briefs published by the Kane County Bar Assocation.
Franczek Radelet partner Patricia J. Whitten has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Council of School Attorneys (COSA), part of the National School Boards Association. COSA’s mission is to support school attorneys in their representation of public school boards by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools. The organization, which Patti has been involved with for more than 30 years, encourages professional development and closer relationships between school attorneys and their school board clients through continuing education, online publications, writing and advocacy opportunities, and discussion forums.
The article, “So Far, Medical Marijuana Laws Have Had Little Impact on the Workplace,” written by Jeff Nowak was published in the Spring 2014 Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s The Labouring Oar newsletter.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Laura Knittle has joined the firm as an associate in the Education Practice Group.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Hrishikesh “Hrishi” Shah and Trevor Holmes have joined the firm as associates in the Employee Benefits Practice Group.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce several of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2014 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers selects only 5 percent of all lawyers in the State of Illinois for inclusion in its annual list.
March 1, 2014
For the second year in a row, James C. Franczek, Jr. was named to Chicago Magazine’s Annual 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans published in the magazine’s March 2014 issue.
February 12, 2014
Amy Dickerson was quoted in an article published in February by SpecialEdConnection.com which addressed notifying parents at the conclusion of a 504 investigation. “Put internal practices in place where the expectation is that you are notifying [parents] in conclusion of an investigation,” commented Amy.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Salemi has been named partner. Dan represents clients in all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. He counsels employers on the design, administration and funding of retirement, health, fringe benefit and deferred and stock-based compensation arrangements.
January 6, 2014
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in an issue of What’s Working in Human Resources regarding FMLA certification.
Patricia J. Whitten Among the 125 Alumni of Distinction Recognized by IIT Chicago-Kent College of LawOctober 31, 2013
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce partner Patricia J. Whitten is among the 125 Alumni of Distinction selected by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The College is celebrating 125 years of trailblazing, innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school and helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level.
Chicago United recently announced that Franczek Radelet partner Michael J. Hernandez is one of 45 business executives—and one of only a few private practice attorneys—to be honored as a Business Leader of Color. Chicago United established this honor to highlight exceptional corporate and civic leaders of color, and has extended this recognition biennially since 2003. Past BLC honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama and Don Thompson, chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp., among others. These individuals were selected from a large pool of exceptionally qualified nominees from a wide variety of organizations in the business, non-profit, and governmental sectors.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Sunghee “Sunny” W. Sohn as an associate in the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Sunny is the first alumnus of the Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program which began in 2011. LEADS is an eight-week summer program for diverse first and second year law students with an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters.
Franczek Radelet is proud to announce that our partner, Jennifer Dunn, has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in 2013. Jennifer was selected for this honor out of more than 1,350 attorney nominations from around the State. The recognition honors 40 Illinois attorneys younger than 40 who exemplify “intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community and, most importantly, a willingness to work hard at one of the country’s most important professions,” according to the publisher of the Chicago Lawyer and Law Bulletin.
The FMLA Insights blog, authored by Jeff Nowak, was recognized by website Paralegal 411 as one of the top 25 employment and labor law blogs. The website ranked the top 25 employment and labor law blogs based on their website popularity metrics including the number of websites linking to them, Google Page Rank, website authority, and Twitter followers.
Franczek Radelet partners James C. Franczek, Jr.; Ronald J. Hein, Jr.; David P. Radelet, and Michael A. Warner, Jr. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
September 13, 2013
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in the July 9 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources.
Franczek Radelet Attorneys Prepare Amicus Brief in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative ActionNSBA's Legal Clips
September 10, 2013
Franczek Radelet attorneys Patricia Whitten, Jennifer Smith, and Jackie Wernz were mentioned in a Legal Clips article discussing the amicus brief filed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.
Amy K. Dickerson is profiled on the Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Civitas ChildLaw Center website.
Michael Richardson co-authored, "Correcting Pension Overpayments and Underpayments," published in the September 2013 issue of Benefits Magazine.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the consideration of race in college and university admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin was one of the most anticipated rulings from the October 2012 term.
James C. Franczek, Jr. was recently named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Chicago Labor Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year.”
"The NLRB’s Recent Focus On Non-Union Employers And Its Impact On Common Employment Policies At Colleges And Universities"NACUANOTES
July 30, 2013
The article “The NLRB’s Recent Focus on Non-Union Employers and Its Impact On Common Employment Policies at Colleges and Universities” co-authored by Scott Warner was published in the National Associations of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)'s NACUANOTES Vol. 11, No. 14.
July 30, 2013
The article “Rules of the Game” by Amy K. Dickerson was published in the July/August 2013 issue of the American School Board Journal.
Franczek Radelet was recognized by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality. Several Chicago law firms were honored based on the results of the Equality Illinois 2013 Law Firm Survey. Firms were recognized for achievements that support LGBT workplace equality. Franczek Radelet and the other law firms honored will be recognized in the dedicated publication Raising the Bar: Recognizing Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining LGBT Employees which publicizes the survey findings and outlines recommendations for firms seeking to increase their workplace diversity and equality.
Franczek Radelet was selected by Equality Illinois for the second consecutive year as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its second class of LEADS Fellows. Earlier this month, the Firm welcomed Erin Fowler and Kent Sparks as its second class of LEADS Fellows.
May 17, 2013
Jeff Nowak was featured in a video interview on LXBN hosted by The LexBlog Network discussing FMLA questions that arose from Yahoo’s new parental leave policy.
May 6, 2013
Brian Crowley was mentioned in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for his recent promotion to equity partner.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce its recent partner promotions. Brian Crowley has been named equity partner.
March 27, 2013
Franczek Radelet attorneys Ares Dalianis and Scott Metcalf have authored the chapter, “Property Tax Litigation,” which is included in the 2013 Edition of Real Estate Litigation published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).
March 3, 2013
"The ugly side of the family leave law," written Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was published in the Sunday, March 3, 2013 issue of the Chicago Tribune.
March 1, 2013
James C. Franczek, Jr. made his debut on Chicago Magazine’s Annual 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans list published in the magazine’s March 2013 issue.
February 10, 2013
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article "After 20 Years, FMLA Still Tests Some Employers" published in Business Insurance.
February 1, 2013
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the February 1 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in an article addressing the new Facebook law legislators are considering.
January 31, 2013
Sally Scott was quoted in the article, "Victim's Rights: EEOC Warns Employers of Discrimination Related to Domestic Violence," published in the Inside Counsel.
January 21, 2013
Jeff Nowak authored the article "How a Natural Disaster Impacts Leave Taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act" that was featured in the January 2013 issue of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law FLASH newsletter.
January 21, 2013
Shelli Anderson and Dana Fattore Crumley co-authored the article, "Professional Development Plans as Evaluation Tool," which was published in the January 2013 issue of the IASA Leadership Matters.
January 16, 2013
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article, "Department of Labor Lists Considerations for Adult Child Care FMLA Leave Requests," published by Business Insurance.
December 11, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article, "Leave in Las Vegas" published on Human Resource Executive Online discussing the decision in Ballard v. Chicago Park District, which found plaintiff Beverly Ballard claiming her former employer denied her FMLA rights by declining to approve a trip to Las Vegas with her terminally ill mother.
December 1, 2012
The article, “Locked out...Strategies for Complying with the Facebook Password Law,” by Jackie Wernz was published in the November/December 2012 issue of Illinois School Board Journal, an Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) publication.
November 29, 2012
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row FMLA Insights, one of the firm’s three legal blogs, was selected by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 legal law blogs of 2012.
The recent FMLA Insights post on handling FMLA issues resulting from natural disasters by Jeff Nowak was republished by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
October 31, 2012
Bill Pokorny is mentioned in the post, “Expert Shares Tips on Paid vs. Unpaid Breaks,” on Compensation.BLR.com.
October 23, 2012
Jeff Nowak and Lindsey Marcus were mentioned in a Q&A piece in What's Working for Human Resources.
October 22, 2012
Dave Radelet was quoted in the article, "EEOC Suits Hit 20-Year Low in 2012," published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
October 22, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article, "When a Small Employer Gets Sued by a Former Worker" published by Bloomberg Businessweek.
October 21, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in an article published in the Chicago Tribune on discussing the risks of conducting criminal background checks on potential employees that may lead to potential discrimination lawsuits.
October 10, 2012
Franczek Radelet is proud to announce that our partner, Jeff Nowak, has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in 2012. Jeff was selected for this honor out of more than 1,250 attorney nominations from around the State. The recognition honors 40 Illinois attorneys younger than 40 who exemplify “intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community and, most importantly, a willingness to work hard at one of the country’s most important professions,” according to the publisher of the Chicago Lawyer and Law Bulletin.
October 8, 2012
Jim Franczek was profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times on October 8 in the article, "Rahm's Go-To Labor Guy: Leave 'No Footprints'".
September 24, 2012
Ellen Babbitt authored the article, "Avoiding Defamation Claims Arising Out of Harassment Investigations," published by United Educators Insurance in its Perspectives newsletter.
August 13, 2012
Jeff Nowak authored the article "Illinois' 'Facebook' Law Handcuffs Employers" published in Crain's Chicago Business.
August 13, 2012
Jeff Nowak did an on-camera interview with the BBC on the issue of Illinois’ Facebook Password Law, signed by Governor Quinn in August.
August 2, 2012
Franczek Radelet was mentioned in an article published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Franczek Radelet was selected by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms “Taking A Stand” by leading the way to LGBT equality. Several Chicago law firms were honored based on the results of the Equality Illinois 2012 Law Firm Survey. Firms were recognized for achievements that support LGBT workplace equality. Franczek Radelet and the other law firms honored will be recognized in the dedicated publication Raising the Bar: Recognizing Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining LGBT Employees which publicizes the survey findings and outlines recommendations for firms seeking to increase their workplace diversity and equality.
July 17, 2012
Todd Faulkner and Brian Crowley are one of the co-authors of the article "School Board Practices, Procedures, and Elections" published in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)'s 2012 Edition of Illinois School Law: Organization, Finance, and Property.
July 17, 2012
Patti Whitten and Jennifer Smith co-authored the article "Take These Steps to Address Chronic Student Absences in the Coming School Year" published in the July issue of Special Ed Connection and the August issue of IEP Team Trainer.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Ellen M. Babbitt has been nominated and voted in as a member-at-large of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). NACUA is a prestigious association of attorneys representing colleges and universities throughout the world. The vast majority of Board members serve in an in-house and general counsel capacity, and it is rare for an attorney in private practice to be elected to the NACUA Board.
July 1, 2012
Leading Lawyers magazine chose to Jim Franczek as one of select group of attorneys to be profiled at length in the latest edition of that publication.
June 21, 2012
Sally Scott was extensively quoted in an article in U.S. News & World Report. The article discusses eight tasteless items employees should remove from their desks.
June 18, 2012
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its first class of LEADS Fellows. In 2011, Franczek Radelet announced a new, exciting diversity pipeline initiative—the Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) fellowship program. Last week, the Firm welcomed Erin Fowler, Sunghee “Sunny” Sohn, and Melanie Stewart as its first class of LEADS Fellows.
"Unequal Treatment: EEOC Targets Blanket Leave of Absence and Attendance Policies for ADA Violations"InsideCounsel
June 1, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in the article, "Unequal Treatment: EEOC Targets Blanket Leave of Absence and Attendance Policies for ADA Violations" published in the June 2012 issues of InsideCounsel.
May 23, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in an article published in the Chicago Tribune discussing the legislation that passed both Houses and is awaiting the Governor's approval.
May 22, 2012
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in the “Answers to Tough HR Questions” section of the May 22 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources.
May 16, 2012
Franczek Radelet partner Dana Fattore Crumley is one of only 15 Chicago women attorneys recognized in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s annual Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact. The supplement features the achievements and accomplishments of the nominated women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Chicago legal community.
April 25, 2012
The article, "Education Reform in Illinois: Making Performance Count," by James C. Franczek, Jr. and Amy K. Dickerson was published in the Winter issue of the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report.
Much More Than Friend Request: Employer Requests for Facebook Access Increase Liability, Employee ResentmentChicago Tribune
April 8, 2012
"Much More Than Friend Request," a Business Voices Oustide Opinion article authored by Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was published in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, April 8.
April 1, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article "Firing of Pregnant First-Year Employee Ruled Illegal" published in the April 2012 issue of InsideCounsel.
April 1, 2012
John A. Relias and Amy K. Dickerson co-authored the article "No Such Thing As A Free Aide: The Risks Associated With Parent-Paid Providers on School Grounds" published in the April 2012 issue of Inquiry & Analysis.
Jeff Nowak and Bill Pokorny were named in the HR Examiner’s 2012 Top 175 Pulse of HR as influencers of the HR online conversation.
March 13, 2012
A recent Wage & Hour Insights blog post by Bill Pokorny was published in SOS HR TIDBIT, a School Office Services, Inc. publication.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce several of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2012 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers selects only 5 percent of all lawyers in the State of Illinois for inclusion in its annual list. Partner James C. Franczek, Jr. was also named among the Top 100 attorneys in the state as a result of receiving among the highest point totals during the Illinois Super Lawyers review process
February 1, 2012
Ellen Babbitt was quoted in the article "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Exemption in ADA Case" published in the February 2012 issues of Section 504 Compliance Handbook.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Gwendolyn B. Morales and Kendra Berner have joined the firm as associates. Gwen, who joins the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Team, most recently served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Kendra, who joins the firm’s Education Practice Team, previously served as Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she worked on special education matters with the District of Columbia public schools.
January 1, 2012
"Life After Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Is the FMLA the New Breeding Ground for Class Actions?" by Jeff Nowak was published in the Fall 2011 issue of the ABA Employment Law & Litigation Committee Newsletter.
December 9, 2011
Dave Radelet was quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on Friday in an article reporting on the changing rules and politics currently surrounding the NLRB.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that FMLA Insights, one of its two legal blogs, was selected by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs by lawyers, for lawyers.
Today, the Chicago Chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) will honor Franczek Radelet founder and president, Jim Franczek. Jim, who has represented clients in the private and public sectors for over 40 years, is the only management side labor attorney honoree to receive the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from LERA-Chicago. LERA chooses its Distinguished Service Award honorees based on the individual’s exceptional skill in the area of labor and employment as well as their ability to maintain the legal standards of LERA which includes working in a collegial atmosphere to foster an ongoing dialogue among labor, management, and neutrals in the Chicago community.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce its 2012 partner promotions. Dana Fattore Crumley and Amy Moor Gaylord have been named equity partners. Associate Jennifer Smith has been named income partner, all effective January 1, 2012.
December 5, 2011
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in “What HR Says Can Be Used Against It; Experts Suggest Termination ‘Talking Points’” published in the December 5 issue of BNA Human Resources Report. The article discusses a FMLA Insights post regarding employer and employee conversations on reasons for termination.
November 28, 2011
Jeff was quoted in an article published in Lawyers USA and LegalNews.com discussing the oral argument of a Supreme Court case questioning the limits of police officers’ use of GPS tracking of suspects’ movements.
The Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board of Directors presented Franczek Radelet Patricia J. Whitten with the 2011 Professional Achievement Award. This recognition, awarded annually since 1984, is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the following fields including the practice of law, the judiciary, public service/government, business/commerce, or the media.
November 1, 2011
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article "Occupy Chicago Raises Employment Law Questions" published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
October 20, 2011
A blog post on Kevin O'Keefe's Real Lawyers Have Blogs features Jeff Nowak and the FMLA Insights blog.
October 6, 2011
Jim Franczek has been named the Chicago Best Lawyers’ Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year for 2012.
October 5, 2011
Sally J. Scott was quoted in the article "Some Question Push to Ban Jobless Discrimination" published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Franczek Radelet was selected as the 2011 Illinois - Labor & Employment Law Firm of the Year Award by Global Law Experts (GLE).
October 4, 2011
Jackie Wernz was quoted in an article published in the LRP Publication Section 504 Compliance.
October 1, 2011
An article entitled “Are You Due For A Wage And Hour Checkup?” by Bill Pokorny was published in the October issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management. The article outlines the most common wage and hour mistakes in the cleaning and maintenance industry and tips on how to avoid them.
In the September 23, 2011 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, David Radelet was front and center in an article on the recent NLRB-Facebook case.
Franczek Radelet partners James C. Franczek, Jr.; Ronald J. Hein, Jr.; David P. Radelet, and Michael A. Warner, Jr. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012.
September 1, 2011
A recent post from FMLA Insights was included in the Family and Medical Leave Guide. The post is also included in the Ideas and Trends newsletter.
August 8, 2011
Bill Pokorny was quoted in the August 8 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources in their regular “Answers to Tough HR Questions” column.
Jeff Nowak is mentioned in an article published on HRMorning.com. A link to a recent blog entry on FMLA Insights is also included in the article.
Darcy L. Kriha was quoted in the article "10 Tips To Craft Individual Safety Plans For Students With Disabilities" published in The Special Educator (July 1) and California Special Education Alert (August 1).
August 1, 2011
Jeff Nowak authored the article, "Restaurant's Reason For Termination May Have Been Pretext," published in the August issue of Hospitality Law.
August 1, 2011
The article, “What Employers Need to Know About the New ADA Regulations,” co-authored by Chris Johlie was published in the July/August 2011 issue of HR Advisor: Legal and Practical Guidance.
July 22, 2011
Dana Fattore Crumley was quoted in an article published by Minnesota Public Radio reporting on a lawsuit filed by students and parents of Anoka-Hennepin School District which claims the district did not investigate or respond appropriately to bullying and harassment allegations claims brought by five students.
July 10, 2011
In a recent Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune, Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively on the impact that the Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes would have on employers.
July 8, 2011
Bill Pokorny was quoted in What’s Working in Human Resources on whether a phone call to a doctor could potentially constitute as treatment under the FMLA.
July 1, 2011
Staci Ketay Rotman co-authored the article, "Non-tipped Duties Cannot Exceed 20 Percent of Work," published in the July 2011 issue of Hospitality Law.
Special Ed Connection
July 1, 2011
Amy K. Dickerson was quoted in "Plan For Situations In Which Bullied Student With Disability Fights Back" in Special Ed Connection published by LRP Publications.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to introduce Wage & Hour Insights, a blog focused on federal and state overtime, minimum wage, and wage payment laws.
Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was profiled in the monthly Q&A column in Chicago Lawyer magazine (June 2011).
May 17, 2011
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce its partner Sally J. Scott is one of only 12 women attorneys recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in a special supplement, Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact. The feature highlights the achievements and accomplishments of the women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Illinois legal community.
April 27, 2011
Jeff Nowak was interviewed for the Smart Answers column of Bloomberg BusinessWeek on the ADAAA's final regulations.
April 22, 2011
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in What’s Working in Human Resources regarding leave for unmarried parents.
Maintaining Safe Schools
April 18, 2011
Darcy L. Kriha was quoted extensively in the article "Test The Mettle of Steps For Detecting Weapons At School" in Maintaining Safe Schools published by LRP Publications.
Crain’s Chicago Business recognized the law firm of Franczek P.C. as one of the top 30 companies in Chicago on its 2011 Best Places To Work. This is the first year Franczek P.C. participated in the survey.
Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was elected Village Trustee for the Village of La Grange. Additionally, Jeff was recently appointed by Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer, to serve as on the Treasurer’s Performance Audit Working Group.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce a number of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2011 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers.
Michael J. Hernandez was presented with the 2011 J.T. Canales Award. This annual award honors a University of Michigan Law School alumnus who has worked diligently to improve the lives of Latinos.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that two of its associates Scott Cruz and Jennifer A. Dunn have been named partner, effective January 1, 2011.
January 4, 2011
Amy Moor Gaylord, a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., by unanimous vote, is a new member of the Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) Chicago Chapter Board of Directors.
Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in the article "Know Your Rights Under Family and Medical Leave Act" published by Hospitality Law on January 1, 2011. In the article, Jeff further discusses FMLA abuse and provides an approach for handling leave requests.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that James C. Franczek, Jr. was named in The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment 2010 edition.
Dana Fattore Crumley was quoted in the article, “Improve Transparency of Process to Gain Parent Buy-in,” published by Today’s School Psychologist on December 1, 2010.
Bill Pokorny was mentioned in What’s Working in Human Resources regarding FMLA certification. A recent posting from the FMLA Insights blog is featured in the question-answer section.
Patti Whitten was quoted in "Attorneys: IEP Teams Need More Training On Prior Written Notices" published by the California Special Education Alert on November 1.
October 22, 2010
Suppose a retailer declares bankruptcy. Several of its leases are sold off to another retail chain, which then remodels the stores, stocks them with its own merchandise and opens them under its own name. If this retailer hires some of the bankrupt company's employees, are those employees new hires under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or might they have the right to take FMLA leave immediately, without waiting 12 months or working 1,250 hours for the new company?
Darcy Kriha was quoted in the article "The Top 10 Legal Issues" published by the American School Board Journal in October 2010.
Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in the article, “How to stay in step with FMLA,” published by Inside Business on October 11.
October 1, 2010
Article by Michael Richardson addresses the right of a fund to recover future medical costs an examines circumstances that should make a fund aware of future medical costs.
September 28, 2010
The article, "Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Join White-Collar Quest for Overtime Pay," co-authored by partner Staci Ketay Rotman was published in BNA's Daily Labor Report on September 28, 2010.
September 27, 2010
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that partner Shelli L. Anderson has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch – 2010. In its 11th year, Law Bulletin Publishing Company reviewed more than 900 attorney nominations from around the State to identify this year’s 40 Under 40.
Franczek Radelet partners James C. Franczek, Jr.; Ronald J. Hein, Jr.; and David P. Radelet were named among Chicago’s best lawyers in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
September 22, 2010
Bill Pokorny was quoted in What’s Working in Human Resources on how to prepare for a potential Department of Labor (DOL) complaint.
International Child Care and Grace Children's Hospital in Haiti honored Franczek Radelet and partner James C. Franczek, Jr. at an special evening celebration honoring those who are dedicated to the mission of International Child Care.
For the second year in a row, James C. Franczek, Jr. has been named to Crain's Chicago Business annual “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” list. This prestigious recognition, published by Crain’s since 1989, includes the names of the “civic, professional and cultural leaders you need to know.” Organized by industry, Jim is among a select group of only 50 attorneys named to this year's list.
August 24, 2010
David A. Johnson, formerly with the City of Chicago, has joined the law firm of Franczek Radelet as a partner. Mr. Johnson, Chief Labor Negotiator for the City for more than five years, is the fifth attorney to join Franczek Radelet in 2010.
Partners recognized in the latest issue of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Jim Franczek was honored among the top 100 business lawyers in Illinois again this year. Todd Faulkner, Ron Hein, Mike Hernandez, Paul Millichap, Dave Radelet, John Relias, and Patti Whitten were recognized in the areas of School Law, Employment Law and/or Labor Law.
NPR Quotes James C. Franczek, Jr. on Chicago Teachers Union's Lawsuit Against Chicago Public SchoolsAugust 19, 2010
James C. Franczek Jr. mentioned on NPR segment reporting on the Chicago Teacher Union's lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.
July 2, 2010
Jennifer A. Dunn provides her insight on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in New Process Steel, L.P. v. NLRB.
School Planning & Management
July 1, 2010
The article, "Gone to the Dogs?" by Jackie Wernz was published in the July 2010 issue of School Planning & Management magazine. The article examines the most recommended approaches school districts should take when it comes to suspicion less canine searches.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to introduce the launch of FMLA Insights, the firm's first blog, which will provide practical insights regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act.
David Radelet is featured prominently in the Law Bulletin's Annual Law Day special edition published on April 22, 2010. Dave is quoted extensively on the ramifications of labor law and his practice as a result of President Obama's appointments to enforcement agencies.
April 8, 2010
It is apparent that the Department of Labor is convinced that the number of reported independent contractors, more than 8 percent of the workforce, is inaccurate as a result of employers misclassifying employees.
Second Quarter 2010
Darcy L. Kriha - ELA member spotlight profile in Second Quarter 2010 issue of ELA Notes.
February 23, 2010
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Community Schools and Middlebury Community Schools, filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County against the State of Indiana arguing that their schools are not receiving sufficient funding as a result of the State’s long-held school funding formula.
CBS - WBBM Ch. 2
Job loss and despair resulting from the economic crisis are factors in a 20% increase in suicide and suicide attempts. CBS 2 Chicago (WBBM-TV) interviewed firm partner Sally J. Scott for its February 10, 2009 story on the labor implications of this situation.
School Law Report
Firm partner Darcy L. Khira authored article on allergies in schools for Education Law Association's monthly newsletter School Law Reporter
January 26, 2010
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce several of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2010 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers.
January 22, 2010
To start the new year, the law firm of Franczek Radelet welcomed Maryanne C. Adams as its first Director of Client Service and Development.
January 18, 2010
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Christopher A. Johlie has joined the firm as a partner.
James C. Franczek, Jr. profiled in The University of Chicago Law School Alumni Magazine
Illinois School Law: Organization, FInance & Property
January 7, 2010
Firm partners Todd Faulkner and Brian Crowley contributed to the 2010 edition of Illinois School Law: Organization, Finance & Property published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
December 17, 2009
Franczek Radelet attorneys Darcy Kriha and Jennifer Smith were quoted on the front page of the Northwest Herald after hosting "The New Section 504" seminar for McHenry County.
As part of our ongoing effort to offer helpful tools for our clients to stay up to date on quickly changing education law issues, Franczek Radelet launches a new Education Podcast. The Education Podcast will provide an opportunity, free of charge, for clients to listen in as Franczek Radelet attorneys discuss the top issues facing our education clients. The Education Podcast offers a fun and quick way for educators to keep informed.
November 20, 2009
Jeff Nowak, a partner at the firm, published the article "New FMLA rules: What managers need to know and do" on MyManagersNetwork.com.
October 8, 2009
Michael J. Hernandez, a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., was chosen by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez as one of two people to be honored during the 2009 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
On September 30, 2009, Jeff Nowak will provide an update on the FMLA and VESSA in an annual employment law conference sponsored by the Law Bulletin.
Attorneys Dalianis & Metcalf Co-Author "Identifying and Mitigating Sources of School Revenue Erosion"Published by the Association of School Business Officials International
School Business Affairs
Firm partner Ares G. Dalianis and associate Scott R. Metcalf co-authored an article with Michael Prombo which appears in the September 2009 issue of SBA (School Business Affairs), which focuses on finance, accounting, and budgeting.
On August 25, 2009, Franczek Radelet attorneys successfully obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of Argo Community High School District No. 217 and Indian Springs School District No. 109. The order allows approximately 260 students to board school buses from safe locations near their homes within the apartment complex, rather than at a bus stop on a busy, industrial street.
August 7, 2009
Darcy Kriha was lauded by the Westmont Educational Foundation (WEF) for her role in the WEF's efforts to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a public charity. It is hoped that this status will assist the WEF in raising funds for a scholarship program for local students.
Firm partner Darcy L. Kriha is quoted in an article entitled "School attorney: Allergies tops list of 5 biggest issues districts face" which appears on the Special Ed Connection® Web site.
Jeff Nowak featured in Daily Labor Report article on President Obama's Labor and Employment InitiativesDaily Labor Report
August 4, 2009
Firm partner Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in an August 4, 2009 Daily Labor Report article which highlighted a presentation he gave to attendees at the American Bar Association's annual meeting held this week in Chicago. The presentation, entitled "Labor and Employment Legislation Impacting Federal Construction Under the New Administration," provided ABA attendees an overview of President Obama's probable labor and employment initiatives, including workplace legislation currently pending in Congress.
August 4, 2009
Firm partner Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in an August 4, 2009 Daily Labor Report article which highlights a presentation he gave to attendees at the American Bar Association's annual meeting. The presentation, which was entitled "Labor and Employment Legislation Impacting Federal Construction Under the New Administration," provided ABA attendees an overview of President Obama's probable labor and employment initiatives, including workplace legislation currently pending in Congress.
After more than a decade of litigation, the Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 Board of Education in Champaign, IL approved a Settlement Agreement that ended a voluntary federal Consent Decree. The decree stems from complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights by African-American Plaintiffs in 1996, which alleged racial discrimination.
August 1, 2009
Chris Johlie co-authored the article “Organized Labor’s Impact on the Healthcare Industry: Unions in the Time of Reform” published in the American Health Lawyers Association’s Connections magazine in August 2009.
Jeff Nowak quoted in Family and Medical Leave Handbook article regarding Practice of Physicians to Charge for Completion of FMLA Medical Certification FormsFamily and Medical Leave Handbook
Firm partner Jeff Nowak was quoted in the July 2009 edition of the Family and Medical Leave Handbook in an article entitled "Doctors Charging Fees for FMLA Medical Certifications." The article discusses how physicians are increasingly charging fees to complete Family and Medical Leave Act medical certification forms. Both employees and employers can be affected, depending on which party the doctor seeks to charge.
On May 28, 2009, Franczek Radelet received the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago President's Award for Continuous Support of Diversity and Scholarship.
Special Ed Connection
May 6, 2009
Firm partner Darcy Kriha was quoted extensively in this article which was published in May 2009 on the Special Ed Connection Web site.
May 6, 2009
On May 6, 2009, the firm announced that founding partner Charles Rose had been confirmed by the United States Senate as General Counsel for the Department of Education, and that the firm's name is now Franczek Radelet.
Suggestions, information, and links to resources for school districts regarding the magnitude and potential spread of the H1N1 swine influenza.
April 30, 2009
Firm partner Michael A. Warner, Jr. was interviewed for a ABC Channel 7 Chicago report on the H1N1/Swine Flu Outbreak entitled "When Should You Stay Home?".
Ares G. Dalianis will participate in an all-day seminar sponsored by the Appraisal Institute; the program is entitled "The Nuts & Bolts of a Tax Appeal with a Mock Hearing."
In recent months, founding partner David P. Radelet has spoken extensively throughout the Midwest on the Employee Free Choice Act and its implications for employers.
March 29, 2009
Founding partner David P. Radelet is quoted in this Washington Post article regarding the Employee Free Choice Act and its prospects following the 2010 elections.
March 20, 2009
Firm partners James C. Franczek, Jr. and David P. Radelet spoke at a breakfast forum hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on pending EFCA legislation.
The American Legion's C.D. Burton Post 808 will honor James C. Franczek, Jr. in a ceremony being held on March 5, 2009.
On February 27, 2009, Patti Whitten made presentations to staff at Illinois School District U-46 and New Trier Township High School District 203.
January 28, 2009
With companies laying off tens of thousands of salaried workers and cutting the pay of many more amid the worst economic crisis since the Depression, organizers see an opportunity to win over the white-collar cubicle-dwellers who have replaced blue-collar workers at the center of the U.S. economy.
January 23, 2009
Attorneys from Franczek Radelet were voted by their peers as Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2009.
December 16, 2008
On December 16, 2008, our firm successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Board of Education for Community Unit School District No. 201 in a race discrimination lawsuit filed by a former first-year teacher.
Michael A. Warner, Jr., a partner at Franczek Radelet, recently gave a seminar on Reductions in Force to the Chicago Bar Association; a report on his seminar, published on the web by CCH WorkWeek, is presented here
On November 17, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor published its long-awaited final regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act. Our executive summary of the key changes in the new rules is available via this article.
On November 17, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor published its long-awaited final regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act. The new rules become effective on January 16, 2009. Serving as the first substantial changes to the regulations since the FMLA became law 15 years ago, the new regulations will significantly impact the manner in which employers administer the FMLA. Please click the link below to view an Executive Summary prepared by Franczek Radelet attorneys regarding the DOL's new FMLA regulations.
The Business Journal - Serving Greater Milwaukee
November 14, 2008
David P. Radelet was quoted extensively by the Milwaukee BUSINESS JOURNAL in an article concerning the Employee Free Choice Act and its implications for employers.
November 1, 2008
An article written by Steven M. Baule (superintendent of CUSD 201 in Westmont, IL) and Darcy L. Kriha which originally appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of the Illinois School Board Journal.
Franczek Radelet has been selected as the first recipient of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Institutional Partner Award.
September 30, 2008
Franczek Radelet secured a jury trial victory on behalf of the University of Chicago in the matter of Vernon v. University of Chicago. Following a nine-day trial, a Chicago jury returned a verdict in favor of the University, which was represented by Franczek Radelet & Rose attorneys Jeff Nowak and Bill Pokorny.
Upon the conclusion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007-2008 term, Franczek Radelet compiled a Review of the Supreme Court’s 2007-2008 Term which highlights the important labor and employment cases the Court analyzed this past term and will consider in its upcoming term.
Franczek Radelet is proud to have had twelve partners recommended by their peers as being among the top lawyers in Illinois and thus be included in the Leading Lawyers Network for 2008-2009.
Jeffrey S. Nowak was recently was named to the editorial board of the Family and Medical Leave Handbook.
The article considers how the Internet and advances in technology have dramatically changed the variables of student speech issues, and it looks at issues, concerns, relevant court cases, and practical issues and actions with respect to free speech in this context, including the importance of an updated Acceptable Technology Use Policy.
Dismissal Verdict Obtained in Joseph Caruso v. The Board Education of Elgin School District U-46 et al2007
Patti Whitten and Scott Cruz recently obtained a dismissal verdict in the Circuit Court of DuPage County on behalf of Elgin School District U-46 in the case of Joseph Caruso v. The Board Education of Elgin School District U-46 et al.
In its 2007 AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS: THE CLIENT'S GUIDE, Chambers USA places Franczek Radelet (formerly Franczek Sullivan) in the first ranks of labor and employment firms in Illinois.
The Council serves the public interest by promoting and implementing policies necessary to maintain development, growth and educational opportunities throughout the Chicago region.
The Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for our client, Morningstar, Inc. In reaching its decision, the court once again reinforced that in order for an employer to be liable for coworker harassment, the employer must have knowledge of the harassment. The court found that Bernier's anonymous instant message to the alleged harasser (a co-worker) was insufficient to put the company on notice for the purpose of imputing liability.
August 18, 2002
Not far from the city's "Union Row," where the headquarters of organized labor dominate Ashland Avenue, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union is standing outside Plumbers Hall and greeting hundreds of her members as they arrive for a monthly meeting. Like any good Irish politician born on the South Side, Deborah Lynch knows the names and stories of many of the teachers, school clerks and other union delegates who pass by her at the entrance of the union hall on West Washington Boulevard. "I like to do this every month because it's a good, informal way to hear what's on people's minds," says Lynch, who quickly switches her attention to an approaching elementary teacher.
June 5, 2002
Advocates trying to choose an arbitrator to hear a particular case would be better served by investigating the potential arbitrator's integrity, timeliness, patience and sensitivity rather than his or her labor-management biases, two prominent Chicago labor attorneys said May 29.
It was the simplest of beginnings. In the spring of 1993, two old friends met at a benefit and, between hors d'oeuvres, slipped into what old friends do in such a situation: talk about their jobs and what they'd really like to do, if only…Both men had made it to the top of their profession at large Chicago law firms but found they were looking for something more. They felt they needed a change.
February 14, 1994
One afternoon when David P. Radelet returned to Wildman, Harrold, Allen, & Dixon from a morning meeting, a memorandum lay on his desk.
February 14, 1994
In one coordinated blitz, 12 partners are leaving four Chicago law firms this week to establish a new labor law powerhouse. The lawyers are departing some of the most prestigious firms in the city: Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz, Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson, Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon and Klein Thorpe & Jenkins.