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Franczek P.C. is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list nationally in three practice areas and regionally in three practice areas. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.
Franczek P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracey Truesdale as partner in its labor & employment practice group.
Franczek P.C. is pleased to welcome Amanda Mehr and Muaaz Maksud as its LEADS Fellows for Summer 2019. Franczek established its LEADS summer program for law students in 2011.
Franczek P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of two attorneys, Caroline Kane and Emily Tulloch.
Mike Warner, our managing partner, has been selected for Crain's Chicago 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law. Mike joins a distinguished list of prominent Chicago area attorneys born between 1964 and 1979. Join us in congratulating Mike on this prestigious honor.
We are delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners again ranked Franczek P.C. among the leading Labor & Employment law firms in Illinois in its 2019 USA Guide. The firm continues to be the highest-ranked Labor & Employment boutique law firm in Illinois. Jim Franczek was recognized for the 23rd consecutive year in Band 1 of the rankings for individual attorneys. Only six other lawyers received that prestigious honor this year.
Franczek is delighted to announce that Jason Patterson has joined the firm as a Labor and Employment associate attorney. Jason represents the full spectrum of management clients served by the firm, including private- and public-sector employers in a variety of industries. Jason represents clients in litigation, administrative disputes, and collective-bargaining. He has expansive knowledge of and experience with litigating cases under multiple employment law statutes. He advises clients on employment issues such as termination, discipline, reasonable accommodation requests, employee classification, collective-bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, and wage and hour practices.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
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.
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.
June 23, 2016
Staci Ketay Rotman was quoted in an article by Forbes regarding FLSA compliance.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 9, 2014
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Patrick M. DePoy as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 13, 2013
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in the July 9 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 22, 2011
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in What’s Working in Human Resources regarding leave for unmarried parents.
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.
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.
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?
Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in the article, “How to stay in step with FMLA,” published by Inside Business on October 11.
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.
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.
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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.
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 18, 2010
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Christopher A. Johlie has joined the firm as a partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?".
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.
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.
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.