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Five Franczek Radelet attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers® list
August 16, 2018
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Franczek Radelet Announces Hiring of Two Attorneys
June 12, 2018
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.

New DOL Overtime Rule Changes: Key Takeaways
Staci Ketay Rotman and Bill Pokorny break down the implications of this important update.
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.

FMLA Leave Request May Also Double As Request for Accommodation Under ADA
Bloomberg BNA: Daily Labor Report
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 accommodation
Employment 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.

One Thing You Can Do Today To Protect Yourself Against FLSA Lawsuits
Forbes
June 23, 2016
Staci Ketay Rotman was quoted in an article by Forbes regarding FLSA compliance.

Other Suits Seeking to Derail Health Care Reform
Business Insurance
January 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.

Pension De-Risking: Perspectives for Multiemployer and Public Plans
Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily
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.

Melissa Sobota Joins Franczek Radelet as an Associate
October 1, 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.

"Law Firm Diversity: Professionals Roundtable"
Insight Into Diversity
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.

New state worker mandate: Report your ailments
The Des Moines Register
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 Attorneys Receive Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
May 15, 2015
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.

"EEOC Conciliation Efforts Ruling Is Only A Partial Victory for Employers"
Business Insurance
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.

EEOC Commissioner Says Young Decision Has Spurred Review of Pregnancy Guidance
BNA Daily Labor Report
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 Board
April 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 Broadens the Breadth of its Practice with New Immigration Counsel
February 9, 2015
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Tejas Shah to the Firm as immigration counsel. Tejas, who will lead the Firm’s immigration practice, provides employers with comprehensive advice and counsel with respect to virtually all immigration issues affecting employers. Tejas assists employers in hiring and retaining talented foreign-national employees, sponsoring employees for permanent residency or temporary visas (H-1B, O-1, E-2, R-1, E-3, L-1), assisting with I-9 audits, and offering guidance to ensure compliance with the complex and evolving immigration rules, executive actions, and legislation.

"Collective Conscience," Illinois Super Lawyers, January 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers
Winter 2015
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.

"Illinois Votes for Change: So What Kind of Changes Can We Expect?"
Illinois Public Employee Relations Report
Winter 2015
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.

"SEC Staffer: Adult Content at Work Triggered Trauma"
The Financial Times
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.

Firm Blog FMLA Insights Named To ABA Journal Blawg 100 List For Fourth Straight Year
December 10, 2014
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 Welcomes First Year Associates Erin Fowler And Jamel Greer
November 12, 2014
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.

Bill Pokorny Recognized As One of the Top 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 to Watch in Illinois
November 4, 2014
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.

Judges Explains Tossing of CVS Severance Agreement Lawsuit
Chicago Tribune
October 9, 2014

David Radelet Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine, September 2014 Edition
September 2014
We are very pleased to announce that Dave Radelet was named among the top lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers and was profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine, September 2014.

Franczek Radelet Welcomes Labor and Employment Associate
September 17, 2014
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Patrick M. DePoy as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group.

More Workers File Family-Leave Lawsuits
The Wall Street Journal
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.

McDonald’s franchise world rocked by ruling
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.

100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Human Resources Executive
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.

2014 Class of Leads Fellows Begin at Franczek Radelet
This Innovative Diversity Pipeline Initiative is Not Your Typical Summer Associate Program
June 11, 2014
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its summer class of LEADS Fellows. In 2011, Franczek Radelet 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.

FMLA Tips for Dealing with the DOL, Absence Reporting Policies, and Curbing Leave Abuse
Employment Law Daily Wrap Up
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.

So Far, Medical Marijuana Laws Have Had Little Impact on the Workplace
The Labouring Oar
Spring 2014
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 Attorneys Named Among Illinois Super Lawyers
March 17, 2014
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.

Michael Hernandez Named Among the 2013 Business Leaders of Color by Chicago United
October 28, 2013
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 Welcomes First Year Associate Sunghee "Sunny" Sohn
October 14, 2013
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.

Jennifer Dunn Named One of the Top 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 to Watch in Illinois
October 7, 2013
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.

FMLA Insights Named Among Top 25 Employment & Labor Law Blog
September 26, 2013
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.

Can Employers Require Medical Exams for Employees Returning from FMLA
What’s Working in Human Resources
September 13, 2013
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in the July 9 issue of What’s Working in Human Resources.

Jim Franczek Named Chicago's Labor Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
August 21, 2013
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 Announces 2013 Class of LEADS Fellows
June 28, 2013
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.

Yahoo’s New Parental Leave Policy Raises Some Interesting FMLA Questions
LXBN TV hosted by The LexBlog Network
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.

The Ugly Side of the Family Leave Law
Chicago Tribune
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.

"After 20 years, FMLA Still Tests Some Employers"
Business Insurance
February 10, 2013
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article "After 20 Years, FMLA Still Tests Some Employers" published in Business Insurance.

Legislators Considering Changes to New Facebook Law
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.

Victim's Rights: EEOC Warns Employers of Discrimination Related to Domestic Violence
Inside Counsel
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.

How a Natural Disaster Impacts Leave Taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law FLASH
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.

Adult Child Care FMLA Leave Requests
Business Insurance
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.

FMLA Leave in Las Vegas
Human Resource Executive Online
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.

FMLA Insights Blog Named to ABA Journal's Annual Blog 100 List for Second Year in Row
ABA Journal
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.

Employee Leave Eligibility and Natural Disasters
November 1, 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).

Expert Shares Tips on Paid vs. Unpaid Breaks
Compensation.BLR.com
October 31, 2012
Bill Pokorny is mentioned in the post, “Expert Shares Tips on Paid vs. Unpaid Breaks,” on Compensation.BLR.com.

Which Supreme Court Case Will Affect HR Most this Term?
What's Working in Human Resources
October 23, 2012
Jeff Nowak and Lindsey Marcus were mentioned in a Q&A piece in What's Working for Human Resources.

"EEOC Suits Hit 20-Year Low in 2012"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.

"Business Risks Rise in Criminal History Discrimination"
Chicago Tribune
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.

Jeff Nowak Named One of the Top 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 to Watch in Illinois
Law Bulletin Publishing Names its Annual 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40
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.

Jim Franczek: The Go-To Labor Guy
Chicago Sun-Times
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'".

Avoiding Defamation Claims Arising Out of Harassment Investigations
Perspectives - United Educators
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.

"Illinois' 'Facebook' Law Handcuffs Employers"
Crain's Chicago Business
August 13, 2012
Jeff Nowak authored the article "Illinois' 'Facebook' Law Handcuffs Employers" published in Crain's Chicago Business.

“US Employers Banned from Asking for Social Media Logins”
BBC
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.

Jim Franczek: Meeting Chicago's Labor Needs for Four Decades
Leading Lawyers Magazine
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.

"8 Tasteless Items to Remove From Your Desk"
U.S. News & World Report
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.

Franczek Radelet Announces First Class of LEADS Fellows
Innovative Diversity Pipeline Initiative Established at Franczek Radelet
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.

"Bill Protecting Job Seekers', Employees' Social Media Passwords Advances to Gov. Quinn"
Chicago Tribune
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.

FMLA FAQ: Can an Employer Require an Employee to Make Up Time Taken as FMLA Leave?
What's Working in Human Resources
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 Resentment
Chicago 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.

HR Examiner’s 2012 Top 175 Pulse of HR
March 14, 2012
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.

Do I Have To Pay An Exempt Employee Who Answers E-Mail Or Phone Calls While On FMLA Leave?
SOS HR TIDBIT
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
March 1, 2012
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

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Exemption in ADA Case
Section 504 Compliance Handbook
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 Welcomes Two New Associates
January 25, 2012
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.

Life After Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Is the FMLA the New Breeding Ground for Class Actions?
ABA Employment Law & Litigation Committee Newsletter
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.

The Changing Rules and Politics Surrounding the NLRB
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.

FMLA Insights Named to ABA Journal's Annual Blawg 100 List
December 7, 2011
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.

Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) - Chicago To Honor Jim Franczek
December 7, 2011
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.

What HR Says Can Be Used Against It; Experts Suggest Termination ‘Talking Points’
BNA Human Resources Report
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.

GPS Tracking in Supreme Court Case
Lawyers USA and LegalNews.com
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.

Talk of the LexBlog Network: Jeff Nowak of FMLA Insights
Real Lawyers Have Blogs
October 20, 2011
A blog post on Kevin O'Keefe's Real Lawyers Have Blogs features Jeff Nowak and the FMLA Insights blog.

Jim Franczek Named Chicago's Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
October 6, 2011
Jim Franczek has been named the Chicago Best Lawyers’ Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

"Some Question Push to Ban Jobless Discrimination"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.

“Are You Due For A Wage And Hour Checkup?”
Cleaning & Maintenance Management
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.

The NLRB Decision in Facebook Case
September 23, 2011
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 Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2012 List
September 19, 2011
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.

Will Employers Soon Use GPS to Catch FMLA Abuse?
Family and Medical Leave Guide
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.

Answers to Tough HR Questions
What’s Working in Human Resources
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.

Proposed Legislation Would Expand Family & Medical Leave Act
August 2, 2011
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.

"Restaurant's Reason For Termination May Have Been Pretext"
Hospitality Law
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.

What Employers Need to Know About the New ADA Regulations
HR Advisor: Legal and Practical Guidance
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.

Jeff Nowak Featured in New Chicago Tribune Sunday Column - Business Voices
Chicago Tribune
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.

Phone Call to a Doctor Is Not Treatment Under FMLA
What's Working in Human Resources
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.

"Non-tipped Duties Cannot Exceed 20 Percent of Work"
Hospitality Law
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 Launches Wage & Hour Insights Blog
June 15, 2011
Franczek Radelet is pleased to introduce Wage & Hour Insights, a blog focused on federal and state overtime, minimum wage, and wage payment laws.

Partner Jeff Nowak Profiled in Chicago Lawyer Magazine
May 31, 2011
Franczek Radelet partner Jeff Nowak was profiled in the monthly Q&A column in Chicago Lawyer magazine (June 2011).

Sally J. Scott Named To Chicago Women In Law: Women Making An Impact
Law Bulletin Publishing Recognizes 12 Chicago Women Attorneys Who Are Making An Impact
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.

Leave For Unmarried Parents
What’s Working in Human Resources
April 22, 2011
Jeff Nowak was mentioned in What’s Working in Human Resources regarding leave for unmarried parents.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
April 1, 2011
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.

Hernandez Receives 2011 J.T. Canales Award from University of Michigan
March 25, 2011
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.

Franczek Radelet Welcomes Babbitt, Land & Warner
February 1, 2011
Leading Chicago labor and employment and education law firm Franczek Radelet is very pleased to announce that the higher education law firm of Babbitt, Land & Warner will be joining the firm. Effective February 1, 2011, Ellen M. Babbitt, Peter G. Land and Scott L. Warner will join Franczek Radelet as partners.

Franczek Radelet Promotes Two Associates to Partner
January 5, 2011
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.

Amy Moor Gaylord Named to LERA Chicago Chapter Board of Directors
Labor & Employment Relations Association - Chicago Chapter
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 Quoted in Hospitality Law
January 1, 2011
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.

James C. Franczek, Jr. Named Among the International Who's Who of Labor Law
December 9, 2010
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 Quoted in What’s Working in Human Resources
November 10, 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.

Article by Pokorny Published by Law360
Meet The New Boss — Same As The Old Boss?
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 Quoted in Inside Business Article on FMLA Abuse
October 11, 2010
Jeff Nowak was quoted extensively in the article, “How to stay in step with FMLA,” published by Inside Business on October 11.

Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives' Wage & Hour Litigation in Daily Labor Report Article
BNA's Daily Labor Report
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.

Shelli L. Anderson Named to Law Bulletin's Annual 40 Under 40 List
Law Bulletin Publishing Names its Annual 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40
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 Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America
September 23, 2010
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®.

Preparing for a Potential DOL Complaint
What's Working in Human Resources
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.

Franczek Radelet Honored by International Child Care
September 13, 2010
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.

James C. Franczek, Jr. Named to Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business List
September 9, 2010
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.

Franczek Radelet Adds Veteran Labor Negotiator to its Growing Roster
David A. Johnson Joins Chicago Labor & Employment Law Firm
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.

Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers Magazine
August 23, 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 Schools
August 19, 2010
James C. Franczek Jr. mentioned on NPR segment reporting on the Chicago Teacher Union's lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.

Jennifer A. Dunn's Article on the New Process Steel Decision
Effects of New Process Steel
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 Launches FMLA Insights, the Firm’s First Blog
June 16, 2010
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.

Amy Moor Gaylord Quoted in CFO Magazine
How Much Should Workers Know
CFO Magazine
May 21, 2010
Amy Moor Gaylord was quoted in the article "How Much Should Workers Know" for CFO Magazine. Amy offered the magazine her view on companies reaction to a proposal that the Department of Labor (DOL) is considering that would affect the way that companies classify workers. Amy Moor Gaylord was quoted in the article "How Much Should Workers Know" for CFO Magazine. Amy offered the magazine her view on companies reaction to a proposal that the Department of Labor (DOL) is considering that would affect the way that companies classify workers.

Making Headlines: Employment Lawyers Weigh in on How Appointments Will Change Their Practice
April 21, 2010
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.

Employee or Independent Contractor: The Challenges of Worker Classification - Webinar
Franczek Radelet Webinar
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.

Sally J. Scott interviewed by CBS Channel 2/Chicago
Featured in report on "Spike in Calls to Suicide Hotlines", offers tips to employers
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Named in Law & Politic's Illinois Super Lawyers
Law & Politics
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.

Franczek Radelet Welcomes New Labor & Employment Partner
Veteran Labor & Employment Attorney, Christopher A. Johlie, Adds Significant Experience to Chicago Law Firm
January 18, 2010
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Christopher A. Johlie has joined the firm as a partner.

Jeff Nowak Publishes FMLA Article on MyManagersNetwork.com
New FMLA rules: What managers need to know and do
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.

David P. Radelet to Present on How the Law of the Workplace Has Changed Over the Past Year
Labor and Employment Relations Association Wisconsin Chapter Third Annual One Day Conference
November 3, 2009
David P. Radelet, a founding partner of the firm, is scheduled to speak at the Labor and Employment Relations Association Wisconsin Chapter Third Annual One Day Conference in Milwaukee on November 3, 2009. Mr. Radelet will open the general session of the program with the presentation topic "What A Difference A Year Makes: The Law of the Workplace - A Look Back and a Look Ahead."

Jeff Nowak to provide FMLA and VESSA Updates at Law Bulletin Conference
September 30, 2009
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 Initiatives
Daily 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.

Obama's Approach to Labor, Employment Seen as Aggressive, but 'Pragmatic'
Daily Labor Report
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Secure Settlement Victory for School District Clients
August 3, 2009
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.

“Organized Labor’s Impact on the Healthcare Industry: Unions in the Time of Reform”
Connections
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.

David Radelet featured in Crain's article on Obama Administration's labor laws & regulations
July 13, 2009
Firm partner David P. Radelet is featured prominently in the lead of this Crain's Chicago Business article about the slew of rules and regulations enacted by the Obama administration which affect the way employers deal with their employees.

Jeff Nowak quoted in Family and Medical Leave Handbook article regarding Practice of Physicians to Charge for Completion of FMLA Medical Certification Forms
Family and Medical Leave Handbook
July 2009
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.

Firm Announces New Name
Charles P. Rose Confirmed by U.S. Senate as General Counsel, Department of Education
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.

ABC interviews Michael A. Warner Jr. re: H1N1/Swine Flu and employer concerns
"When Should You Stay Home?" - Swine Flu Outbreak
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?".

Radelet travels Midwest speaking on EFCA
April 2009
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.

Union Bill's Declining Chances Give Rise to Alternatives
The Washington Post
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.

Franczek and Radelet Speak on EFCA at Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
"Reframing the Debate on Employee Free Choice Act: Bad Public Policy in Uncertain Times"
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.

White-collar blues play well with U.S. labor unions
Amy Moor Gaylord quoted in Reuters report on efforts to unionize white-collar workers
Reuters.com
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.

Firm Attorneys in Illinois Super Lawyers for 2009
Super Lawyers
January 23, 2009
Attorneys from Franczek Radelet were voted by their peers as Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2009.

School Board Prevails on Summary Judgment Against Teacher Claiming Discrimination
Green v. Board of Education for Community Unit School District No. 201
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.

Employers should minimize risks of liability when implementing RIFs
CCH WorkWeek (online)
December 2008
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

Firm's Executive Summary Helps Employers Prepare for Imminent Changes in FMLA
November 25, 2008
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.

New FMLA Regulations Take Effect January 2009: Employers Must Act Quickly to Prepare for Change
November 25, 2008
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.

Labor Union Turnaround
Obama win means pro-worker agenda will be pushed
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.

University of Chicago Prevails in Jury Trial Against Former Ph.D. Student
Allegations of Violations of the University Student Policy Manuals Are Rejected
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.