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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Employers Gird for Disabilities Act Changes
Bloomberg BusinessWeek Article
April 27, 2011
Jeff Nowak was interviewed for the Smart Answers column of Bloomberg BusinessWeek on the ADAAA's final regulations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?".

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.

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.