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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 is pleased to introduce Wage & Hour Insights, a blog focused on federal and state overtime, minimum wage, and wage payment laws.
April 27, 2011
Jeff Nowak was interviewed for the Smart Answers column of Bloomberg BusinessWeek on the ADAAA's final regulations.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?".
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.
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.