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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.