IAML Insights

July 15, 2019

On July 3, California made history by enacting the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, becoming the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of hairstyles associated with race. The CROWN Act adds hairstyles that are closely associated with race to the class of protected racial characteristics under state...

July 12, 2019

The litigator's secret weapon: good manners. William Hanson, the etiquette columnist for the Daily Mail, provides fun and snarky advice on how to be polite. Last week, he had a column on email etiquette, which got me thinking about the ways that handling email correctly can help employers prevent lawsuits and successfully defend...

July 11, 2019

With the crowd’s chant of “equal pay” echoing at the Women’s World Cup soccer match and again as the champions float down the Canyon of Heroes, the issue of pay equality continues to be in the spotlight, and the New York legislature has jumped onto this moving train. In addition to passing a powerhouse bill that strengthens protections...

July 09, 2019

On June 25, 2019, Governor Jay B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (HR1438) (“Cannabis Act”) into law. When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, Illinois will be the second largest state (after California) to allow the use and possession of recreational cannabis for all citizens over age 21...

July 08, 2019

Indisputable fact no. 1: Women and men should earn the same pay for the same work.Indisputable fact no. 2: The players on the United States women’s national soccer team earn substantially less than their counterparts on the men’s team. The Equal Pay Act requires that an employer pay its male and female employees equal pay for equal work...

July 05, 2019

Happy holiday weekend! With the Fourth of July approaching, we will go out with a bang. How much do you know about employment law in the news from this week or so? Take our quiz and find out! As always, the answers appear immediately after each question, so you can cheat all you want. (But you should know that cheating is un-American.) Ready? Here...