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    March Chapter Meeting- New Labor and Employment Laws

    Date: March 18, 2015, 8:30am – 1:00pm
    Gerald McInnis
    Joliet Junior College
    T Building
    Room 1001/1002
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    Gerard A. McInnis is Of Counsel in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis LLP

    Mr. McInnis has a broad range of experience in traditional labor law.  He regularly counsels employers on all aspects of labor law and has represented employers in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, contract negotiations, and numerous other administrative proceedings.  He regularly advises clients regarding union organizing campaigns and elections and has significant experience in training company managers and supervisory personnel in the area of union avoidance.  Mr. McInnis was named one of the Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in America by Labor Relations Institute, Inc. based on his representation of employers before the NLRB.  He also has litigated numerous cases in state court to obtain restraining orders and injunctions to prevent unlawful union picketing and violence during labor disputes.

    Mr. McInnis also practices extensively in the employment law area and regularly litigates employment discrimination cases at the agency, pretrial, and trial levels.   His practice covers the spectrum of state and federal employment litigation, including claims of race, age, disability and sex discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, and retaliatory discharge.  He has broad experience dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as state and local employment agencies throughout the United States.

    Prior to joining Jackson Lewis LLP, Mr. McInnis was a partner in a major Chicago firm where he practiced labor and employment law.  He also previously served as senior counsel for a national telecommunications company where he was responsible for labor and employment matters in five Midwestern states.

    Mr. McInnis is a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Law Sections and a member of the ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and Arizona, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. McInnis received his B.A., with high honors, in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois.

    Gregory H. Andrews is a Shareholder in the Chicago, IL office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Mr. Andrews represents employers in a wide variety of traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, NLRB proceedings and arbitrations. His practice also includes representation of employers in union organizing attempts, with a focus on preventative strategies via on-site coaching and training of supervisors and management.

    Much of Mr. Andrews work is focused on representing employers in unfair competition, trade secret and restrictive covenant cases in state and federal courts as well as at FINRA.  Mr. Andrews’ litigation experience is focused solely on representing employers of all sizes in a wide variety of industries in ADA, FMLA, Title VII and FLSA single plaintiff and class action cases.  He has successfully guided employers through numerous arbitrations, trials, and appeals in state, federal courts and before the NLRB.

    Mr. Andrews was named a Super Lawyer in 2007 by Law & Politics and Chicago Magazine.

    A frequent speaker for the Illinois State, DuPage and Kane County Bar Associations, Mr. Andrews has for the past fifteen years also taught human resources as an instructor for Aurora University and Northern Illinois University’s SHRM Certification Test Preparation Course.

    Mr. Andrews is a member of: the Kane County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Society for Human Resources Management.  Mr. Andrews also sits on several boards, including: the National Alliance on Mental Illness – DeKalb, Kane and Kendall (5k Race Committee) and the Congregation Council of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  In addition, he served a two-year term as President of the Wild Rose Woods Homeowners Association.

    Mr. Andrews is also published regularly, including “Your Space or Myspace?,” Human Resource Executive (January 2010) and “The Seventh Circuit Clarifies Employer’s Duties Under the ADA,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 89:313-315 (June 2001).

    Mr. Andrews received a B.A. from Luther College, an M.S. from University of Illinois and a J.D. from Chicago - Kent School of Law in 1992 where he was on the Dean’s List and was President of the Moot Court Society.

    Mr. Andrews is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, including the trial bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits.


    Jeffrey L. Rudd is Of Counsel in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis LLP.

    Mr. Rudd concentrates his practice in employment litigation with experience in cases involving claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL), the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and various other federal and state statutes and common law doctrines relating to employment, including whistleblower claims.  In addition to representing clients in federal and state court litigation, Mr. Rudd also is experienced in representing clients before federal, state, and local administrative agencies.  Mr. Rudd regularly counsels employers regarding various labor and employment law issues, and works extensively with employers in negotiating and preparing employment agreements, managing reductions-in-force, drafting personnel policies, and conducting internal audits and investigations.

    Mr. Rudd has substantial experience, in both federal and state courts, defending collective and class actions involving allegations of “off-the-clock” work and misclassification of employees under the FLSA and IMWL.  Mr. Rudd recently defeated a motion seeking conditional certification of a nationwide collective action involving thousands of potential claimants in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Berry, et al. v. Quick Test, et al.  Mr. Rudd also successfully opposed certification of a class action alleging violations of the IMWL and IWPCA in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Finnigan v. American InterContintental University Online.

    Mr. Rudd was a contributor to the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s publication, “Conducting the Employment Practices Audit,” and has been a presenter at continuing legal education and industry seminars.  Mr. Rudd was named to the 2008, 2009, and 2012 annual lists of “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.

    Mr. Rudd earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Central District of Illinois.  Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Rudd was a member of the Employment Litigation Practice Group at Katten Muchin Rosenman.


    New Labor and Employment Laws

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    - Recent Happenings

    - Outlook for 2015

    Workplace Investigations

    - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    National Labor Relations Board New Election Rules

    -The NLRB’s Latest Threat To Your Union Free Status & How To Beat It!

    Attorney Q&A Panel

    • The Jackson Lewis P.C panel will provide the top 10 commonly faced labor law issues.

    Please bring your labor and employment law questions for the Q&A panel discussions!

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