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    September Meeting: Important Updates to the Illinois Equal Pay Act

    Date: September 25, 2019, 5:00pm
    2400 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet, IL (Inside the Workforce Center of Will County)
    Free For GWHRA Members; $15 non-members
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    Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm.

    Presentation begins upon conclusion of business agenda.  

    Topic: Important Updates to the Illinois Equal Pay Act

    • Amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act
      • Effective date
    • Ban on salary history inquiries
      • Exceptions
      • How to navigate candidate’s “expectations” regarding compensation  
      • Considerations when determining compensation for offers
      • Other states with similar laws regulating salary history inquiries
    • Alters analysis for determining whether employer is discriminating in its pay practices by sex or race
      • “Substantially similar” skill, effort and responsibility standard
      • Factors that account for differences
      • Statutory exceptions, including limitations on reliance of the fourth “catchall” exception
    • Strengthened anti-retaliation protections
    • Penalties
    • Hypotheticals & practical tips for employers
    • Proposed Changes to the Federal Equal Pay Act (very briefly mention at the end)
      • Paycheck Fairness Act, add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (summarize proposed changes)
    • Currently sitting with the Senate, passed by the House on March 27, 2019

    Presenters: From Ogletree Deakins Law Firm: 

    Katherine Manuel is an experienced employment litigator who defends companies of all sizes in lawsuits and government agency matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblower, breach of contract, defamation, tort, medical leave and unfair competition claims.  Katherine also devotes a portion of her practice to counseling employers regarding various employment law issues (with a particular focus on leave of absence/accommodation issues), conducting on-site training and handling workplace investigations.  Katherine regularly represents and advises employers in the retail, higher education and hospitality industries.  Katherine has significant jury trial experience and routinely achieves dismissals for employers at summary judgment.   

    Since 2015, Super Lawyers has named Katherine an Illinois Rising Star, which is a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins in 2013, Ms. Manuel practiced at an employment litigation firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Taylor N. Rollinson represents businesses and management in all areas of employment law, including client counseling, training, and litigation. She has experience in both state and federal court, and experience litigating employment law matters in various agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Human Rights Commission. 

    In 2014 through 2017, Super Lawyers identified Ms. Rollinson as an Illinois 'Rising Star,' a distinction awarded to attorneys under the age of 40 who have been evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.