P. Kevin Connelly

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Kevin Connelly focuses his practice on employment matters, such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour law, whistleblowing, statutory leave and traditional labor law. He is experienced in both trials and appeals, and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to class and collective actions. Read Kevin Connelly's full bio. 

NLRB Attacks Non-Disparagement and Confidentiality Clauses in Employee Releases, Severance Agreements

By , and on Mar 14, 2023
Posted In Employment, Labor

Employers, especially in the context of workforce reductions, may provide departing employees with severance agreements in exchange for a release. Those agreements often include non-disparagement clauses and confidentiality clauses regarding the terms and the amount of the agreement. On February 21, 2023, in McLaren Macomb, the National Labor Relations Board held that such clauses infringe on employees’...

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Illinois Supreme Court Eliminates Defense to Biometric Privacy Class Actions

By , and on Mar 30, 2022
Posted In Employment, Labor, Privacy and Data Security

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has spawned a tsunami of class actions against employers who utilize biometric timekeeping or security systems. Now, the Illinois Supreme Court in McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park, LLC has eliminated a defense invoked by employers facing claims under BIPA: the exclusivity of workers’ compensation. Read more here.

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Hurry Up and Wait: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of New Worker Classification Regulations

By and on Feb 16, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

Businesses strive to draw the line correctly on who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. New regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in early January promised to help. See, 29 CFR §§795.100. But by late January, those regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) were frozen. Unlike laws passed...

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H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By and on Mar 24, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First) is now law and becomes effective April 2, 2020. For employers with less than 500 employees, and in certain situations for employees affected by coronavirus, Families First requires that employers provide two weeks of paid sick leave in certain situations and provide subsidized leave under the Family...

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Top 10 Things to Know About the New FLSA Overtime Calculations

By and on Jan 7, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

Beginning January 15, 2020, new, more employer-friendly regulations determine how overtime pay is calculated under the Fair Labor Standards Act. We identified the top 10 things you should know about what is being changed or clarified. Access the full article.

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Family Ties: Connecticut Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave

By , and on Jun 27, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

Connecticut enacted a paid family and medical leave law, which provides paid leave to eligible employees and expand allowable reasons for such leave. This Connecticut statute closely tracks Massachusetts’s parallel statute and appears to be among the most generous paid family leave laws in the country. All private sector employers (and their employees who work...

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Dallas Implements Paid Sick Leave Law: What You Need to Know

By , and on May 16, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

The City of Dallas recently passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. Starting August 1, 2019, employers with more than five employees who perform at least 80 hours of work in a year in Dallas should be prepared to comply with the new ordinance. Access the full article.

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4 Things to Watch After the High Court’s Body Blow to Labor

By on Jul 26, 2018
Posted In Employment, Labor

Kevin Connelly said unions will face an adjustment period as they seek to implement more creative methods of trying to retain dues-paying members. “I wouldn’t underestimate the unions. If someone wants to say this is the end of the day for public-sector unions—nope, not true,” he said. “There will be consequences, but I think the...

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Dynamex: Stricter Definition of Independent Contractors Brings New Challenges for California Employers

By and on Jun 19, 2018
Posted In Employment

Ron Holland, Ellen Bronchetti and Kevin Connelly presented on challenges California employers face in light of a stricter definition for independent contractors. They discuss the Dynamex presumption which places the burden on the hiring entity to establish that the worker is an independent contractor who was not intended to be included within the wage order’s...

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