P. Kevin Connelly
By Jean Edmonds, P. Kevin Connelly and Joseph K. Mulherin 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.
Hurry Up and Wait: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of New Worker Classification Regulations
By P. Kevin Connelly and McDermott Will & Emery 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...
By Barrick Bollman and P. Kevin Connelly 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...
By Brian Mead and P. Kevin Connelly 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.
By Diane Morgenthaler, Evan A. Belosa and P. Kevin Connelly 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...
By Ali N. Wright, P. Kevin Connelly and Samantha Souza 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.
By P. Kevin Connelly 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...
Dynamex: Stricter Definition of Independent Contractors Brings New Challenges for California Employers
By P. Kevin Connelly and McDermott Will & Emery 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...