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The Illinois Invest in Kids Act and Scholarship Granting Organizations

On August 31, 2017, the Illinois Invest in Kids Act (“Act”) was signed into law. The Act provides an Illinois state tax credit of 75% of the amount of donations made to pay for tuition at private elementary and secondary schools in Illinois. The Act requires that these donations be directed to these schools through […]

The NLRA’s Impact on Private Employers

Christine Dadourian

On November 8, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Vermont attorney Peter Robb as the next General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board.  The General Counsel effectively serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the NLRB, and his appointment may lead to changes in how the NLRB interprets the National Labor Relations Act as […]

Anticipated Supreme Court Opinions Will Have Impact on Employers

During the Fall 2017 Term, the United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on a variety of issues, including cases involving the definition of an exempt employee under the FLSA, an employer’s ability to avoid litigation over wage and hour matters through the use of employment agreements, and the scope of authority of government […]

National Pro Bono Celebration October 22-28, 2017

Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon

In Celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Kopon Airdo, LLC recognized Lynn S. Kopon, who was successful in obtaining asylum status for her pro bono clients, Karen H. and Victor P., before the Immigration Court of the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Chicago, in June 2017. Lynn successfully argued and presented evidence […]

IADC Explores Critical Privacy and Data Protection Legal Issues in October 2017 Defense Counsel Journal

Understanding the legal challenges impacted by privacy in today’s age of widespread surveillance, artificial intelligence, electronic records and other technologies is a critical mission of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). As part of its ongoing commitment to legal education, the IADC has dedicated the October 2017 edition of its Defense Counsel Journal (DCJ) […]

Nursing Home Litigation Manual

By Mollie E. Werwas, Mark J. Kimzey, and Sean D. Hurley Nursing homes provide a valuable service for some of the most care-dependent individuals in our society.  And yet, nursing homes and long-term care facilities face a myriad of challenges in the current legal environment.  Facilities are called upon to care for an increasing number […]

Complimentary Webinar: Nursing Home Best Practices for Charting, Care Plans, and Incident Reports

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Kopon Airdo, LLC  presented our Complimentary Webinar, Nursing Home Best Practices for Charting, Care Plans, and Incident Reports.  While nursing home documents should be the key to a winning defense, too often, they end up being used against the facility when a lawsuit is filed.  Errors in documentation can sabotage […]

Seventh Circuit Ruling on Leaves of Absence as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Maureen Murphy

On September 20, 2017, the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, interpreting the “reasonable accommodation” requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, held that the  Act does not require employers to provide employees with a long-term leave of absence that exceeds the leave time granted to employees by the Family Medical Leave Act and the […]

Department of Labor Overtime Rule Invalidated

Maureen Murphy

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the DOL Overtime Rule previously announced on May 18, 2016.  The Overtime Rule, which was to take effect on December 1, 2016, required employees to earn at least $913/week or $47,476/year in order to be considered an exempt […]

Complimentary Webinar: The National Labor Relations Act and You

Maureen Murphy

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017,  Kopon Airdo, LLC hosted our Complimentary Webinar, The National Labor Relations Act and You: How the NLRA Applies to Non-Union Organizations. Maureen Murphy discussed the law surrounding the National Labor Relations Act and addressed the following topics: An overview of the National Labor Relations Act The role of the National […]