2021 Legal Update


March 09, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Employers in Illinois are facing a time of unprecedented change, nearly all of it unfavorable. A flurry of new employment laws came out of both Washington and Springfield in the last several months, increasing compliance challenges and lawsuit risks, and there are likely more to come soon. For help navigating this maze, join us for an evening with Neil H. Dishman, our Legislative Director and a lawyer at Jackson Lewis P.C. who focuses on helping employers prevent and resolve disputes with employees. Neil will share practical tips for how best to comply with all of the new laws (and a few not-so-new ones), including:
  • The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act
  • The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act
  • The changes to the salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The numerous amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act, including the requirement the employers provide sexual-harassment-prevention training
  • Amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act
  • Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act
  • The expense-reimbursement provisions of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • Chicago’s new “Fair Workweek” Ordinance

Neil will also discuss expected new employment legislation that may be passed in the year to come.

Announcements - 8:00AM
Program Begins - 8:15AM
Program Concludes: 9:30AM


Neil H. Dishman, Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C.

Neil H. Dishman is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His business is helping employers prevent and resolve disputes with their employees. Mr. Dishman helps employers reduce risk and minimize legal costs by giving advice on difficult personnel decisions before litigation ensues. When litigation is unavoidable, he helps employers protect their assets and reputations by vigorously and efficiently defending them from employee lawsuits. Mr. Dishman counsels and defends employers on a wide spectrum of issues, including race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability and sexual-orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliatory discharge; Family and Medical Leave; and wage-hour compliance. He assists employers in a wide variety of industries, with particular experience in the real-estate, non-profit, manufacturing, and health-care fields. Mr. Dishman has jury-trial experience and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Dishman has garnered the accolades of his peers for his work in advising and defending employers, including the following peer-reviewed awards: He has been named to the list of "Up and Comers" in the Human Resource Executive magazine's annual issue on "The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America," in every year from 2016 to the present. He is one of only 40 lawyers nationwide to receive this honor, and one of only five lawyers in the Chicago area on the list. He has been named to the annual list of “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction accorded to no more than 2.5% of Illinois lawyers, in every year from 2009 to the present. He has also been named to the "Best Lawyers in America" list in every year from 2013 to the present. He was also named an "Emerging Lawyer" by the Leading Lawyers publication in 2017, an honor received by no more than 2% of Illinois lawyers. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger B. Cosbey, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Dishman is a member of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he is active in the Employment Law Committee. He resides with his wife, two daughters, and son in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he is an active member of the community, including his service on the board of directors of the Human Resources Association of Greater Oak Brook, as Legislative Director. Outside of the law and his family, his passions are playing basketball, backpacking through our national forests, and mastering the art of “low and slow” barbecue cooking.

This program is approved for 1.5 PDCs through SHRM and 1.5 PDCs (HR General Credit) through HRCI. 

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$15.00 Non-Member Ticket