Illinois’ “Child Bereavement Leave Act”
By: Lizbeth V. West
On July 29, 2016, the Illinois General Assembly adopted SB 2613 – the Child Bereavement Leave Act (“Act”) which provides eligible employees with the right to take bereavement leave for the death of a child. The law went into effect immediately.
Covered Employers. The Act defines covered employers the same way the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) defines employers. Therefore, a covered employer is one that is engaged in commerce or any industry affecting commerce,
NLRB Revises Back Pay Formula
In a 3-1 ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently revised its back pay formula and radically departed from its traditional remedy for compensating employees who have been unlawfully terminated. The Board’s ruling now supports employees’ rights to recover search-for-work and interim employment expenses, regardless of whether the employees have interim earnings and regardless of the amount in question.
The case involved King Soopers, Inc. who employed the complainant who was a barista at a Starbucks kiosk in a King Soopers grocery store located in Denver,
Animation Software Patent Survives Alice Scrutiny
By Audrey A. Millemann
The application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347. (2014) has made it almost impossible to patent software. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is increasingly rejecting patent applications for software under the Alice test on the grounds that the software is an abstract idea, and the district courts are invalidating software patents on the same grounds.