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New Illinois Leave Laws to Take Effect

Retailers with employees in Illinois should be aware of four new leave laws that may require revisions to leave policies and procedures:

  • Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act: Effective January 1, 2017, this act requires Illinois employers to permit employees to use half of their accrued sick leave under an employer’s existing sick leave policy for absences related to the illness, injury, or medical appointment of certain family members.
  • Illinois Child Bereavement Leave Act: Effective July 29, 2016, this act requires Illinois employers covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow employees to take off up to ten work days per year as unpaid bereavement leave following the death of a child (or up to six weeks if the employee experiences the death of more than one child).
  • Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance:  Effective July 1, 2017, this ordinance allows workers in Chicago to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year.
  • Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance:  Effective July 1, 2017, this ordinance allows workers in Cook County to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year.

More information regarding each of these laws can be found by clicking here.

Data Breach Litigation Report: An Analysis of Federal Class Action Lawsuits Involving Data Security Breaches

Data security breaches – and data security breach litigation – dominated the headlines in 2015 and continue to do so in 2016.  While data breach litigation is an important topic for the general public, and remains one of the top concerns of general counsel, CEOs, and boards alike, there remains a great deal of misinformation reported by the media, the legal press, and law firms. At best this is due to a lack of knowledge and understanding concerning data breach litigation; at worst some reports border on sensationalism or fearmongering.

Bryan Cave LLP began its survey of data breach class action litigation four years ago to rectify the information gap and to provide clients, as well as the broader legal, forensic, insurance, and security communities, with reliable and accurate information concerning data breach litigation risk.  The 2016 report covers litigation initiated over a 15 month period from the fourth quarter of 2014 through the fourth quarter of 2015.  Key findings include:

  • There was a nearly 25% decline in the quantity of cases filed as compared to the 2015 Data Breach Litigation Report .
  • When multiple filings against single defendants are removed, there were only 21 unique defendants during the relevant period, indicating that plaintiffs’ attorneys are filing multiple cases against companies connected to the largest and most publicized breaches, and are not filing cases against the vast majority of other companies that experience data breaches.
  • Approximately 5% of publicly reported data breaches led to class action
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