Chicago Paid Leave & ADA Accommodations

What are the laws and requirements under Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave (PSL) act and best practices when implementing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Learn how small and mid-sized arts organizations, which may not have an HR office, should provide Chicago’s PSL and ADA accommodations. Labor and Employment Attorney Terese (Terri) Connolly from Barnes & Thornburg will lead this educational webinar and answer questions from attendees. The session will cover Chicago’s PSL and ADA accommodations, including both accommodations during the hiring process and modifications to the job or working environment for employees.


About the Speaker:

Terese (Terri) Connolly, Labor and Employment Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg

Terri is a standout in her field. She focuses on working in sync with her clients, in an effort to achieve a positive outcome, no matter the budget. Terri has played a crucial role in guiding both Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 companies through global employment audits that span 50 countries and multiple business lines. She has also been the go-to advisor for a major labor audit across all 50 states. Terri was also instrumental in helping a security service firm strategize and roll out non-compete and non-solicit agreements across almost every state in the US. Through her client engagements, Terri aims to provide creative solutions that push the industry forward.

Terri is a seasoned navigator in the turbulent sea of compliance, steering companies clear of high-stakes violations that can trigger million-dollar lawsuits. She's also a guru at tackling everyday issues, from leave laws and performance management to termination procedures and disability accommodations. It's her insightful advice and counsel that makes the difference.

Keeping her clients ahead of the curve is a top priority for Terri. She's an early-warning system, scanning the horizon to identify potential threats and opportunities before they even emerge. Beyond helping her clients stay compliant, she also equips them to excel in their business and supercharge their corporate roles.

In essence, with Terri in your corner, compliance becomes a strategic asset propelling a business towards its goals and driving individual success in every role.

Terri’s practice includes advising and counseling multinational companies; conducting enterprise risk assessments, compliance audits and internal investigations; and providing training for management and employees on employment law, leave laws, anti-discrimination and harassment, diversity, and domestic and international labor and employment law compliance.

She routinely advises on best practices involving hiring processes, employee discipline and dismissals, reductions in force and other expense-reduction measures, accommodations, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, employee privacy, drug testing and employee searches.  Additionally, Terri regularly represents companies in matters that arise under the ADA, ADEA, ERISA, FCRA, FCPA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, USERRA, WARN, and various state wage and hour, and discrimination laws.

Terri also helps clients with employee applications, offer letters, employment and executive contracts, handbooks and policies, as well as with at-will, non-compete, confidentiality and proprietary information, separation and release, secondment, key employee retention, and services agreements, along with other employment-related documents.

Further, Terri provides tailored guidance on domestic and cross-border labor and employment issues involved in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, outsourcing, and privacy transactions, as well as post-acquisition integration, global audits, and global codes of conduct.

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