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Macoupin County, IL Selects Hesse|Martone as Special Labor Counsel

Macoupin County, Illinois selected Hesse|Martone as special labor counsel to handle their labor matters covering six collective bargaining agreements with , ASFCME, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, the Policemens’ Benevolent Labor Committee, and the Teamsters. Rick Stewart, Managing Principal of HM’s Springfield, Illinois Office, will serve primary outside labor counsel.  You can learn more about Rick here or see him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

HesseMartone Congratulates Rich Perkins on his Retirement

HesseMartone is both excited and sad to announce the retirement of long-time employee, Rich Perkins. After more than 20 years in the business (the last 12 years with HesseMartone), Rich has decided to take down his law shingle and turn his attention to writing novels.

Andy Martone Presents to AGC of Missouri

On February 28, 2017, Andy Martone will speak before the Associated General Contractors of Missouri’s HR Forum Group in St. Louis, Missouri on the topic of “Changes in Missouri’s Labor Law”. You can find the AGC of Missouri online here.

Andy Martone Presents at AGC of Missouri Annual Convention

On February 22, 2017, HesseMartone Partner Andy Martone spoke before the Associated General Contractors of Missouri at the Annual Convention in Branson, Missouri. Andy spoke on various topics, including Missouri’s Right-to-Work law, state and federal prevailing wage updates and hot topics with regard to Pension Funds.

A copy of his presentation can be found here.

An Employers’ Quick Guide to a “Day Without Immigrants”

Workers advocacy groups have called for a national “Day Without Immigrants,” encouraging immigrant employees to skip their work day or walk out on their shifts as a broad-based protest to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Advocacy groups supporting the walk out have encouraged employees to walk out on Friday, February 17. How should employers’ respond to unscheduled absent employees tomorrow?

It is important for employers to keep the National Labor Relations Act regulations at the forefront of their planning. If an employee’s absence is based on a broad based, governmental action, it is unlikely that the employee’s action is protected. If an employee’s absence is a protest of his/her specific working conditions and/or the business situation of the employee is largely dependent on employing immigrants in some way, then it would be more likely that the National Labor Relations Act would protect the employee’s actions. Overall, employers should carefully and consistently apply their attendance policies, with a careful eye on the NLRA protections offered employees. Union organized businesses should, as well, consult their collective bargaining agreements for no strike/no protest language that will guide actions. Finally, as this area is fact and situational specific, we encourage employers to discuss these labor questions with their labor relations/employment counsel. For more information or assistance with questions, please contact Ashlie Kuehn at ashliekuehn@hessemartone.com.

Andy Martone Presents at IRTBA Annual Convention

On February 14, 2017, HesseMartone Partner Andy Martone will speak before the IRTBA at their Annual Convention on various topics, including Illinois Prevailing Wage Survey Worker Update and withdrawal liability.

A copy of his presentation can be found here.

Missouri Gov. Greitens Signs Right-To-Work Into Law

Missouri Governor Greitens signed Missouri Senate Bill 19 into law today, making Missouri the 28th Right-To-Work state. The full legislation can be viewed here.

HesseMartone Goes Wonderful World of Disney for USO of Missouri

HesseMartone attorneys and staff attended EPIC’s Sixth Annual Disney-themed trivia night, benefitting the USO of Missouri. The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. HesseMartone has been proud to represent EPIC Systems, Inc. on its labor and employment legal needs since 2007.

The Firm’s table received the award for best dressed/decorated and tied for 5th place!

Will Buchanan Joins HM St. Louis Office

Illinois Attorney General Seeks to Halt Illinois Employee Pay

A copy of the Motion to Present Additional Authority and to Dissolve Preliminary Injunction filed by Lisa Madigan’s Office can be found here.