John Roache

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John Roache focuses his practice on employment law and class action litigation. He represents employers in numerous wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois wage statutes, including collective and class actions involving claims for off-the-clock work, employee misclassification, joint employer liability, misclassification of independent contractors, uniform maintenance, training, and entitlement to overtime.

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Avalanche of New Laws Create Additional Requirements for Illinois Employers

Illinois employers must be cognizant of new Illinois laws including bans on salary history inquiries, restrictions on artificial intelligence interview programs, mandatory sexual harassment prevention training, limitations on non-disclosure and arbitration provisions, increasing minimum wage, implications of the new cannabis law and, within the City of Chicago, predictive scheduling. Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) Effective January … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Holds That Collective and Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Unenforceable

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that collective and class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements with employees are unenforceable and violate the National Labor Relations Act. Reaching the opposite conclusion as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and siding with the NLRB, the Seventh Circuit also held that the Federal Arbitration Act does … Continue Reading

Representative Evidence May Or May Not Be Sufficient

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case holding that representative evidence can be used in class/collective actions to the same extent that it could be used in an individual action may not have the broad application hoped for by the plaintiff’s bar. In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, the Court held it permissible for the class … Continue Reading