Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Dec172014

NLRB Finalizes Ambush Election Rule Again

Today, the NLRB once again finalized its “Ambush Election” Rule, which will effectively shorten the time to 10-14 days in which a union election can be held. On the Board’s website they would have you believe these “improvements” to the election process are “modernizations” and “streamlining” processes, but when you read the fine print it is the same bad idea recycled. We are still scouring through the text, but in short the rule appears to be the same as the proposed rule from February. The final rule goes into effect on April 14, 2015 and includes a number of bad ideas including the following:

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Wednesday
Dec172014

Preparing for “Quickie Elections”

Complimentary webinar from IMA member Jackson Lewis … Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 11:00 am-12:00 noon CST

On December 12th, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited final rule governing the conduct of representation elections. The rule is intended to reduce the time between the filing of a representation petition and the election through procedural changes.

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Wednesday
Dec172014

NLRB Case Decision in Purple Communications regarding Employee Email Use

In the first of what is likely to be a flurry of important decisions and regulations being issued by the Board in the next two weeks, today the NLRB issued a decision on the Purple Communications, Inc. case deciding whether employees have the right to use work email for non-work related communications during nonworking time. The 3-2 decision overturns the 2007 Register Guard case, and holds that employees now may use email for union-related communications during nonworking time.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Illinois Tollway New Truck/Trailer Rates effective January 1, 2015

The Illinois Tollway reminds commercial truck drivers that rates for commercial vehicles will increase beginning January 1, 2015. The toll rate change will also apply to cars and trucks pulling two-axle and three-axle trailers. New rates will help rebuild, improve and expand the Illinois Tollway’s 286-mile system of toll roads to make travel easier and more efficient. New toll rates for cars took effect January 1, 2012. The Illinois Tollway’s truck rates will average 44 cents per mile in 2015 — still in the bottom half of all toll road agencies in the nation.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Illinois Employers — New Mandatory Postings Required by January 1, 2015

As of January 1, 2015, new notices to employees will be required by the Illinois Department of Human Rights as well as Illinois Department of Labor. These are the required posters addressing employee rights, classification, safety, workers compensation and unemployment, among others, that employers must hang conspicuously in the workplace. For a summary for the required postings, please click here