Re-opening the Doors in Illinois: Return to Workplace Considerations


Presenters: William Tarnow, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg

                    Jason Kim, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg

View live: June 25, 2020, 2 p.m. CT (available for on-demand viewing through June 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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As Illinois begins to re-open its economy, employers have the challenging task of navigating the “return-to-workplace” guidance published by the CDC, OSHA and the EEOC. Please join Neal Gerber Eisenberg Labor & Employment partners William Tarnow and Jason Kim as they discuss the best practices and considerations for Illinois employers when devising their return to workplace plans. 

About the Presenters: William Tarnow is Partner at Neal Gerber Eisenberg. He is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a litigator who manages employment-related disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, and he also serves as a strategic partner to companies and executives concerning the broad spectrum of critical business and employment matters that impact their operations.
Bill’s litigation practice encompasses the full spectrum of employment matters. He litigates and advises clients daily on noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract matters. He also has deep experience counseling on, investigating, and litigating all manner of complaints and claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation regulated by federal and state counterpart statutes such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Bill also advises clients on compensation issues, and defends class action cases across the country involving wage & hour and overtime pay claims regulated by state and federal laws.
Clients benefit every day from Bill’s ability to deliver much more than exceptional litigation management and daily counsel in employment matters – he’s also the clients’ trusted general business advisor and the leader of a team of attorneys charged with ensuring clients have effective strategies in place for every facet of their operations.

In addition to serving clients, Bill regularly publishes articles and provides presentations and training on a variety of workplace considerations and strategies, both to individual employers and at conferences, to address employment matters impacting their businesses. He also appears on television and is quoted in print media as a thought leader to provide his views on trending employment issues.

Jason Kim is a litigator and strategic counselor in all aspects of labor and employment law. He litigates unfair labor practices before the NLRB, arbitrates labor grievances, negotiates and administers collective bargaining agreements, and develops long-term labor strategies to maximize the value and effectiveness of each client’s workforce.

He also litigates and provides daily counsel on matters arising out of the numerous federal and state counterpart statutes governing employers, including FLSA, Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has extensive experience defending collective and class action wage and hour disputes and conducting wage and hour audits to proactively identify and minimize potential sources of liability.

Jason’s ability to learn the complex layers of each client’s business, build enduring relationships and effectively communicate complicated legal and business concepts helps enable clients to overcome the numerous ongoing labor and employment challenges they face. His clients include health care entities such as nursing homes, senior care facilities, in-home care providers and assisted living centers, as well as manufacturing clients, retail distributors, and meat processing facilities with facilities around the country.

Before joining the firm, Jason served as an occupational safety and health officer for the Illinois Department of Labor. He also served as an environmental policy analyst for the government of the Republic of Korea, and as advisor to the Minister of Environment at the Third Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. He teaches classes on ADA, FMLA, FLSA and successfully managing the union relationship at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in an adjunct capacity.

Jason is a member of the Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act of the ABA and a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Jason regularly takes advantage of opportunities to serve the Chicago community. He is a former board member and currently serves on the emeritus board of Chicago Cares, a public and community service organization that works to build stronger communities in Chicago through volunteerism. He previously served as president of the board of directors of Korean American Community Services (KACS), the oldest not-for-profit community social service organization in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of the Korean American community. Jason also is an advisory board member of the Korean American Bar Association, having previously served as its treasurer, and a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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