Welcome, and best wishes to all of you for the New Year.
In our lead-off article, Greg McMahon discusses a recent district court decision that may well represent a turning point in the EEOC's use of "class" sexual harassment litigation, and in particular the threat of global punitive damages awards, as leverage for obtaining significant settlements.
Mike Agruss next examines several amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that became effective January 1. As Mike points out, the new provisions may change the face of Illinois employment discrimination litigation, since employees may now opt for jury trials in state court.
Peter Strelitz and Art Aviles follow with a recap of the employment-related cases and issues that the Supreme Court is addressing during the current term.
Finally, Chad Layton provides an overview of issues that employers frequently encounter during the hiring process, together with some helpful tips for navigating through the legal minefield.