Conversion Therapy Bans: Clashes of Faith and Conscience for Mental Health Providers

On August 20, 2015, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the “Youth Mental Health Protection Act”, the stated purpose of which is to "protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from sexual orientation change efforts [SOCE], also known as conversion therapy.”  The law, now codified at 405 ILCS 48/1, et seq. “Act”, provides that “[u]nder no circumstances shall a mental health provider engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18.” The fact that a provider may believe that such efforts are therapeutic, helpful to a patient, and otherwise good is of no legal consequence.

New Salary Threshold for White Collar Exemption

An estimated one-million-plus salaried American workers who are currently exempt from mandatory overtime pay will no longer be exempt under new regulations issued on September 24, 2019 by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The new rule, effective January 1, 2020, changes the minimum annual salary threshold that certain employees must earn to be exempt from mandatory overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The change represents the first update to the overtime pay rules in more than 15 years.