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Arrez, et al. v. Kelly Services, Inc.

Case Conclusion Date: 10.08.2009

Practice Area: Employment and labor

Outcome: Case Settled on Class-Wide Basis, $11,000,000.

Description: This case was certified as a class action under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. The lawsuit alleged Kelly Services maintained an illegal vacation pay policy. Many companies, like Kelly Services, use vacation policies that result in the forfeiture of earned vacation pay upon the termination of employment. For example, some vacation policies state that if you are terminated “for cause,” you lose the vacation pay that you earned and accrued prior being fired. Other vacation policies require that you to work a certain amount of hours in the calendar year, and be employed on a certain date, in order to be entitled to your “vacation benefit.” These kinds of vacation policies may violate state law and result in an unlawful forfeiture of your earned vacation pay. That was the crux of the Kelly Services case. On behalf of all persons who had worked for Kelly Services for a 5 year period of time, we won a settlement that is believed to be the largest ever achieved for an Illinois only class action. The class size exceeded 95,000 persons. The settlement was $11,000,000. More information on vacation pay claims can be found at

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