Areas of Practice
Ashley Orler helps businesses navigate employment issues to bring the best out of their workforce.
Clients turn to Ashley for her innovative and pragmatic approach to employment counseling. On a daily basis, she fields questions from clients across industries on issues such as:
- Drafting and conveying practical guidance on policies and procedures, employee handbooks and employment contracts
- Leave questions including those relating to FMLA, PTO and disability
- Onboarding and terminating employees
- Proper classification of employees
- Wage and hour issues
- Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training
She regularly assists clients with the prosecution and defense of all types of employment litigation including wage and hour disputes, discrimination, retaliation, Equal Pay Act and breach of employment agreements, including restrictive covenants.
Ashley believes in establishing long term relationships to fully understand her client’s business goals as well as their culture. This insight allows her to seamlessly partner with clients to provide strategic, practical employment advice and options, ensuring their ultimate goals are met.
Prior to joining the firm, Ashley served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Kathleen M. Pantle at the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys visiting new restaurants in Chicago and spending time at the city’s dog parks with her chihuahua Arlo.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2008
Honors at Entrance Three-Year Scholarship
Executive Board Member and Symposium Editor for the International Law Review
University of Michigan, B.A., 2005
Double Majors in Political Science and History
American Bar Association, Member, 2008 – present
Federal Bar Association, Member, 2011 – present
Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2008 – present
Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2008 – present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
HONORS & AWARDS
Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers, 2017 – 2020
Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012, 2018
Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Member, 2015
Trusted Advisors Council, Member, 2019 – present
LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS FROM Ashley L. Orler
December 28, 2021 News Employment Alerts
On December 17, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lifted the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS requires covered employers to develop, administer and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy or mandate employees to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and requires employees wear face coverings when indoors.Read More
November 19, 2021 News Employment Alerts
On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (the “ETS”), requiring certain employers to develop, administer and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy or mandate employees to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and to wear face coverings when indoors.Read More
November 1, 2021 News Employment Alerts
Historically, domestic workers have been excluded from protection under state and federal law. Over the past few years, the federal government, Illinois and many other states and cities have sought to change that.Read More
October 20, 2021 News Employment Alerts
October 20, 2021 EventsGCT EMPLOYMENT LAW GROUP WEBINAR: ILLINOIS NON-COMPETITION AND NON-SOLICITATION AGREEMENTS – WHAT EVERY EMPLOYER MUST KNOW
On August 13, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed into law amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which impose significant restrictions on non-competition and non-solicitation employment agreements starting January 1, 2022.Read More
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