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Unfair Treatment in Internship Programs: Protect Your Company

By | August 11th, 2016|Blog, Business Law, Compensation, Federal Law|

Today’s job market is less than ideal. While the pool of job candidates is large, companies struggle to find manpower to fit their budgets. The solution for many companies is internship programs. Internships are becoming a standard graduation requirement at many colleges and universities with benefits to both employer and student. According to Brian Burnsed, [...]

Chicago’s Ordinance Requires Incremental Raise

By | July 11th, 2016|Business Law, Illinois State Law, Small Business|

On December 2nd, 2014, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour.  Under this ordinance, the minimum wage will be increased annually to the $13 limit by July 1, 2019.  The incremental raises are scheduled for July 1 of each year since the ordinance was passed.  On [...]

US Department of Labor (DOL) announced new overtime regulations

By | July 11th, 2016|Blog, Business Law, Federal Law, Small Business, Uncategorized|

The US Department of Labor (DOL) announced new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Many workers who before were exempt from such overtime regulations will now become eligible to have their overtime pay.  Under the new regulations, any worker making $47,476 or less must be paid overtime for hours worked in excess [...]

Three Action Steps to Take to Mitigate Legal Risks This Year

By | January 8th, 2016|Blog, Business Law, Business Structure|

First of all, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy, and productive new year.  As 2016 quickly gets underway, I'm sure you've been thinking of ways to become more efficient and successful this year. Yet, this year promises to be challenging in many respects.  Many consumers will continue to struggle to get their [...]

Can You Be Fired for Social Media Comments or Blogging?

By | June 18th, 2015|Business Law, General|

In many instances, yes, you can be fired for social media comments or blogging! If you have a Facebook or Mypage, or like to comment on someone else’s blog post, be careful what you write.  If your employer finds that your post or comments are offensive, disparaging, or disclose proprietary business information, you may be [...]

Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act

By | April 28th, 2015|Business Law, Illinois State Law|

Timing of Employers’ Criminal Inquiries and Background Checks An Illinois legislature has recently adopted the Job Opportunities For Qualified Applicants Act (the “Job Opportunities Act”).  Effective January 1, 2015, the Job Opportunities Act prohibits certain employers from inquiring into or considering a job applicant’s criminal history or background prior to considering such applicant’s qualifications. The [...]

New Pregnancy Accommodation Act

By | March 6th, 2015|Blog, Business Law|

Last year, Governor Quinn signed into law a new Pregnancy Accommodation Act, or the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Amendments (the “Pregnancy Fairness Act”). Effective January 1, 2015, the Pregnancy Fairness Act states that Illinois employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women, during and after pregnancy.  The new law applies to full and part-time employees. [...]

Chicago Minimum Wage to Rise to $13 by 2019

By | February 6th, 2015|Business Law, Compensation|

While politicians in Springfield continue fighting over Illinois’ new minimum wage requirements, the Chicago’s City Council recently approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13.00 per hour by 2019. In an overwhelming 44 to 5 vote, the City Council’s members approved the following gradual increase in minimum wages payable to employees [...]

Ruling Confirms Limited Liability Companies Value as a Business Form

By | April 22nd, 2014|Business Law, Business Structure|

A recent ruling confirms Limited Liability Companies value as a business form. In a recent decision by the Illinois first District Appellate Court, it was affirmed that the sole member of a Limited Liability Company (“the LLC”) could not be held personally liable for fraud while acting as managing member of the LLC.  In Dass [...]

Illinois: Noncompetition Agreements Within 2 Years of Hire

By | October 28th, 2013|Blog, Business Law, Noncompetition, Small Business|

The recent Illinois Appellate Court case, Fifield and Enterprise Finance Group, Inc. v. Premier Dealer Services, Inc. 2013 IL App (1st) 120327, upheld an Illinois precedent stating that a “noncompetition agreement is not valid and enforceable if an employee is fired or resigns within two years.” Illinois companies can still require newly hired employees to [...]