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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 [...]

Be Ready for IRS Collection Calls

By | January 13th, 2016|Blog, Tax Law, Uncategorized|

I used to tell to my friends and clients to hang up if they receive IRS collection calls.  Similarly, the IRS and law enforcement officials often issue warnings about phone scams involving tax collection, and each time they claim the same thing: "The IRS will never call you to demand payment. It sends letters by mail." [...]

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 [...]

Practical Tips on How to Find a Good Lawyer

By | August 13th, 2015|Blog|

Prospective clients often ask me how to find a good lawyer.  The simple answer is: find a qualified lawyer who loves to practice law.  It’s not easy, but it’s possible!  Lawyers who love practicing law will likely be happier and easier to work with, thus making your overall experience more valuable and less frustrating. Let’s face [...]

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. [...]

Attorney-Client Privileged Communications – Subject-Matter Waiver

By | February 6th, 2015|Blog|

Center Partners, Ltd. v. Growth Head GP, LLC, Nos. 113107 & 113128 Cons. , 1st Dist. This case presents an attorney-client privileged communication question as to whether a trial court properly required defendants to produce all attorney-client communications pertaining to negotiations for purchasing company under circumstances where defendants had acknowledged sharing among each other legal [...]

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 [...]