Challenging Scenarios a Buy-Sell Agreement Prevents

By |2022-06-16T02:43:54-05:00April 22nd, 2022|Blog, Business Law, Business Structure, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Estate Planning, Small Business, Tips|

A buy-sell agreement prevents things from becoming complicated when a co-owner of a business leaves and shouldn’t only cover planned exits. There are many scenarios in which things can go south between owners or an emergency arises. Numerous disasters can arise on the back end of a business partner leaving the business. Here are a [...]

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Keep Your Remote Team Connected

By |2022-06-16T02:46:56-05:00April 15th, 2022|Blog, Business Law, Business Structure, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Hiring Practices, Small Business, Tips|

Working remotely has become the norm as we have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. While some employees are returning to the office as restrictions are lifting, others consider working remotely to be their new norm. If you are managing a remote team, you may be finding it's difficult to connect as the in person interactions [...]

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Protecting Your Business with a Buy-Sell Agreement

By |2022-03-02T21:51:36-06:00March 18th, 2022|Blog, Business Structure, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Estate Planning, Small Business, Tips|

If a business has multiple owners, eventually a change in ownership will need to happen. An owner will retire or move on for another reason. Don’t forget that emergencies can also happen. Changing ownership doesn’t need to be complicated. Planning ahead will help dispel disaster when the time comes for a transition. The plan [...]

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A Request for Leave of Two Months is “Too Much” to be Considered as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA in Illinois and Wisconsin.

By |2018-12-10T06:21:54-06:00December 10th, 2018|ADA, Blog, Employment Law|

In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals provided clear guidance that a request for leave of two months or more is “too much” to be considered as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA under any circumstances. Employers often deal with situations in which an employee is temporarily unable to work as [...]

Illinois Unemployment Insurance – Database Breach

By |2021-01-28T21:16:27-06:00June 25th, 2017|Blog, Employment Law, Unemployment|

Another day - another notice of a data breach.  This time, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (the “IDES”) database has been breached. It means that anyone who filed for Illinois unemployment insurance benefits prior to March 2017 is at risk of an identity theft. According to the notice of data breach, “a malicious third [...]

Protecting Main Street America-The Brokaw Act

By |2021-01-28T21:15:57-06:00January 5th, 2017|Blog, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

Hedge funds have been around for decades, but recently they have seen a sharp increase in popularity. This popularity is due, in part, to the Wall Street’s focus on the investors’ short-term benefits (or “short-termism”) and the lack of oversight over the hedge fund industry. Now, the question is whether the newly proposed Brokaw [...]

Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction for New Overtime Rule

By |2021-01-28T21:15:44-06:00December 9th, 2016|Blog, Employment Law|

Procrastinators won… at least this time! Less than two weeks before the new Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule was scheduled to go into effect, a Federal judge from Texas granted an emergency injunction putting the new overtime rule on hold indefinitely. The new overtime rule, impacting millions of workers nationwide, was set to [...]

Independent Contractors, Employment Gigs and Employment Laws

By |2021-08-10T14:15:03-05:00November 30th, 2016|Blog, Employment Law|

There’s no doubt that there is a rise in “gig employees” worldwide. The greater number of gig employees, also known as independent contractors or freelancers, is due, in large part, to the extensive accessibility of the Internet. The United States Government Accountability Office reports that 12.9% of the workforce in the United States were [...]

7 Tips to Handle Inappropriate Workplace Conversations

By |2021-01-28T21:10:02-06:00November 18th, 2016|Blog, Employment Law, Federal Law|

They said what??? If you’ve ever managed employees before, there’s no doubt you’ve wanted to scream this question out at least a few times. Inappropriate workplace conversations can be a tricky topic to handle. When people spend many hours at work together day after day, it’s almost a certainty that there will be inappropriate [...]

New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in Cook County

By |2022-10-05T14:04:02-05:00November 10th, 2016|Blog, Business Structure, Employment Law|

On October 5, 2016, Cook County, Illinois joined the growing list of jurisdictions across the country to pass a paid sick leave ordinance, following what’s becoming a popular trend across the country, not only in the Midwest, but nationwide.  Previously, the city of Chicago, located in Cook County, also passed a similar ordinance in [...]

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