The Employee Background Fairness Act

By |2023-07-13T10:48:23-05:00July 14th, 2023|Blog, Business Law, Employment Law, General, Hiring Practices, Illinois State Law, Small Business|

Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, recently signed the Employee Background Fairness Act into law, bringing significant changes to the hiring practices of employers in the state under the Illinois Human Rights Act. This law aims to ensure fairness in the employment process by prohibiting employers from disqualifying job applicants based solely on their conviction records, [...]

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Updates to Overtime Pay Employers Should Know

By |2023-06-20T15:53:08-05:00June 30th, 2023|Blog, Business Law, Business Structure, Employment Law, Federal Law, Hiring Practices, Small Business|

There have been updates to overtime pay that employers should know based on a recent case ruling that has implications for employers and high-earning individuals. On February 22, 2023, the United States Supreme Court made a significant ruling, stating that employees earning over $200,000 annually are entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards [...]

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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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Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable In The IT Staffing Industry?

By |2021-01-28T21:10:01-06:00October 21st, 2016|Blog, Business Law, Hiring Practices, Illinois State Law|

Business owners often want their employment contracts to contain the most restrictive covenants.  Yet, overzealous restrictive covenants may backfire if deemed overly restrictive, unreasonable, and going further than necessary to protect the “legitimate business interests,” which is an elusive concept. A restrictive covenant is a type of contractual arrangement.  It is a clause in an [...]

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Goodbye is Never Easy… 6 Must Know Tips for Firing an Employee

By |2021-01-28T21:10:00-06:00August 11th, 2016|Blog, Business Law, Compensation, Hiring Practices|

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re a business owner or a manager of a business, firing an employee can be tough. Follow the following six tips to make it easier for everyone to break-up the relationship and reduce the risk of wrongful termination or unfair treatment claims. Tip 1: Before firing an employee Give them [...]

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The EEOC Increases Fines for Posting Violations

By |2021-01-28T20:52:25-06:00May 22nd, 2014|Blog, Hiring Practices|

The EEOC increases fines for posting violations. New regulations more than doubled the fines for employers who fail to comply with notice posting requirements.  Each violation now carries a $210 fine, up from $100.  The EEOC requires private employers, as well as the state and local governments employing 15 or more individuals. Post notices including [...]

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Job Interview Questions to Avoid

By |2021-01-28T20:58:17-06:00August 23rd, 2011|Blog, Hiring Practices|

There aren’t many recent cases challenging companies’ hiring practices.  This is primarily due to the secluded nature of the job interviews and the associated difficulties with proving such practices.  However, if inappropriate interview questions are persistent and asked of multiple job applicants, an employer may find itself in a costly legal action, defending against the [...]

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