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Don’t ignore unemployment claims

Don’t ignore unemployment claims

By David Prosnitz, Personnel Planners The Department of Labor reports that approximately half of all employers fail to reply to the unemployment claims they receive.  By not contes ...

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Comply With Existing Laws?

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Comply With Existing Laws?

By Allison Sues – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com The National Business Group on Health’s Eighth Annual Survey on Corporate Health recently revealed the growing prevalence of w ...

Cook County Final Earned Sick Leave Rules

Cook County Final Earned Sick Leave Rules

By Noah A. Frank and Sara Zorich – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com With the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date around the corner, the Cook Co ...

A Hint of Change:  NLRB Allows Employer to Defend Blanket Prohibition on Use of Cameras/Video Recording Devices

A Hint of Change: NLRB Allows Employer to Defend Blanket Prohibition on Use of Cameras/Video Recording Devices

By Beverly Alfon – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com Recently, there has been much discussion about the composition of the five-member board in Washington, D.C., including Presid ...

Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

By Jennifer Adams Murphy, Wessels Sherman Fear, emotionally charged perspectives on the Trump administration's immigration policy and deeply embedded religious views are all topics ...

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

By Beverly Alfon – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   When a change of ownership occurs for a business that employs individuals who are represented by an incumbent union, t ...

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Employers May Perform Standardized Safety Testing

Margherita’s job required him to load and unload aircrafts, efficient movement of heavyweight freight from aircrafts and ensuring safe, efficient buildup and breakdown of pallets. Margherita was hearing impaired and had a speech impairment known to FedEx. During Plaintiff’s employment, FedEx conducted annual audio metric hearing tests of Plaintiff and his coworkers. In 2005, Margherita’s managers raised saf ...

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A TROUBLING PROGNOSIS:

By: Brandon Anderson – SmithAmundsen LLC (www.salawus.com) On October 18, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a U.S. District Court’s decision to grant an employer-defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a case involving alleged discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  The case, Schaffer v. American Medical Associatio ...

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Employers Can “Combat” The New NLRB Notice

By Heather Bailey – SmithAmundsen LLC On August 25, 2011, we brought you the special alert that employers will have to begin posting the new National Labor Relations Board’s Employee Rights Notice, effective November 14, 2011. Please note that on October 5, 2011, the Board announced the effective date of compliance will now be January 31, 2012, to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, espe ...

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NLRB And Social Media Update: Where Do We Stand…For Now?

It is well known that employers have been struggling with how the National Labor Relations Board’s traditional principles for determining whether employees are engaged in “protected, concerted activity” apply to employees’ social networking activities and their employers’ social networking policies. Last month, the NLRB Acting General Counsel issued a report presenting summaries of recent case developments ...

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Unemployment Insurance Negotiations Continue

The Illinois Chamber will soon be offering the Council’s Unemployment Insurance Committee's legislative proposals to address fraud and eligibility. The US Department of Labor released data indicating that Illinois had overpaid approximately $1.2 billion in benefits the past three years ending June 30, 2011. Illinois ranked 3rd highest in total of improper paid benefits and 16th highest in terms of its perce ...

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UI Negotiations Kick-off

The Illinois Chamber joined with other business groups earlier this month meeting with representatives of organized labor, lawmakers, and the Governor’s office to begin negotiations on unemployment insurance. Illinois faces a nearly $2.5 billion deficit in its Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund at the end of this calendar year. Having failed to pay off our debt to the federal government has triggered by the ...

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