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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 ...

IDES Audits of Illinois Trucking Companies: Issues to Consider

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Senior Attorney and Shareholder, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherman.com, www.wesselssherman.com Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) audits pop up suddenly! Your trucking company may get a phone call or letter out of the blue from an IDES auditor! IDES audits can arise due to an unemployment ...

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Before you Fire An Employee, Read This!

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@wesselssherman.com, www.wesselssherman.com Many clients call us AFTER they have fired an employee.   It is always a good idea to call an employment lawyer BEFORE you fire an employee.   An employment lawyer can help you to spot the risk factor ...

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POST-ACCIDENT DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: A VIOLATION OF OSHA???

Contributed by Jonathon Hoag – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   As we previously reported, the August 10, 2016 effective date for OSHA’s final electronic reporting rule is quickly approaching. The requirement to electronically submit data does not begin until 2017, but an important part of this rulemaking that goes into effect August 10, 2016 is the requirement for employers to implement a reasona ...

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NEW PROTECTION FOR YOUR TRADE SECRETS UNDER THE NEW FEDERAL “DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT”

Businesses often do not think about their trade secrets until an employee leaves and takes that information with them. Oftentimes, those employers, now faced with a dishonest employee waving good-bye with one hand and carrying trade secrets with the other, (perhaps a hard documents but more likely now a flash drive), do not have a non-compete/non-solicitation or non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”). Employers o ...

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City of Chicago Approves Paid Sick Time and Reminder… Chicago Minimum Wage Increases to $10.50 on July 1, 2016

By Sara Zorich and Mike Wong –SmithAmundsen LLC- www.salawus.com City of Chicago Approves Paid Sick Time On June 21, 2016, we posted a blog on the City of Chicago’s proposed ordinance mandating paid sick leave, including details about who it covers and how it could impact business owners.   On Wednesday, June 22nd, the full City council passed the ordinance. Effective July 1, 2017, part time and full t ...

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IDES AUDITS OF TRUCKING COMPANIES WHO USE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DRIVERS: HOW TO WIN

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@wesselssherman.com, www.wesselssherman.com Illinois trucking companies frequently call me to ask me how they can lower the risk of their independent contractor/owner-operators being reclassified to employee status upon audit by the Illinois De ...

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Odd Jobs and Independent Contractor Status Don’t Mix!

Food Delivery Drivers found to be Employees (not Independent Contractors) under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois,m (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherman.com, www.wesselssherman.com In the current climate, restaurants have to be especially cautious when classifying the ...

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U.S. DOL PUBLISHES FINAL OVERTIME RULE

By Jeff Risch and Sara Zorich – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com On May 18, 2016 the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its long awaited final rule increasing the minimum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Key Provisions of the Final Rule The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional w ...

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