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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 ...

Supreme Court Rules Improper Motive Good Enough for First Amendment Violation

By Carlos Arévalo -  SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com “The First Amendment generally prohibits government officials from dismissing or demoting an employee because of the employee’s engagement in constitutionally protected activity…In this case a government official believed, but incorrectly believed, that the employee had supported a particular candidate for mayor.” So begins Justice Stephen Breyer’s de ...

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The Waiting Begins: Will Your H-1B Case Be Selected in the Lottery This Year?

By Jacqueline Lentini McCullough – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2016, that it received significantly more H-1B petitions than allowed under the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, ...

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What Should a Company Do if it is Hit with an IRS SS-8 Request?

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 Out of the blue, a company may receive a sudden, unwelcome (and frankly upsetting) letter in the mail from the IRS SS-8 Unit (asking the company to fill out an SS-8 form). The SS-8 Form is entitled “D ...

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DOL Issues Controversial Union Persuader Rule Impacting Reporting Requirements for Companies and Their Attorneys

By Michael Wong - SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the “Persuader Rule” which has been hotly debated and protested by employers and attorneys. First proposed in 2011, the Persuader Rule amends the federal Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to require employers and labor relation consultants (including attorneys) to submit detailed reports including the t ...

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New EEOC Lawsuits Are A Reminder To Ensure Anti-Discrimination Policies Apply To Sexual Orientation

By Steven Jados – SmithAmundsen – www.salawus.com On March 1, 2016, the EEOC announced that it had filed its first two sex discrimination lawsuits based on sexual orientation.  One of these cases, filed in the federal district court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is based on allegations that a gay male employee was subject to anti-gay epithets and other offensive comments about his sexuality and ...

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Special Group Release Agreements May Be Needed for Employees 40 Years of Age Or Older!

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 of our clients decide to fire one or some of their employees from time to time and then offer severance (usually money) to the departing employees in exchange for the employees signing a release ...

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New Case Underscores Need for Employers to Act Promptly To Enforce Restrictive Covenants

By Jeff Glass – SmithAmundsen- www.salawus.com Readers of this blog know that we counsel our employer clients to immediately investigate the facts as soon as an employee who is subject to a restrictive covenant engages in conduct that might violate it. This is because the right to obtain an emergency injunction blocking any prohibited conduct can depend on the promptness of the employer’s efforts at enforce ...

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Chicago Police to Pay $3.1 Million to Settle Hiring Bias Claim Brought by Department of Justice Based on Applicant Background Check Requirements

By Jamie Kauther – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com Unless you’ve been avoiding the national news the last several months, you already know the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has been in the cross hairs of the Department of Justice for alleged civil rights violations. Just this past Friday, February 5, 2016, the Department made a new civil rights claim against the CPD based on employment discrimination. ...

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