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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 ...

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

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 ...

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

By Sean Darke, Shareholder, Wessels Sherman U.S. Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary threshold r ...

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

By Suzanne Newcomb – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com A Texas federal judge today, November 16, 2016, struck down the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial “Persuader Rule” f ...

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

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 ...

Who knows the reality of Obama’s GHG rules? Nobody…that’s who

OK, it's been about two weeks since the US EPA promulgated its draft of the new GHG emission rules.  Rules that might take hold two-four years from now (unless lawsuits delay it).  It's about 600 pages long with about 5,000 pages of notes so we all know what they mean now, right? Wrong! Here is an AP story that gives a pretty good rundown of the different opinions on the rules and the realities of those opi ...

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US EPA Says US GHG Emissions Down in 2012 — Why?

Readers of my blog know that I try to link today's energy headlines with some pithy, punny or otherwise lame pop-culture reference.  But you know what, I could think of anything creative when I saw that the United States EPA released its report on US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and found that: a) GHG emissions in 2012 are down 10% since 2005 b) GHG emissions in 2012 are down 3.4% from 2011. Why? (as in w ...

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Chamber Supports NAFTANEXT Conference

Later this month the NAFTANEXT Summit will be taking place in Chicago. The Infrastructure, Energy, and International Councils have been working with Jeff Agnew and Leslie Blakey, the organizers of the NAFTANEXT Summit to highlight Illinois' as the center of our nation's freight network and build awareness of this event. Below is a guest post by Jeff & Leslie discussing NAFTANEXT in more detail. Take a l ...

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The Energy Elephant in the Room

Readers of my blog know how the energy portfolio is diverse, complicated, maddening and incredibly proficient in delivering cost-competitive energy to people across the state. There are always things to keep an eye on but the "elephant in the room" is Exelon's continued information campaign on the economic realities of its nuclear fleet.  I don't think they know what's going to happen next, but they are wis ...

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It was a famous Illinois Senator, Everett Dirksen, who is given credit for the classic quote "a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money!"  Of course he meant it in the context of government spending. But I'd like to use it in the context of a study recently published showing that Illinois consumers (business and residential) have saved $37 billion in electricity costs sinc ...

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I-C-C! I-C-C! I-C-C!

After all the U-S-A! U-S-A! chanting the past few weeks (except after a tough loss by the women's hockey team yesterday), I've been sucked into the chanting spirit.  So I say "I-C-C! I-C-C" in recognition of the Illinois Commerce Commission's decision to approve Ameren's controversial transmission line the traverses southcentral Illinois.  (These days isn't "controversial transmission line" a redundant term ...

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Nuclear waste solution in the Land of Enchantment?

  I've always love the state flag of New Mexico.  Simple, understated, beautiful.  No seal.  No people. No tress, plants,or coat of arms.  A beautiful design for what is a beautiful state.  Well, the beautiful state of New Mexico is being considered as a site for our nuclear waste repository.  As this New York Time article reviews, the salt caverns near Carlsbad might be great place to store the waste ...

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They put the GREEN in Walgreen’s!

Men generally think about colors very simply.  The ivy at Wrigley Field is green.  Money is green.  Women generally think about shades of colors.   I've been married 19 years now so I've hear of light green, hunter green, etc. Walgreen's has decided to look at a bunch of shades of green as they announced the opening of its first net-zero energy retail storein Evanston, Illinois today.  Using energy efficien ...

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