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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 ...

Just a hint of smart grid toys coming to a store near you

This week in Springfield, the Illinois Legislature overrode Governor Quinn's veto and approved a new age in utility regulation and smart grid development in Illinois. There will be continued debate on whether the new regulatory structure works better for the utility or the consumers, but there should be much less debate on the benefits of smart grid infrastructure -- especially once it comes to a neighborho ...

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Has China won the alternative energy manufacturing war? No!

Let's face it.  China has many things going for it.  They own our national debt.  They can manufacture things cheaply. They have 1.3 billion people (remember this, if you're "one-in-a-million" in China -- there are 1,300 of you!). However, the National Journal's energy blog question of the week is about whether China has already won the battle to be the leading manufacturer of wind and solar technology. Rea ...

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Thar’s oil in dem thar hills of North Dakota?

Do you remember where North Dakota is?  You might want to.... A quick blog post today that will make you smarter in general and perhaps better at future trivia games. 1) Texas is the #1 oil producing state in the country, followed by Alaska and California. 2) Look out!  North Dakota is #4 and according to U.S. government officials it is expected to overtake California as the #3 oil producing state in the co ...

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Eastern Illinois University adds Biomass 101

Tom Wolf stands in the pile of wood chips that will power EIU's biomass plant.   How much wood (or stover or corn cobs) would a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? That tongue twister could now be applied to the world of energy as wood chips now fuel a campus in Illinois! Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois recently conducted the grand opening ceremony of its brand new (an ...

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Connecting The Energy Efficiency Dots

  Can you connect the dots to energy savings? Today is a day where we connect the dots between the obvious and the opportunity.   Thing One = Obvious     Thing Two = Opportunity The obvious is every company should be looking at ways to become more enegy efficient.  It saves money in the long term (and sometimes the short term, too!) and can keep a company competitive.  The opportunity is to become ...

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One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole (Solar) Bunch

  Words of Wisdon from The Osmond Brothers (and Marie)? Part of the news cycle in recent days has been focused on Solyndra, a California solar company that went bankrupt.  It turns out that the company received more than $500 million in government-backed loan guarantees and a visit from President Obama. When something bad like this happens, people generally respond in one of two ways: reaction and over ...

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I looooooove Trash!

  Oscar the Grouch loves trash....and we might as well. Yes, I Loooooooove traaaaash! When Oscar the Grouch sang this infamous ditty on Sesame Street oh so many years ago, little did he know that people might soon be joining him in harmony.  Why? Because trash is being turned into energy! I'm not talking about capturing methane from landfills.  I'm not talking about incinerating garbage. I'm talking ab ...

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The great debate — envirnoment vs. jobs

Great Debates in World History               Lincoln v. Douglas   Cats v. Dogs   Ginger v. MaryAnn     Environment v. Jobs Whenever someone mentions the word "debate" in Illinois, images of the Douglas-Lincoln debates can't be far behind.  History has painted the series of events between the two candidates as THE example of how debates should be structured.  Great minds facing off, using facts (not sou ...

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