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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 ...

The German energy experiment: What can we learn from it?

This is my third and last blog in a series of random thoughts through my energy fact finding mission in Germany (and Brussels) As a reminder, I'm on this trip courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and their sponsor, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). KAS is a policy organization of Angela Merkel's political party this does policy outreach and forum's on the democratic process in various countries. ...

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Germany goes away from nuclear….why?

My travels in Europe continue as I'm now in Berlin learning about Germany's "Energiewende" program -- it's national push to move to renewable energies, lower carbon dioxide emission and, at the same time, move away from nuclear energy. For those of you how haven't seen yesterday's blog post, I'm on an energy fact finding mission courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and their sponsor, Konrad Ade ...

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Day 1: Energy Fact-Finding in Brussels, Berlin, and Leipzig

The Chicago Council's energy fact-finding mission to Brussels, Berlin, and Leipzig kicked off tonight with an opening dinner in Brussels. Our organizing question is, "What can we learn from Germany's bold Energiewende?" (energy transformation). The Energiewende initiative has been underway in earnest since 2010/2011, but its antecedents date back to the early 1970s and the Green Party's desire to get rid of ...

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Energy in Europe, same stuff different language(s)?

This week's blog will include a few posts about my current trip to Brussels and Germany to find out how the EU and specifically Germany are handling their electricity needs in a political environment that is demanding lower GHG emissions AND reasonable prices by consumers. I'm on an energy fact finding mission courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and their sponsor, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS ...

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Schneider Electric “Shedd’s” some light on Chicago aquarium

Schneider Electric Proudly Partners with Shedd Aquarium to bring solar power to the fish (and sea mammals!). Just when you thought penguins and solar panels weren’t spending enough time in the same vicinity, Schneider Electric and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium have announced a new partnership to meet smart energy goals.  As part of the partnership, Schneider Electric and Shedd unveiled this past week Illinois’ l ...

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Detente on hydraulic fracturing?

I first learned about the word "Detente" in the early 70s when Nixon and Brezhnev tried to cool down the Cold War.  Yesterday I was alerted to this piece from Pennsylvania that some of the most ardent anti-hydraulic fracturing leaders are beginning to see the light.  They are sitting down and working with the industry to improve and regulate natural gas and oil production instead of trying to shut it down. ...

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Energy myths come is all shapes and sizes

I was never a fan of Greek or Roman mythology.  Too many Gods to go around.  But myths of all kinds have existed since the dawn of time and too many of them are believed to be true.  This is especially true in the wonderful world of energy. Today I read a piece by Keith Johnson in the Wall Street Journal that gives a great perspective on six myths associated with renewable energy.  His piece covers both the ...

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WWNDD — What Would North Dakota Do?

No, I'm not advocating that we make wrist bands with WWNDD on them. However, The National Journal's weekly energy blog question asked what North Dakota's energy boom means for America.  Below is my response and here is the link to the other points of view. WWNDD -- What Would North Dakota Do? When you're asking what North Dakota can teach the rest of the world -- it can teach that no solution comes without ...

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