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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 future of renewable energy…bright or cloudy?

Sunny days are ahead for renewable energy as part of a diversified supply.  At least we should hope so! The point-counterpoint on the present and future prospects for renewable energy usually glosses over some important realities.  After all, no energy is perfect.  Some are expensive.  Others have an environmental footprint that some people find too big -- the list goes on.  And at this point wind, solar an ...

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash it’s a natural gas fuel truck!

I was visiting the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois yesterday and saw Ozinga cement trucks in line to fuel up with compressed natural gas (CNG) provided by Clean Energy Fuels. As GTI, Ozinga and Clean Energy Fuels are all members of the Illinois Chamber's Energy Council, you think that would be the reason for this blog post. Actually, the reason is a reminder that more and more fleets ...

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GE/Invenergy team up on new wind/battery energy generation: Brilliant!

For those lucky folks who follow my blog, you know of my penchant for optimism and my distaste for policy discussions that assume all technologies will remain the same as they are today.  Oh, and I like beer. In that light (not to be confused with crappy Lite Beer), I've got a good example of how energy companies are working on making wind energy more efficient and more compatible to our consumer needs. It' ...

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Keystone Pipeline decision is akin to Lincoln freeing slaves?

Yes, you read the headline right.  Some environmental, left and Obama donor interests are implying the following (according to this article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek): "Others close to the president, including longtime Democratic Party donors, have organized a campaign to fight the pipeline. In recent weeks, they’ve begun confronting Obama at every fundraiser he’s attended across the country. Last month, th ...

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GE enters the fracking portfolio — in a billion ways.

GE (the company formally known as General Electric) announced yesterday that it's investing more than one billion dollars in the high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing (fracking) portfolio. Though GE does not plan to get into the drilling and production of oil and gas per se, it is planning on providing products to the industry that will make the production "better." At this point "better" means mo ...

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Oil that is. Black Gold. North Dakota tea?

For those old folks like me who remember the classic sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," you will also recall the lyrics from the theme song (when sitcoms used to have theme songs!).  They call oil "bubbly crude....black gold...Texas tea." If you fast forwarded to today, Jed Clampett might be a North Dakota landowner who sold his leasing and mineral rights to a developer and made enough money to buy a big hou ...

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If you don’t sign a treaty, but still meet its goals, does it make a sound?

[caption id="attachment_2634" align="alignleft" width="72"] Aristotle (384-322 BC)[/caption] I'm going to end this week of bombings, explosions and other tragic news on a positive energy note: The United States has reached the carbon emission reduction goals laid out in the Kyoto Protocal...even though it never signed the treaty! Yes, you read that right.  According to the Energy Information Administration ...

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“Dumbo” electricity grid is beginning to fly!

[caption id="attachment_2605" align="alignleft" width="384"] ComEd engineers showcase the new digital "smart substation" on Chicago's South Side and detail what the new upgrades mean for them and their customers.[/caption] As head of the Illinois Chamber's Energy Council, I conduct or participate in many energy related tours.  Wind farms, solar farms, coal mines, nuclear plants, pipeline right of ways, refi ...

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