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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 ...

White smoke means we have a “fracking” bill in Springfield

With apologies to the Catholic Church's new Pontiff, the white smoke I saw this week came from the capitol in Springfield -- and it could end up changing the economic landscape of southeastern Illinois and help bring some much needed jobs and economic development (revenue) to Illinois. Why? Because the oil and gas industry, business leaders, most environmental groups, the AG's office, the Department of Reve ...

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Just approve the damn pipeline already!

With apologies to US gymnast McKayla Maroney, I just had to use her look of disappointment when I think about the on-going blather about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring additional oil from Canada and North Dakota into Oklahoma and Texas (and perhaps, beyond). Environment groups have used the proposed pipeline as a literal lightning rod for all that is wrong with oil, pipelines and oil fro ...

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Will Illinois pass gas…legislation?

After months of negotiations, legislators, representatives from the Attorney General's office, environmental groups and oil and gas producers are "very close" to agreeing to regulatory language that could provide the certainty for producers to come and see if the New Albany Shale play in SE Illinois can actually produce natural gas or oil. This article from Midwest Energy News provides some reasonable conte ...

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FutureGen 2.0 still has a heartbeat!

It's alive!  It's alive!!! That's the shout being heard from the US Department of Energy as they announced that the FutureGen 2.0 project in Meredosia, Illinois is moving forward to phase two. This is the link to the US DOE release. As you may remember, FutureGen has been years in the making.  It was originally set to be a new clean coal plant in Mattoon, Illinois with sequestration.  Now it's about rehabbi ...

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Do Google, Bechtel and Alstom know what they’re doing?

We've heard about the possibility of off-shore wind power on the Atlantic Coast for some time, but it's usually followed by a long litany of challenges (economic, political and environmental) that make it hard to do.  So far the challenges have been too big and there has been no successful off-shore wind project off the east coast. Could that be changing? This New York Times article showcases an announcemen ...

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Is “Promised Land” a bunch of hot air?

 Let's face it, Hollywood doesn't have a great track record when it comes to getting historical events protrayed acurately.  Movies that are based a true story often end up simply being stories we wish were true. Even stories based in historical events (i.e. Argo) are changed to make them more interesting to the movie-goer.  That's because in real life sometimes things are boring, plodding and annoying:  th ...

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Everything you wanted to know about EPA GHG regulations, but were afraid to ask!

Older readers of this blog don't need a reminder of how funny Woody Allen could be.  He directed a ton of classic movies including the hilarious 1972 comedy, Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask). Amy Harder, the environment and energy reporter at the National Journal is not a director nor a comedian, but she did write the article below spelling out in excellent clarity the real ...

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Don’t forget to get the energy to vote!

  No matter who you want to win.  Even if you don't particularly like your choices.  No matter how busy you are today. VOTE!   Here is a link to a CNBC recap of President Obama's and Governor Romney's energy policies. So look at your options.  Look at the issues that matter to you the most.  Then VOTE! In a democracy, you're either a participant or a victim.  Don't be a victim.   ...

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