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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 ...

What is going on between ComEd and the ICC?

For those of you wondering why the ComEd customers will have to wait for the benefits of Smart Grid modernization and smart meter deployment, this article by Julie Wernau at the Chicago Tribune does the best job that I've seen so far in trying to explain it to mere mortals like myself. Warning...you'd need to sign up for the digital subscription at the Tribune to get full access to this article.  Them's the ...

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Leucadia coal-to-gas plant not going to happen

This is good news.  Yes, good news.  I know I'm the head of the Energy Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce but this project had "white elephant" written all over it. Why? It made a product (synthetic natural gas) that we don't need at above market prices.  The proposed owners of the coal-to-gas plant was asking the Legislature to dictate that consumers buy the expensive product for a guaranteed 30 y ...

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Are there some fracking jobs in Illinois?

Many people don’t realize that southern Illinois is host to oil and gas development. Decades ago, Illinois was third in the nation when it came to oil production. Today, Illinois wells produce 26,000 barrels of oil per day. Sure, it’s not much (the U.S. consumes 19 million barrels per day), but they do provide some economic boost to the region and the state, especially when the price of crude oil hovers aro ...

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Turn on. Tune in. Drop off the Grid!

Today's blog post is courtesy of Loren Dinneen from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. As more and more municipalities around the country look for opportunities to cut costs, one Illinois city is leveraging innovation to reduce costs and become more sustainable. Downers Grove, IL., a suburb west of Chicago, became the first U.S. community to turn on hybrid lighting in a residential subdivision in March 2 ...

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Separating the wheat from the chaff in the energy world

One of the most difficult things to do at the Chamber's Energy Council is finding facts.  You know, real information from credible sources instead of innuendo, gossip, biased studies, anecdotes based on fear, etc. I share this with you because the cacophony of crapola is growing when it comes to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling -- two techniques responsible for the major increase ...

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LaSalle County — the nexus for energy!

It's good to be back after a break from blog updates.  Instead of lame pop-culture references from the 70s or 80s I thought I'd come back with a geography lesson, some pictures and access to a 30-minute You Tube video from the Illinois Channel. [caption id="attachment_2115" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kevin Borgia (Illinois Wind Energy Coalition) takes a picture of Kerri Witowski from Governor Quinn's of ...

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Israeli energy — Sun power in the desert

Last week I was in Israel learning about energy and culture as a guest of Project Interchange and the American Jewish Committee.  They invited me and seven other energy professionals from the U.S. to see how Israel is dealing with its energy issues and to learn about advances Israeli companies might be making in the world of energy. My first blog on the trip covered wave power, EVs and natural gas, today's ...

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Energy from a different perspective….an Israeli one.

Last week I was in Israel learning about energy and culture as a guest of Project Interchange and the American Jewish Committee.  They invited me and seven other energy professionals from the U.S. to see how Israel is dealing with its energy issues and to learn about advances Israeli companies might be making in the world of energy. I'm going to try and do three blog entries this week on my experiences.  He ...

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