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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 ...

Don’t count out coal

After yesterday's announcement by Midwest Generation that they are going to close their two Chicago power plants a few years earlier than previously agreed to, environmental groups were giddy with excitement.  That's a bit understandable as they worked very hard to convince political leadership in Chicago that the plants had to go. However, the victorious groups seemed to go a bit far in their hyperbole abo ...

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Acronyms that will ruin America’s energy supply: NIMBY, BANANA, CAVE, NOPE

Everyone knows what NIMBY stands for (Not In My Back Yard).  The ubiquitous nature of the acronym in and of itself provides insight in one of the nation's biggest problems -- everyone wants the benefits of energy but no one wants the generation or transmission near them. BANANA -- Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything Well, I've got news for you all.  You can't have it both ways.  This op-ed by El ...

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Chamber, Business Groups Working to Keep Moore in the Chicago City Council

 The Illinois Chamber, joined by six other employer associations, has mounted an effort to dissuade the Illinois Senate from accepting the nomination of Chicago Alderman Joe Moore as Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  According to press reports and the Chamber’s roll call, the effort is working. Employers from many industries are alarmed at the prospect of Alderman Moore heading up o ...

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New Nuke Fission. News on Nuke Fusion. Confused?

At the risk of posting two blogs in one week on nuclear power, there were two great stories today that I thought were worth sharing: one about the present world of nuclear and one about possible future world of nuclear. Present The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seems ready to approve a new (fission) nuclear power plant.  If so, it would be the first new license since, gulp, 1978 (reminder, Jimmy Carte ...

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Nuclear waste storage update: No, we can’t ask Superman to solve the problem.

Don't you wish sometimes that superheroes were real?  If they were, we'd ask Superman to take all the nuclear waste in the U.S. and discard it into Jupiter or the Sun (he did discard our nuclear weapons in Superman IV -- Quest for Peace). For those of you keeping track, we have a boat load (technical term) of nuclear waste that needs to be transported to a place (or places) where is can be safely stored for ...

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Blinded by the LED light……let’s hope so!

Today we welcome another guest blog entry from Loren Dinneen from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.     I doubt that Manfred Mann's Earth Band had LED lights in mind when they performed their hit song "Blinded by the Light."  They certainly couldn't have foreseen that the dialogue surrounding the future of high-intensity discharge (HID) light fixtures versus the more energy efficient, light-em ...

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How would Latka say “Chicago taxi runs on natural gas?”

Latka and the other folks at the Sunshine Cab Company in New York City would have a hard time recognizing some of the new taxis in Chicago....why?  Well they run on natural gas and are providing savings AND opportunities for the drivers. In a pilot project in Chicago, more than 30 cabs have been retrofitted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Currently they are saving more than a dollar per gallon equiv ...

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