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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 ...

Should old acquaintance be forgot….. then let’s remember them!

Today I'm posting a guest blog from Loren Dinneen from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.  Enjoy! With the new year upon us, many are looking forward to a 2012 filled with exciting new developments in the energy world.  But as Auld Lang Syne reminds us, we are often quick to forget old acquaintances and that is not necessarily a good thing!  So before we spring forward into a new year, take a look at thi ...

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BlueStar Energy isn’t blue at all

Since my last blog entry was about "being green,"  it's only fair that the next one is about something blue...as in BlueStar Energy which is everything BUT blue since it was announced that Ohio-based AEP has agreed to acquire them. Here's the link to the press release detailing the agreement. BlueStar Energy is one of the leading Alternative Retail Electricity Suppliers (ARES) in Illinois.  They were formed ...

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Can Miss Piggy sing how easy it is being green?

Frequent readers of this blog know my penchant for being optimistic about our energy future.  Not to say that it will be "easy being green," but that entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and guys in their garages are looking at better ways to create energy with fewer effects on our environment. Case in point, this article from David Zucchino of Tribune Newspapers about Duke Energy, Duke University and Goo ...

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Look for big ch-ch-ch-changes in 2012 in residential electricity

With a weak apology to David Bowie and his hit "Changes," (check out the hair!)...2012 could bring some big ch-ch-changes in the residential electricity marketplace in Illinois. This article from Chicago Tribune energy reporter Julie Wernau is an excellent synopsis of the newest trend -- municipal aggregation.  What does that mean? If a community passes a referendum allowing it, the municipality can "aggreg ...

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Young “whippersnappers” remind us why the “energy glass” is half full.

Frequent readers of this blog know that I'm a "glass is half-full" kind of guy.  I'm a pragmatist when it comes to the energy challenges facing our globe but I believe we have the ingenuity to solve those issues and provide energy for our growing population without ruining the planet we cherish. To help me back up that sense of optimism (especially during the Holiday Season), I happily provide you with this ...

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Mercury emissions are not Illinois’ kryptonite.

Following is my entry into the conversation on the National Journal's Energy and Environment experts blog.  Here is the link to see other points of view of the subject. I buried the lead a bit....if nothing else know that mercury emissions in Illinois have decreased 75% in the last few years.  A victory for industry, regulators and the environment.  We haven't saved the planet like Superman does in the comi ...

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I’m charging on sunshine…and don’t it feel good! (Hey!)

With apologies to Katrina and the Wave  and in reverence to their 1983 hit song: Walking on Sunshine...it's looking  like technology is improving enough to make solar power something we use every day.  Soon we might be "charging on sunshine" and feeling pretty good about it. This article from Renewable Energy World.com gives a great synopsis of the kinds of technologies that might be around the corner that ...

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It’s Fracking Monday Morning

People just LOVE Monday mornings... They can't WAIT to get back to work and learn what surprises are in store for them in the coming week. For the folks who are involved in producing natural gas through fracking, every morning must seem like Monday morning. First the good news: All natural gas production estimates are through the roof because it has become technologically and economically possible to "frack ...

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