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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 ...

I hope Gates’ mini-nukes work better than Microsoft Vista

OK, that was admittedly a cheap shot.  But honestly, that's the first thought that came to my cynical mind with I saw this Associated Press coverage on Bill Gates working with the Chinese to create "generation IV" nuclear reactors that are small and use depleted uranium. "The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste," said the billionaire during a talk at China's Ministry of Sci ...

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Will a natural gas company by any other name smell as “rotten eggy?”

OK, it's obvious that William Shakespeare was wise to use the rose instead of natural gas as a metaphor on why names don't matter.  However, we're about to find out if this axiom applies to the world of local natural gas delivery as Nicor's merger with AGL Resources was approved today by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). As the short press release states, "Once completed, the merger is expected to cre ...

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Energy Policy No Longer “Chunky”

Could "Chunk" from the movie "The Goonies" do better at energy policy than Congress? I'll let you ponder that question as you read this article from "The Hill" summarizing that energy related legislation with ANY chance of passing Congress in the foreseeable future will have to be focused and small rather than something that takes on big chunks of the energy puzzle facing our nation. Obama's former climate ...

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Holy Injection, Batman! There’s Carbon Sequestration Starting in Decatur!

"This stuff is being injected deeper than the Bat Cave!" We've all heard about the opportunities and challenges associated with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).  Now it's time to find out if it works on the biggest scale yet in Illinois. This week the Illinois Basin Decatur Project started sequestering carbon underground next to ADM's ethanol plant. Here is the link to the project's web site and here ...

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FutureGen 2.0 It’s Alive!

Any fan of the plethora of Frankenstein movies knows the moment when Dr. Frankenstein declares that his combination of various body parts and organs is ALIVE! (I chose the version from Young Frankenstein because I just love that movie.) I thought of this when reading this Bloomberg Businessweek article today regarding FutureGen 2.0.  It seems as though Ameren is in talks with the FutureGen Alliance to restr ...

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Imagine ComEd buys no electricity…it’s easy if you try.

With apologies to the late, great John Lennon...sometimes it's hard to get the general public to imagine much of anything.  Could they have imagined the Internet? IPhone Apps? Skype? TVs bigger than a couch and smaller than a floppy disc? (Yes, I remember what a floppy disc is!) So can we imagine a world in which ComEd and Ameren no longer buy any electricity for its customers?  I think it's easy if you try ...

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The new Prairie State coal plant in Illinois — BACT to the Future!

Great Scott! There’s a new coal plant in Illinois! Could using Best Available Control Technology (BACT) be a solution for the future use of coal in electricity generation? Here's why I ask... The nation's newest coal plant is just about to open up in Marissa, Illinois. The Prairie State power plant, situated about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, will produce 1,600 MW of  power via two 800 MW generators -- ...

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My last words on the Keystone Pipeline (actually it’s Clinton’s words!)

There have been hundreds of articles, thousands of pages of testimony, emails, letters and newspaper column inches dedicated to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project that will bring an increased supply of Canadian oil into the Gulf of Mexico refining area. But I think this statement from the U.S. State Department sums the issue up rather well.  You see, the Obama Administration approved a pipeline betwe ...

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