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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 ...

Employers Can “Combat” The New NLRB Notice

By Heather Bailey – SmithAmundsen LLC On August 25, 2011, we brought you the special alert that employers will have to begin posting the new National Labor Relations Board’s Employee Rights Notice, effective November 14, 2011. Please note that on October 5, 2011, the Board announced the effective date of compliance will now be January 31, 2012, to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, espe ...

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NLRB And Social Media Update: Where Do We Stand…For Now?

It is well known that employers have been struggling with how the National Labor Relations Board’s traditional principles for determining whether employees are engaged in “protected, concerted activity” apply to employees’ social networking activities and their employers’ social networking policies. Last month, the NLRB Acting General Counsel issued a report presenting summaries of recent case developments ...

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Should Your Company Take Advantage of the New IRS Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program? Look Before You Leap!

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Senior Attorney and Shareholder, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, IL (630) 377-1554.  www.wesselssherman.com On September 21, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) kicked off its brand new Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Under this revolutionary program, eligible employers can obtain substantial relief from federal payrol ...

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NFIB Files Lawsuit to Protect Employer Rights

Sues the NLRB Over Posting Requirement Rule  Springfield (September 16, 2011) — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed a lawsuit on behalf of small businesses in Illinois  and elsewhere challenging an intrusive new rule issued last week by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The “Notice Posting Rule” requires private-sector employers to post a notice in their business informing ...

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Government Agencies Are Going After Employers Who Wrongly Classify Employees As Independent Contractors

On September 19, 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis hosted an historic ceremony at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington. Ms. Solis signed a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service intended to improve the U.S. Department of Labor’s energetic efforts (across the United States) to end the business practice of misclassifying employees. ...

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IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Cell Phones; Provides Small Business Recordkeeping Relief

IR-2011-93, Sept. 14, 2011 Washington — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance designed to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones. The guidance relates to a provision in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, enacted last fall, that removed cell phones from the definition of listed property, a category under tax law that normally requires additional recordkeeping by taxpayers. ...

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ILLINOIS EMPLOYERS MAY BENEFIT FROM ADOPTING A RELATIONSHIP POLICY

By Nancy Joerg, Esq., Senior Attorney and Shareholder, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. www.wesselssherman.com Employers in Illinois sometime wonder what to do when one of their supervisors becomes involved romantically with an employee reporting to that supervisor. The obvious human resource problem with such a romantic relationship is that it can become a serious morale issue for the cow ...

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