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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 ...

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

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 ...

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

By Sean Darke, Shareholder, Wessels Sherman U.S. Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary threshold r ...

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

By Suzanne Newcomb – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com A Texas federal judge today, November 16, 2016, struck down the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial “Persuader Rule” f ...

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

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 ...

Tax Tribunal Update

After many stops and starts, final FY 2014 funding for the Tax Tribunal is contained in HB 214, which is the State general services appropriation bill.  As we indicated earlier in the week, the funding is for approximately ¾'s of the fiscal year, and anticipates that the Tax Tribunal will not open its doors until January 1, 2014.  Judges may be appointed sooner for the purpose of establishing the Tribunal's ...

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Legislative Update

The House and Senate were scheduled for only perfunctory sessions this week, and our attention has been focused on bill filings. The deadline for introduction of substantive bills is February 26th in the House and February 15th in the Senate. To-date, substantive tax legislation is somewhat light, although a large number of "technical" or vehicle bills have been filed. These technical/vehicle bills make a n ...

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Tax Fraud Investigation Nets $75 Million To-Date

The Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Attorney General, in an ongoing joint criminal investigation, have recovered nearly $75 million in unpaid sales tax from gas station owners alleged to be involved in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the State. The investigation began in August of 2010. Most recently, two Chicago area accountants, Naveed Ahmed and his brother Asif Waheed, entered guilty ple ...

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Chicago Proposal for Tax Disclosure Emerges

While SB 282 may have been defeated this past week, Chicago's Alderman Burke has now proposed a "Corporate Tax Disclosure Ordinance" as an amendment to Chapter 2-154 of the City's Municipal Code. The ordinance would require disclosure of extensive corporate tax return information for any publicly held corporation that makes application to the City for any "city action." A city action is defined as "any acti ...

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SB 282 Defeated in House Revenue Committee

SB 282, the corporate tax disclosure legislation, was defeated in committee this past Sunday afternoon by a vote of 3-6.  We would like to thank all our members in the business community who helped defeat this legislation and we would also like to thank Representatives Mautino, Zalewski, Sullivan, McSweeney, Harris, and Ramey who voted against SB 282 and supported the business community in defeating this an ...

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And we’re off!

The 98th General Assembly officially began at noon this past Wednesday. As we go into the first year of the two-year General Assembly session we wipe the legislative slate clean and start all over again. The Legislative Reference Bureau has begun posting proposed legislation for 2013 and we've begun our review. Committee work will begin shortly, and we'll be off and running. I wanted to take a minute to rem ...

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HB 6202: False Claims Act Update

It appears that agreed language to amend the Illinois False Claims Act will not be moved this week, but will be a spring session initiative. Since HB 6202 must first pass the House and the Senate will not be coming back into session until January 8th there will not be enough time for the Senate to take up the bill before the start of the new General Assembly.  Rep. Zalewski, our bill sponsor, has promised t ...

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Even More Tax Increase Proposals on the Way?

As we move into spring session and the new 98th General Assembly, the Governor and legislative leaders continue to look for new sources of revenue to fund State capital projects and to address the state's continuing budget deficit. As we discussed at our December Tax Institute meeting, we hear that a number of new taxes and fees have been thrown on the table for discussion by Governor Quinn and legislative ...

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