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150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.894.3200
Fax: 312.894.3210
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  • Illinois
  • Indiana
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100+ Attorneys

REMINDER – Chicago Minimum Wage Increases Again And Cook County Minimum Wage Begins Starting July 1st 2017

On July 1, 2017, Chicago’s Minimum Wage increases to $11.00 per hour for non-tipped employees and $6.10 for tipped employees (Chicago Municipal Code §1-24). Cook County’s new minimum wage is $10.00 per hour for non-tipped and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Zap! It’s the Devil – No Really: Accommodating Religious Beliefs

Imagine that in order to increase time and attendance record accuracy and efficiency, you have invested in a new biometric time clock system. This makes good business sense and overall, it is a straightforward issue…until HR…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Doing Away With Your Vacation Policies

Summer is unofficially here. Kids are out of school. Many employees are checking their vacation balances to see how much time they can take off work. For HR, vacation balances can be incredibly time-consuming. You have to…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Prepare For Success In The Beverage Industry By Registering Your Marks

In light of continued growth in the wine and brewing industries, a business owner working hard to succeed is wise to protect what may become its most valuable assets – the company name and brand. Much thought, time, and money is…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update: Janus Files Petition For Appeal To The Supreme Court Seeking To Overrule Abood

As previously reported on March 29th, the fight against the Supreme Court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education continues. On June 6, 2017, Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee who is required to pay agency…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

White House Proposes Paid Family Leave Plan

The proposed budget released by the White House in May includes a plan to provide new parents with up to six weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child. Obviously the plan is far from becoming law; implementing such a plan…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Cook County Final Earned Sick Leave Rules

With the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date around the corner, the Cook County Commission on Human Relations (“CCCHR”) approved its administrative rules on May 25, 2017. While we previously…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

For Employee To Be Compelled To Pursue FLSA Claims Pursuant To Contract Grievance Procedures, Language Of CBA Must Be Clear And Unmistakable

On May 15, 2017, the seventh circuit ruled that unless the language in a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) explicitly states that the employee must resolve his statutory and contractual rights through the grievance…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

A Tale of Caution: What Happens When A Bank Fails To Respond to Collection Efforts?

Whenever a creditor obtains a judgment, the first avenue to attempt collection usually leads to a bank with the service of either a citation to discover assets or a non-wage garnishment. Sometimes banks have assets belonging to…more
 /  Finance & Banking

Delaware - The New Black For Patent Litigation?

This week the Supreme Court made the problem of deciding where to incorporate a little more complicated. Sure, your company could still choose Delaware for its well-developed business laws. But how does Delaware stack up in…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Arbitrator, Judge, Or Jury; Pick Your Poison

As a general rule businesses hate litigation. Why? Litigation results seem uncertain to the point of randomness. It need not be that way. You can never squeeze all of the uncertainty out of litigation, but if you understand who…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Portions Of The DOL Fiduciary Rule To Go Forward On June 9, 2017

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced on Monday that portions of the controversial Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule will go into effect as planned on June 9, 2017, with full implementation of the rule on January…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Comply With Existing Laws?

The National Business Group on Health’s Eighth Annual Survey on Corporate Health recently revealed the growing prevalence of workplace wellness programs. Many such programs are expanding their aim to not only better the physical…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Should You Consider Patenting Your Inventions?

Have you ever invented something but weren’t sure whether to patent it? Most of us have! You don’t have to be an engineer, hold a master’s degree, or own a business to find an instance where a specific product would make life…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Hint Of Change: NLRB Allows Employer To Defend Blanket Prohibition On Use Of Cameras/Video Recording Devices

Recently, there has been much discussion about the composition of the five-member board in Washington, D.C., including President Trump’s appointment of Philip Miscimarra as National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman, and the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law
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