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TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY? – UNPAID INTERNSHIPS: ALLOWED BY LAW?

Business Owners may not be aware that in most circumstances, current law does not allow for private “for profit” companies (referred to as “company” or “companies” throughout this article) to have unpaid internships (as it is only allowed in very limited circumstances). Although companies may be using unpaid interns, this practice could very well be a violation of the Federal Standards Labor Act (FSLA) and the Illinois Wage Claim and Collection Act. Some factors to consider in determining when an intern should or should not ...Read More
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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS 2018: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS HERE, HOW WILL THAT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS?

Predictions for 2018 Technology Trends show that we will see: (i) More use of Narrow Artificial Intelligence; and (ii) Artificial Intelligence will have an effect on Businesses and Intellectual Property (IP) Law; however, a human or Business Owner will still need to be identified, in charge, and legally responsible. Business Owners need to consider the necessary protections for these advancements. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the theory and development of computer systems that aims to create machines that are intelligent (programmed t...Read More
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IP – INTANGIBLE BUT EVERYWHERE

Intellectual Property (IP) – What is it? Where is it? Can you identify it? Do you have any? Are you using another’s? Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC has recently offered blogs, articles, and webinars on the topic of IP. As IP is a part of our everyday lives, business owners need to recognize IP and implement protections and procedures in order to ensure the business: (i) is identifying and protecting its IP assets; and/or (ii) is preventing any unauthorized use or infringement of another party’s IP (such can happen either intention...Read More
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UPDATE – COOK COUNTY MINIMUM WAGE/SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

Who is in? Who is out? As of 10/9/17 Opt In Opt Out PENDING City of Chicago Barrington Hills Bedford Park (minimum wage only) Berwyn Cicero (sick leave only) Countryside Deerfield Dixmoor (sick leave only) Evanston Franklin Park (sick leave only) Glencoe Kenilworth LaGrange McCook Northfield Oak Park Palos Hills Skokie Winnetka Alsip Arlington Heights Barrington Bartlett Bedford Park (sick leave only) Bellwood Bensenville Berkeley Blue Island Bridgeview Brookfield Buffalo Grove Burb...Read More
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