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How to Prepare Your Business for an Increase in Workplace I-9 Enforcement in 2018

What’s hiding in your I-9 files? ICE is Committed to Significant Increase in Worksite Enforcement in 2018 Director Homan signals intent to aggressively target employers that employ illegals Workplace immigration compliance is getting increased attention from the government and this year, enforcement actions are expected to be increased significantly. Recently, Acting Immigration and Customers Enforcement Director Thomas Homan has instructed Homeland Security Investigations to increase its time spent on work site enforcement by “four or...Read More
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TOP TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR SOFTWARE AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) ASSETS

Protecting your software and other Intellectual Property (IP) assets is very important for all businesses. Implementing some important practices will increase your protections and controls. By considering these tips and including some of these provisions in your IP License Agreement (IP Licenses), you reduce the risk of your software or other IP being transferred without your consent and you will be in a stronger position in the event of a dispute. Current positions and trends in the law to be aware of: The current guideline under gene...Read More
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My Employee is Working Overtime – Help!

Avoid FLSA Class Action Suits – The best defense is a good offense: Regular compliance audits of employee time and wages can proactively reduce legal risks for FLSA/over-time pay violations. There has been a 77% rise in FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) lawsuits tied to wage-and-hour disputes since 2004 according to the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. As a federal law, it applies to all companies in all states, including Illinois. Plaintiff attorneys view FLSA lawsuits as promising and lucrative class action suits. Any unpaid ...Read More
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New NLRB Rulings Will Impact Non-Union Businesses

If you are a non-union business, odds are you don’t pay much attention to National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) decisions. But ignoring the NLRB can be costly, even for non-union businesses.  In the past few years many of these decisions have impacted non-union businesses just as much as they have impacted union businesses.  Most of those rulings were significate and created a large burden on employers – forcing them to update Employee Handbooks and company policies to comply with new NLRB tests and standards.    Recently two ...Read More
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POST-EMPLOYMENT COVENANTS

The issue of how to protect a business’ clientele and confidential information when an employee leaves for a new job is a headache faced by most employers. One common method for addressing this issue is the inclusion of what is known as a “post-employment covenant” in the employee’s employment contract (which should be signed when the employee is hired). Post-employment covenants can cover a variety of different areas including confidential information, restrictions on competition and the solicitation of customers and employees. ...Read More
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