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ILLINOIS PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING FOR JOB APPLICANTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Employers are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s past worker’s compensation injuries or benefits received. EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION CHECK Illinois employers are not prohibited from verifying a job applicant's educational or prior work history. Employers should advise job applicants that such background checks will be done and, if possible, obtain the applicants' authorization. ABILITY AND INTEGRITY TESTING Employers are barred from using a voice stress analyzer during pre-employment job screenings. Employers are not...Read More
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3 LAWS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Most business owners are familiar with the laws that impact their business – in logistics? Then you know laws about how long a driver can drive and weight limitations.  In manufacturing? You know about bills of lading and various shipping terms.  But the laws that could have the most impact on your business (meaning highest liability risk) you may not be as aware of.  Business owners should familiarize themselves with the essentials of business law in order to avoid potentially devastating litigation. While some federal business laws o...Read More
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WHAT PROBLEMS ARISE OUT OF A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) POLICY?

Not that long ago (but may seem like forever), workers were required to be dependent on a traditional brick and mortar building where they were often tethered to the company ethernet cable or a corded telephone. As mobile electronics have become more advanced and used in all areas of our lives, however, the way workers access company data continues to rapidly change. The use of iPads, iPhones, and other, similar mobile devices has become increasingly common, and is often a popular choice because it enables employees to work from virtually a...Read More
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TEN BASICS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – DO YOU KNOW THEM? IS YOUR IP PROTECTED?

Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology are daily realities and aspects in our modern business world today. Business owners need to be aware of what IP is and the different forms of protections available to ensure it has obtained the proper protections for its business and also, does not risk infringing or misappropriating a third party’s IP rights. Here are Ten IP Basics every business owner should know: IP Rights are Intangible Rights and Most are Created by StatuteThese are unlike personal tangible property rights that can be t...Read More
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SECURE CHOICE IS COMING TO ILLINOIS EMPLOYERS – ARE YOU READY?

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program was signed into law in 2015, making Illinois the first state to enact legislation requiring that private-sector employers offer their employees options for retirement. The Program was set to become effective on June 1, 2017, but it faced various challenges and the start date was delayed. The program entered the pilot phase in May 2018 and implementation for the first wave of employers is set to begin this fall. ILLINOIS SECURE CHOICE SAVINGS PROGRAM: WHO IS REQUIRED TO ENROLL? Secure Choice i...Read More
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