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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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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

This week is Thanksgiving.  So what are you thankful for?  Family is at the top of most of our lists, and we will be spending time with family, enjoying each other’s company and plenty of delicious food!  No gifts are exchanged – just stories (both old favorites and new ones) and laughs, and maybe some recipes.  This time should be treasured, as family members often do not live near each other, and, therefore, don’t have many opportunities to be together. It is very sad when families are torn apart because of hard feelings resu...Read More
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WHAT CAUSES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

There are so many good causes out there, and so many charitable organizations to serve them. What is important to you?  Perhaps it is research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer or some other disease that claimed the life of a loved one. Or, maybe you want to save abused animals or the rainforests, help underprivileged children, or aid the victims of domestic violence or natural disasters. You may wish to provide funds to your religious organization to assist in meeting its needs, or to your alma mater to offer scholarships o...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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SIMPLE WILL UPDATES MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

It happens all the time. Clients call to book and appointment for a “simple Will update”. Maybe you have a Last Will and Testament (a “Will”) that you signed 15 years ago when your kids were little. Perhaps you created Revocable Living Trusts when the estate tax laws were much different than they are today. It could be that your Health Care and Property Powers of Attorney were signed before Illinois made substantial changes to these forms, and they may not include any additional powers or instructions that could help if you are inca...Read More
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