Mediate Before You Litigate! (Sept. 2011) – Four reasons to mediate before litigating, presented in four parts. Reason #1: Frequently, the legal issue that might be the basis of litigation isn’t really the core issue of the dispute between the parties.

Do Your Contracts with Third Parties Comply With Regulations? (August, 2011) – If your company qualifies as a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and does not comply with regulations required for contracting with 3rd parties, your company may be on the hook. Similarly, if your company acts as a 3rd party for a HIPAA covered entity and your contract is not in compliance, the covered entity may terminate your contract.

Strict Liability for Sexual Harassment by Supervisors – Both Illinois and Federal law allow for a Company to be held strictly liable for sexual harassment committed by a supervisor or manager against one of the employees under its charge. Up until last year, strict liability was imposed only if the harasser had authority to affect the terms and conditions of the complainant’s employment. Now, the Illinois Supreme Court says…

Surviving in the New Economy – Employment laws are changing fast. Are you aware of the new COBRA regulations and how they affect employers? What about the new FMLA regulations or the changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act? New regulations seem to pop up every day.

The New FMLA Regulations Become Effective January 16, 2009. ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE? (January, 2009) – New FMLA regulations are in effect, so what does this mean for you? Here is a quick primer on the new regulations. For a more detailed discussion, please contact Susan L. Dawson.

Think the FMLA doesn’t apply to you? Think again. (September, 2008) – You have fewer than 50 employees at your location, so the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) doesn’t apply to you, right? Not always. The FMLA applies to companies with “50 employees within a 75-mile radius”. However, under a recent federal court ruling, where a company shares employees with one or more other companies, (including employees assigned by a placement agency), the employees of all companies may be used to calculate the total number of employees for qualifying under the FMLA.

The Employee Classification Act: How will it affect your business? (April, 2008) – Effective January 1, 2008, the Act addresses classifying workers as 1099s versus W2s. The Act focuses on the “construction” industry; broadly defining it to include adding or subtracting from any structure, roadway, sewer, parking facility, real property or improvement, including maintenance, landscaping, painting, and decorating.