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THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS AND LIABILITIES AS AN EMPLOYER?

Earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 (commonly known as “coronavirus”) is now a pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and WHO are official sources regarding information on pandemics. A declaration of a pandemic by WHO only indicates that there is a sustained human-to-human ...
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BROADER HORIZONS FOR BREWING BUDDIES

  Craft distilleries are finally being granted the same rights as their buddies, craft breweries. A new bill was passed by the Illinois House and Senate and signed by Governor Pritzker in August 2019 which lifted certain restrictions previously placed on craft distilleries. The new bill was effective immediately. SMALL BUSINESS CRAFT ...
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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) – GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided interim guidance for employers based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The CDC believes the following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning consideration...
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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE – ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS: MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

Just one year ago, a disgruntled employee, Gary Martin, fatally shot five people and wounded five officers at an Illinois warehouse. According to the authorities, Martin was called into a meeting at the Henry Pratt Company warehouse on Friday, which he attended with a hidden gun. After he was told he was being fired, he began shooting, killing the three employees who were at the m...
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2020 EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES

Public Act 101-0221 is an important piece of legislation that making major changes to Illinois employment law this year. Some of the key provisions involve the creation of the Workplace Transparency Act (which effects all sorts of employment agreements such as non-competes, confidentiality provisions, and settlements) and the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act, ...
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