McLaughlin & Associates Celebrates 5 Years

Published on 9/11/2017
Categories: Business, Corporate, Fox Valley, Human Resources, Uncategorized

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Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates Celebrates 5 Years in September 2017

Published on 8/07/2017
Categories: Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come celebration our Law Firm’s 5 Year Anniversary on Thursday,

September 28, 2017 with great wine and beverages, appetizers by Enticing Cuisine http://www.enticingcuisine.com/, and music by the Fox Valley Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet http://www.foxvalleyorchestra.com. We are celebrating with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Oswego Chamber of commerce http://www.oswegochamber.org, and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce http://www.naperville.net.   Come to have fun, connect with old friends and network with new ones.  We want to thank our clients, vendors, and business associates for supporting us these past 5  years and celebrate our continued growth.

You may RSVP to Maureen at the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce http://www.aurorachamber.com, or to Kerry Rieder-McLaughlin at 630-449-4590 or krieder@ma-lawpc.com.

 

 


Reporting Change of Address or Responsible Party with the IRS

Published on 8/07/2017
Categories: Business, Corporate, Federal Law, IRS Regulations, United States

Dollar signBeginning with 2014, it is mandatory that businesses report changes in responsible parties to the IRS. For non-publicly traded entities, a responsible party is the person who has a level of control over, or entitlement to, the funds or assets in the entity that as a practical matter enables the individual, directly or indirectly, to control, manage, or direct the entity and the disposition of its funds or assets. For most small businesses, this is the primary owner of the entity.

Within 60 days of a change in responsible parties, the entity must file form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party-Business with the IRS to report the change. Although there are no direct penalties for failing to file the form, a failure to receive a notice of deficiency or demand for tax, the penalties and interest will continue to accrue, even though the responsible party fails to receive the notices.

All businesses with EINs should review their SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, and file Form 8822-B with the IRS to update any changes in business addresses and responsible parties, as soon as possible. Here is the link to IRS form 8822-B http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8822b.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken McLaughlin at 630-230-8434.

Written By:     Bob Kovanic, MBA, CPA, Padgett Business Services

NOTE: This publication should not be regarded as legal advice or legal opinion. The content is intended for general informational purposes only. If you have any concerns regarding anything in this publication you may contact your own attorney, CPA or our law office at 630-230-8434, website www.ma-lawpc.com.


Paid Sick Leave Update

Published on 3/23/2017
Categories: Benefits, Chicago, Cook County, Handbook Policy, Illinois Law, Paid Sick Leave, Paid Time Off

There are several new state, municipal and county paid sick leave laws in Illinois that will affect employers’ Paid Time Off policies and benefits.  Some or all may apply to your business depending on where you do business or where you have employees working.  The following is a brief description of the main points of each new law.

 

Illinois HB 6162 Employee Sick Leave Act:

Took effect January 1, 2017.

  • The Act does not specifically define Employer, so it is assumed that this Act applies to all Illinois Employers.
  • Employees may use their personal sick leave time for absences related to the illness, injury or medical appointments for “immediate family” (child, stepchild, spouse, sibling, parent and spouse’s parents, grandchild, grandparent or stepparent).
  • The time to be used is the employee’s personal sick leave benefits, not plan benefits, such as short- or long-term disability benefits.
  • The amount of time to be allowed for immediate family versus personal sick time is not defined, but should be “for reasonable periods of time”.

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How to Limit Your Liability to Subcontractor Employees for Workplace Injuries

Published on 2/16/2017
Categories: Subcontractor, Workers' Compensation

In a recent decision, Carney v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, 2016 IL 118984 (Oct. 20, 2016), the Illinois Supreme Court provided some guidance to owners and general contractors on limiting their liability to subcontractor employees in construction injury cases.  Under the common law, anyone who employs an independent contractor is generally not liable for that contractor’s acts or omissions, but the hiring entity may still be liable for its own negligence.

In this case, Union Pacific Railroad Company entered into a written agreement with a general contractor, Happ’s, Inc., to remove three abandoned bridges on property owned by the railroad. Under this agreement, Happ’s purchased the bridges from the railroad and agreed to provide the labor, tools, and material necessary for the work. The contractor hired a subcontractor to assist with the removal. An employee of the subcontractor was severely injured during demolition of one of the bridges, when a falling bridge girder severed his legs, and he filed a negligence claim against the railroad. The court considered owner liability under three potential claims: owner control, negligent hiring, and dangerous condition on the land.

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Major Changes to Exempt Status under the FLSA

Published on 6/17/2016
Categories: DOL, Exempt, FLSA

clock-1426621_640 The Department of Labor (DOL) has made some pervasive changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which will affect the minimum salary requirement for employees to be considered Exempt from overtime.

As of December 1, 2016 the DOL has raised the minimum salary for administrative, professional, and executive positions from $23,660 to $47,476 to be qualified for Exempt status under the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements.  Highly Compensated Employees must be paid a minimum of $134,004 per year.  This applies to all employers no matter how small.

In addition, the Department of Labor will adjust this base salary  for administrative, professional, executive, and highly compensated employees.  Also, there are still no salary level requirements for outside sales, teachers, doctors and lawyers. Read more…


Misconduct Expanded in Recent Update of Unemployment Insurance Act

Published on 6/10/2016
Categories: Illinois Law, Unemployment

On December 4, 2015, House Bill 1285 was signed into law, codifying how the industry defined employee misconduct for purposes of unemployment insurance claims. With the new legislation, the question becomes whether the clarified misconduct violations will automatically bar a former employee from obtaining unemployment benefits.

Prior to House Bill 1285, an employee was ineligible for unemployment benefits if he or she committed egregious acts such as committing a theft or felony, for work-related misconduct, out of work because of a labor dispute, or if the employee quit voluntarily without good cause. Illinois Appellate Courts have held that a policy did not need to be written or even articulated in circumstances where the behavior violates a policy which is self-evident, such as stealing, Ray v. IDES, 244 Ill. App. 3d 233 (1st Dist. 1993) or fighting, Bandemer v. IDES, 204 Ill. App. 3d 192 (1st Dist. 1990). However, in situations where the misconduct was not specifically addressed in employer policies, proof of warnings to the misconduct that violated the policy was required. See Zuaznabar v. Bd. of Review, 257 Ill. App. 3d 354, 358 (1st Dist. 1993) Read more…


Criminal Background Check and “Ban the Box”

Published on 1/21/2015
Categories: Ban the Box, Criminal Background Check, Human Resources

Woman with paper at deskEffective January 1, 2015, Illinois legislature enacted a law that requires private employers with 15 or more employees to remove “the box” on their employment applications which asks whether or not the applicant has been convicted of a felony.  Thus the name “Ban the Box”.

Some employers ask that potential applicants complete an employment application before an interview or job offer.  In the past, most employment applications asked whether or not the person has been convicted of a felony or a similar question.

With the new law in place, employers are now compelled to consider only whether or not the applicant is “qualified” for the job based on information provided by the applicant and prior to an interview.  Once a decision has been made to conduct an interview or provide a conditional offer of employment, then the employer may require a criminal background check.

There are three exceptions to this rule:  1) if federal or state law excludes specific criminal convictions because of the nature of the position being applied for, 2) if a fidelity or equivalent bond is required and certain convictions would disqualify the candidate, or 3) the position requires an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) license.

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Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Published on 1/06/2015
Categories: Business, Human Resources, Illinois Law, Uncategorized, Violence in the Workplace

Unfortunately it sometimes takes a tragedy such as the recent shooting of Nadia Ezaldein at Nordstrom store by her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Dee, to make us as business owners think about what we could have done to prevent this from happening in our place of business.  Fortunately, the State of Illinois has 2 little known laws in place that can offer both employees and employers some added protection from domestic violence and abuse in the workplace.    These are the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) and the Workplace Violence Prevention Act.

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McDonald’s Triumphant in “Mc” Trademark Dispute

Published on 7/25/2014
Categories: biodiesel, Intellectual Property, Trademark

An individual who wanted to trademark “BioMcDiesel” won’t be allowed to do so according to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which ruled (McDonald’s Corp. v. Joseph, July 14, 2014, Bergsman, M.) that consumers would likely confuse the proposed biofuel mark with McDonald Corp.’s family of “Mc” trademarks.

The applicant, Joel Joseph, filed an intent-to-use application to register the trademark “BioMcDiesel,” in standard character form, for biodiesel fuel. McDonald’s opposed this registration for several reasons, including that “BioMcDiesel” could be construed as part of McDonald’s family of “Mc” formative marks and it had the “likelihood of confusion.” The applicant conceded that that “Mc” family of marks is famous and has been in use much longer than his application filing date.

The applicant’s mark, “BioMcDiesel” has the “Mc” formative in the middle of the mark with a generic term following it, which does not distinguish it enough from McDonald’s marks since its family of marks has such items as Chicken McNuggets, Egg McMuffin, and Sausage McMuffin.

The applicant’s biodiesel fuel is an alternative fuel for diesel engines or can be used as an additive to standard diesel fuel.  It can be made from used fryer grease, also known as yellow grease. McDonald’s is one of the largest suppliers of yellow grease and has received media publicity for its recycling programs. It promotes its sustainability programs, including its recycling efforts, on its website (McDonalds.com).

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