Firearm Concealed Carry Act – How can you as an Employer and Business protect yourself, your employees and customers?

Published on 2/12/2014
Categories: Handbook Policy, Human Resources, Illinois Law, Weapons in the Workplace

IL-No-Guns-Allowed-SignThe year 2014 brings many changes that affect not only the workplace but how you conduct business in Illinois.   On July 9th, 2013, Illinois became the last state to allow individuals to carry concealed weapons. Although it became law in 2013, we are just now feeling the effects of its enactment.  Over 23,000 people in Illinois have applied for permits, with nearly one quarter of those applicants living in Cook County, while Will and Du Page Counties follow close behind with the most number of applicants.  Soon, they will receive their permits and begin to exercise their rights under the law. Read more…


IL Law Requires Non-Union Contractors in non-construction related contracts to Post Job Openings on State Website

Published on 12/12/2013
Categories: Illinois Law, Job Posting

Effective July 23rd, 2013, Public Act 98-107 requires all individuals or companies that have contracts with State Agencies, Universities and Community Colleges to post certain Employment vacancies on the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s www.IllinoisJobLink.com system or provide a link to its online employment vacancies site that is accessible through www.IllinoisJobLink.com. Read more…


There is no “working off the clock” – it’s Overtime

Published on 12/12/2013
Categories: Human Resources, Overtime

To avoid being sued for not paying overtime is to follow some basic principles and policies.  Make sure that you, your Supervisors and your Employees clearly understand the overtime policy.  There should be no “comp time” and no Off-the-Clock work with a nudge and a wink.  Using Comp Time is not an acceptable way of avoiding overtime claims.  Train your managers and make sure they know they could be disciplined for violating the policy. Read more…


New I-9 form

Published on 12/12/2013
Categories: Human Resources, Immigration

On March 8, 2013, the government released a revised Employment and Eligibility Verification Form I-9 which employers must use effective immediately.  To obtain the new form you can use this link http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.  This link provides the new form and instructions on appropriate verification documentation and how to complete the document. Read more…


FMLA Benefits Now Must Be Provided to Employees with Same-Sex Spouses

Published on 11/27/2013
Categories: Benefits, Federal Law, FMLA, Human Resources, Same Sex Marriage

By Christina Stoneburner on August 29, 2013 Posted in Family Medical Leave Act, Gay Marriage, General Employment Matters

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in U.S. v. Windsor, we advised that there would be sweeping implications to employers from everything from benefits enrollment to FMLA entitlements.  (See DOMA posts from June 26thJune 28th — Immigration Issues and June 28th — Employee Benefits Issues).

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Travel VISAs are now available for Same-Sex Couples

Published on 11/27/2013
Categories: Federal Law, Human Resources, Same Sex Marriage

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that “effective immediately” same-sex spouses applying for Visas will be treated in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses.  For example, if you are the same-sex spouse of a US Citizen, or a noncitizen your Visa application will be considered equally as if you were an opposite-sex couple.  Read more…


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