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Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Litigation in Illinois

Very few people enter into contracts or begin business relationships expecting the worst.  If they did, they really have no business proceeding with the contract or relationship.  As you can imagine, the universe of business relationships and contracts is nearly limitless, including such things as hiring a company to paint your home, starting a new […]

Workplace Worries: Bullies, Retaliation

Every day the number of lawsuits employers face due to complaints by their employees is growing.  Knowing this, most employers have taken steps and precautions in order to minimize the risk of being sued by current and former employees.  Unfortunately, the type of claims and relief available to employees is constantly changing which makes it […]

Freedom to Work Act

The Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) prevents employers from entering into a non-competition agreement with a low-wage employee which restricts low-wage employees from performing. The Act prevents employers from entering into a non-competition agreement with a low-wage employee after January 1, 2017, which restricts the low-wage employee from performing: any work for another […]

What Illinois employers need to know about the Illinois Sick Leave Act

The Illinois Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) provides employees with the right to use paid time-off from work to care for a sick family member (the “personal sick leave benefit. The Act provides employees with the right to use paid time-off from work to care for a sick family member (the ‘personal sick leave benefit’). […]

The New Fair Labor Standards Act

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating overtime regulations (the “New Rule”). The New Rule will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of its implementation. Because the New Rule is Federal […]

Your Business Lawyer Must Have Writing Expertise

One of the most important skills that a business lawyer needs is superior writing ability.  Every day, business lawyers are called upon to write unique letters and emails, draft customized contracts, convincing legal briefs, etc.  While some documents can be created largely from word-processing, many, perhaps most, cannot – at least not if you want […]

What Your Business Lawyer Should Be Doing For You

A business attorney should be adding value by creating opportunities and solving company problems with market-driven initiatives. Your attorney should be your eyes and ears to things you should know, and to creative opportunities you should consider. The attorney should identify all of the ways that s/he can help you. Frequent contact, including on-site visits […]

Tips For Selecting A Business Attorney

Do not choose a law firm. Select the lawyer who will be giving you advice and doing your work. Make certain that the attorney’s practice is heavily concentrated in representing businesses, and that the attorney has been representing businesses for a substantial length of time. Select an attorney who manages his or her own law firm, and thus […]

Beyond The Shell Ndash Avoiding Potential Business Liability And Litigation

The U.S. Small Business Administration has posted on its website that there are over 23 million small businesses in the United States, and that they have provided nearly 55% of all jobs (inclusive of over 65% of all net new jobs since the 1970s). Further, the SBA has represented that “the number of small businesses in the United States hasincreased 49% […]

Making Non Compete Agreements That Stick

Non-compete agreements can be useful for protecting valuable  business interests.  But to be effective, their terms and their application by  the employer must meet numerous new standards recently established by the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court.  Until 2011, Illinois  law generally disfavored non-compete agreements, and employers struggled to  draft non-compete agreements that could hold up in court.  However, […]