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Businesses Face Criminal Penalties Yet Gain Protection Under Illinois Mask Rules

Businesses Face Criminal Penalties Yet Gain Protection Under Illinois Mask Rules

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On August 11, 2020, Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker was successful in a second attempt to criminalize business owners who fail to enforce his mask rules. Under Illinois’ new mask rule, local police and prosecutors may impose criminal fines up to $2,500 to enforce his emergency mask order.


Categories Business Law Business Services COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage


Employers Can Be Fined $2,500 For Failure To Enforce Mask Rules

Employers Can Be Fined $2,500 For Failure To Enforce Mask Rules

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On August 11, 2020, Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker was successful in a second attempt to criminalize business owners who fail to enforce his mask rules. Under Illinois’ new mask rule, local police and prosecutors may impose criminal fines up to $2,500 to enforce his emergency mask order.


Categories Business Law Business Services COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation


Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace after Illinois Legalized Marijuana

Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace after Illinois Legalized Marijuana

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The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“Cannabis Act”) legalized the use and possession of recreational cannabis for adults age 21 or older beginning January 1, 2020. The Cannabis Act allows Illinois residents at least 21 years old to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana flower and 5 grams of marijuana concentrate for personal use.


Categories Business Law Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

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The landscape of insurance coverage in this era of the COVID-19 Pandemic is likely to change as insurance lawsuits are being filed to determine scope of insurance coverage. Meanwhile, in direct response to COVID-19, several states are attempting to modify Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance policies through legislation to provide coverage, particularly business interruption insurance, post hoc-after the fact. President Trump has commented that businesses have paid premiums for business interruption insurance for years and relief should be available to insureds. It is important for businesses to take precautionary measures to preserve whatever coverages might be available, especially as the case law and legislation changes to meet the COVID-19 pandemic.


Categories Business Law COVID19 General Litigation Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Defense Legal Updates Medical Malpractice Defense


Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act Expand the Scope of Harassment

Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act Expand the Scope of Harassment

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Illinois’ Human Rights Act has been amended to enlarge its scope of potential harassment violations, including both an expansion of the definition of employer as well as expansion of the definition of harassment and an extension of the Illinois Human Rights Act to protect non-employees.

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Categories Business Law Employment Law


Small Business Formation Guide: By-laws, Operating Agreements, and Partnership Agreements

Small Business Formation Guide: By-laws, Operating Agreements, and Partnership Agreements

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When acquaintances or family members decide to go into business together, to save money, they generally forgo formalities that are not legally required. They assume matters can easily be resolved amongst family or friends. However, it is often the case that once a business starts turning a profit or failing, people start looking out for their own interests.

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The Equitable Restrooms Act to Take Effect in Illinois

The Equitable Restrooms Act to Take Effect in Illinois

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Illinois has passed a law that requires all single-occupancy public bathrooms be labeled as gender-neutral. The Equitable Restrooms Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, mandates that all single-occupancy restrooms “in a place of public accommodation or public building” to be identified as “all-gender and designated for use by no more than one person at a time or for family or assisted use…

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Categories Business Law Employment Law


Business Owners: You Can Protect Both Yourself in the Workplace and on Social Media with A Workplace Order of Protection

Business Owners: You Can Protect Both Yourself in the Workplace and on Social Media with A Workplace Order of Protection

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Is Someone Harassing, Intimidating, or Threatening Your Business?

In Illinois, businesses can protect themselves from individuals targeting them with acts of violence, stalking, threats, harassment, and property damage.


Categories Business Law


Illinois Employers Must Update Employee Reimbursement Policies by January 1, 2019

Illinois Employers Must Update Employee Reimbursement Policies by January 1, 2019

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The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended to require reimbursement of employees expenses, which may include higher ticket items like cellular phones, cellular data service fees, home computers and internet provider fees for employees who are expected to work remotely and more travel expenses.


Categories Business Law Employment Law


Power Of Personal Guaranty And Its Danger For Small Business Owners

Power Of Personal Guaranty And Its Danger For Small Business Owners

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In Antonucci v. SBA, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of defendants, U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Bureau of the Fiscal Service, and against a business owner objecting to an administrative wage garnishment for a personal guaranty on a small business loan. No. 3:17-CV-01139 (MPS), 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168604 (D. Conn. Sep. 30, 2018). The case highlights the perils to a business owner inherent in the power of personal guaranty.


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