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Illinois Businesses Should Look At The Model ABA Rules For Guidance On Virtual Practice

Illinois Businesses Should Look At The Model ABA Rules For Guidance On Virtual Practice

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More than a year has passed since businesses moved to a virtual format in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Covid-19 is still circulating and new strains, including some more virulent strains, are still a concern for much of the world. We can no longer assume that the remote work place is merely a temporary convenience. While some businesses are in the process of returning their workers to the office, for many businesses, virtual offices is here to stay. All businesses, but especially small businesses, need to explore how to keep private client information confidential. Confidentiality is important not only for state and federal compliance laws, but also to serve client needs and expectations.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


Passing of Former Partner -Bruce Marr

Passing of Former Partner -Bruce Marr

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It is with sadness that we share that our former partner and good friend, Bruce Marr, passed away after a long illness. Bruce was a great contributor and mentor to younger attorneys in the firm. We will miss his good humor and friendship. Rest In Peace, Bruce.


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Four McKenna Storer Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers for 2021

Four McKenna Storer Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers for 2021

McKenna Storer is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers recently recognized Greg Cochran, Sara Cook, Thomas Lucas and Alexander Sweis. These exceptional attorneys are recognized by their peers for their outstanding work and commitment to the spirit of the legal profession. Their knowledge of the law, professional work ethic, and advocacy on behalf of their clients allow them to stand out among other attorneys in the field.


Categories McKenna News & Events


Illinois State Legislature Casts a Dark Shadow Over All Litigants With New Bill Setting 9% Prejudgment Interest To Accrue From Notice Of Injury

Illinois State Legislature Casts a Dark Shadow Over All Litigants With New Bill Setting 9% Prejudgment Interest To Accrue From Notice Of Injury

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At the urging of the Plaintiffs’ bar, the Illinois State Legislature—at the last minute in a lame duck session, passed a draconian and unconstitutional new measure that will harm tort litigants for years to come if it is signed by the Governor and becomes law. Currently, prejudgment interest does not accrue on personal injury claims. The legislation—House Bill 3360, provides that prejudgment interest would accrue from notice of the injury, not the date of filing suit, and at a rate of 9%.


Categories General Litigation Legal Updates


Illinois Right to Fire for Political Speech and Conduct

Illinois Right to Fire for Political Speech and Conduct

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The world watched as thousands marched in protest and others stormed the US Capital Building this past week. The identities of few but the faces of many have been displayed on mainstream media and social media channels. Some with more frequency than others. Some of those faces may belong to your employees.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation


Employers Can Avoid Penalties for Failing to Comply with Illinois’ Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Law

Employers Can Avoid Penalties for Failing to Comply with Illinois’ Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Law

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The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act required all employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and requires training thereafter on an annual basis. If your company failed to do so, there is still time to comply to avoid penalties.


Categories Business Law Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


Mandatory Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Receive Approval from the EEOC

Mandatory Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Receive Approval from the EEOC

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Employers may be able to mandate that employees get a COVID-19 vaccination before returning to the workplace. The EEOC has updated its COVID-19 webpage to include a section regarding guidance on whether an employer-mandated vaccination policy would violate various federal laws. While the EEOC guidance does not directly state that mandatory vaccination policies are lawful, it addresses various other employee protection laws predicated on the notion that such a mandate is lawful. According to the EEOC, employers are required to provide a safe workplace in which “….an individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of individuals in the workplace.”


Categories Business Law COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Health Care Law Legal Updates


Are “Karen Jokes” Just a Joke or Potential Evidence Against Employers of a Hostile Work Environment or Discrimination?

Are “Karen Jokes” Just a Joke or Potential Evidence Against Employers of a Hostile Work Environment or Discrimination?

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We have all seen “Karen Memes” or heard the “OK, Karen” refrain stated in response to what is basically a white, middle-aged woman, in a public place, acting in a manner that appears to stem from a sense of privilege. Karen memes show a white woman yelling to speak to a manager, belittling a worker, or allegedly carrying out microaggressions toward an individual of another race. “OK, Karen” is often stated as a joking rebuke to a perceived inappropriate response by a woman to a question or situation.


Categories Business Law Employment Law


Illinois’ Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training- Reminder

Illinois’ Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training- Reminder

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Time is running out. The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act requires all employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in the State of Illinois. There is no Covid-19 pandemic response reprieve.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


Municipal Authority and Liability During COVID-19 Pandemic

Municipal Authority and Liability During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our world in a variety of ways we could have never imagined. Opinions on the danger of the virus and how to deal with it also vary greatly. Perhaps the primary issue in the United States, and other countries, is how to balance public health and safety against the economic strain of mandated business shutdowns or restrictions. While the health, safety, and welfare of their constituents remains the top priority of most elected officials, pressure from the business community to help ensure its survivability has intensified during the recent coronavirus resurgence.


Categories COVID19 General Litigation Legal Updates


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