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What School Officials Need to Know about Student Data Privacy in Illinois

What School Officials Need to Know about Student Data Privacy in Illinois

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Data breaches have happened, and will continue to happen, to all different types of entities, including private businesses, charities, government offices, and schools.


Categories Privacy and Data Security Litigation


What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

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The incoming governor-elect of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker has promised to pass legislation that legalizes the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in Illinois for adults over the age of 21.


Categories Banking and Lending General Litigation


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


All Employers Need A Workplace Violence Policy or Plan

All Employers Need A Workplace Violence Policy or Plan

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Employers need to be proactive in formulating a written policy for workplace violence. The news is replete with stories of workplace violence. A disgruntled ex-employee, coworker or spouse of an employee, or sometimes just a random customer or stranger walks in and violence breaks out.


Categories Employment Law


Illinois Expanded Its ‘Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act’ to Require Paid Breaks for Nursing Moms

Illinois Expanded Its ‘Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act’ to Require Paid Breaks for Nursing Moms

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The Illinois Legislature recently approved amendments to the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, 820 ILCS 260, changing nursing mothersunpaid breaks to paid. Under 820 ILCS 260, Section 10, any covered employer must provide paid breaks to mothers needing time to express breast milk:


Categories Employment Law


Some Lawsuits Against Motor Carriers and Shippers May Be Barred under the Hazardous Material Transportation Act

Some Lawsuits Against Motor Carriers and Shippers May Be Barred under the Hazardous Material Transportation Act

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A Motor Carrier or Shipper who is engaged in the transportation of hazardous materials, such as explosives, radioactive material and other chemicals deemed hazardous by the United States Department of Transportation, may be able to protect themselves under the Hazardous Material Transportation Act 1 from liability in negligence or strict liability actions brought in state or federal courts.


Categories Commercial Transportation Law


Legislative Update:  South Dakota Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

Legislative Update: South Dakota Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

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Earlier this year, South Dakota passed the state’s first data breach notification law. Prior to passage of the law, South Dakota was one of only two states that did not have a state data breach notification law. The law went into effect this past July.


Categories Privacy and Data Security Litigation


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.


Categories Business Law


Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

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To most attorneys, alternative dispute resolution means resolving a case through either mediation or arbitration. A third rarely used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is binding mediation. In the right situation, binding mediation may yield better results for all of the parties. In this article, we discuss the various alternative dispute resolution options and drill down on the benefits of binding mediation.


Categories General Litigation


Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

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I. Consider the Following Scenario…

Pretend that you are an investor in a new restaurant with a chef who desires to leave her current position. She thinks she will run an amazing restaurant.In addition, she even learned some delicious secret recipes from her current employer!


Categories Business Law General Litigation


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