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Can the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory? Perspective for employers and employees.

COVID-19 vaccinations have already started in some parts of Illinois. As news of the vaccine rollout continues, many employers and employees are left with questions about vaccines in the workplace. Should it be required? Can it be required? Can I refuse the vaccine? No clear-cut answers exist, but current laws do provide guidance. Employer Perspective […]

New Federal Stimulus Package

UPDATE: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020. Nearly 9 months after the CARES Act was signed into law, Congress has agreed on a new federal stimulus package that is likely to be signed by President Trump, though he has voiced concerns over some aspects of the bill. […]

Employee’s Home Office not Sufficient to Establish Venue in Illinois

This past year, businesses across the country redefined the way business is conducted as many employees moved from corporate offices to home offices, kitchen tables, or family rooms. It is likely many conversations took place after this shift about liability and security threats for telecommuters, but court venue in a pending litigation probably did not […]

Judge rules that Pritzker can block evictions during pandemic

Judge John C. Anderson joined other judges who have upheld Pritzker’s authority to govern the State of Illinois through the COVID-19 pandemic by recently ruling in favor of Pritzker’s eviction moratorium during the pandemic regardless of the economic devastation caused to landlords. The lawsuit was brought on my landlords in the Chicago suburbs and Rockford […]

COVID-19 Workers Compensation Coverage for Essential Employees

An emergency rule has been added to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act [820 ILCS 305] and to the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act [820 ILCS 310] on April 13, 2020.  This emergency rule allows essential employees who become sick with COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for their illness. The emergency rule is in place for a […]

Force Majeure

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact businesses throughout the nation, many of our clients are seeking input on basic contract related issues. The effect of force majeure provisions in contracts and the applicability of business interruption insurance are two of the most commonly asked questions. What is force majeure? “Force majeure” translates literally as […]

The CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) has now been signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act has many facets to benefit businesses and individuals. Businesses This Act created a new Small Business Administration loan that provides money with the attractive feature that the amount borrowed may be forgiven […]

Estate Planning and Your Business

If you own a business, you likely know the extensive planning that is involved in operations to ensure the organization is successful. Similar to the time and attention that is devoted to running a successful business, it should come as no surprise that a carefully devised estate plan is crucial to an orderly management of […]

2019 Resolutions

We have now concluded the third week of the new year. You have probably made a list of resolutions focusing on various ways to improve your outlook in 2019. As the holiday season fades away and we get back to our normal routines, have you considered ways you may improve your life this year that […]

Why a Business Needs an Attorney

Starting a business is an energizing experience for those with the entrepreneurial spirit that often involves developing a partnership with various individuals – an accountant and a commercial banker for example. Often, business owners may overlook the benefits of legal representation both in forming the business and then beyond. Below are some reasons why having […]

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