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What is Business Startup Consulting?

Starting a business is not easy. It will require you to make several key decisions, and we want to help. Often times, businesses do not quickly turn a profit and the owner may not be able to afford their own salary. This, as well as several other considerations, are on the horizon as you begin your business startup journey. Our goal for this blog is to help you understand what you will need to consider as a new business owner. Related blog: A Prescription for Starting a Healthy Business Financial...

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Illinois Workplace Transparency Act

Effective January 1, 2020, all employers who contract with employees and non-employees (including all contractors) should review, and likely revise, all employment agreements, including separation/severance agreements because all noncompliant agreements will now be void. Here are the three types of agreements regulated: Employment agreements containing nondisclosure or nondisparagement provisions Employment agreements containing arbitration provisions Employment agreements containing confidentiality provisions The Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) prohibits employers from contractually restricting a prospective, current, or former employee’s ability to report allegations of unlawful conduct, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, for investigation by...

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Illinois Human Rights Act Amendments

There were three key changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act, effective January 1, 2020. The three key changes are as follows: Expanded prohibition of harassment and discrimination Requires employers to report on adverse judgments and settlements Requires employers to provide annual sexual harassment training Specifics of sexual harassment training requirements Model training program by IDHR will be available at no cost Training must include: Explanation of sexual harassment Examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment Summary of relevant state and federal laws prohibiting sexual harassment and the remedies...

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Recreational & Medical Marijuana Use in Illinois

Some states, including Illinois, have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Effective January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) defines marijuana as a lawful product for state purposes. The impact on employers in Illinois is that this act broadly amends the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to prohibit discrimination against individuals who use lawful products off premises during nonworking and non-call hours. However, employers can discriminate (i.e. take disciplinary action) against employees if use impairs an employee’s ability to perform assigned duties. Some other notes...

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