By: Ryan M. Gailey The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or the “Act”) became effective on October 3, 2008. BIPA codifies a right of action against private entities that fail to satisfy specific requirements regarding collection, retention, and destruction of an individual’s biometric information. The first penalties for violation of the Act were recently […]

February 7th, 2017

Posted In: Privacy, Security & Information Technology

By: Alexander J. Mezny The Illinois Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) requires businesses to allow use of existing sick leave to care for certain family members. Only one year old, the Act has already been expanded to include step-children and domestic partners (it already covered the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, […]

January 31st, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Policies & Agreements

HolmstromKennedy’s Real Estate Group was recently featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine. We currently have 9 attorneys who have been selected as Leading Lawyers, 3 of whom are part of the Real Estate Group. This distinction is received by less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state. In addition, we have 3 attorneys who […]

January 30th, 2017

Posted In: HK Announcements

By: Allison M. Huntley At the close of each year, business owners reflect on the viability of their respective organizations, and for a variety of reasons, they decide to discontinue operations. When shareholders decide to dissolve a corporation, one question that invariably arises is that of director and shareholder liability. In Illinois, there is a […]

December 30th, 2016

Posted In: Corporate & Business

By: Alexander J. Mezny and Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published Regulations that are effective as of December 1, 2016 and seek to prohibit retaliation in connection with the reporting of a workplace illness or injury. These Regulations require electronic submission of injury and illness information for employers with 250 […]

November 4th, 2016

Posted In: Discrimination/Retaliation, Employment & Labor, Policies & Agreements

By: Alexander J. Mezny The Illinois Freedom to Work Act bars employers from entering into covenants not to compete with employees who earn $13 per hour or less, effective January 1, 2017. Once the minimum wage increases beyond $13 per hour, the minimum wage will become the new threshold. The Act will not affect pre-existing […]

September 28th, 2016

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Policies & Agreements

By: Allison M. Huntley Trustees have many responsibilities surrounding trust administration. These duties can range from filing tax returns to distributing trust assets. If the trust requires the trustee to distribute more than $4,000 worth of assets to a charitable organization, the trustee may be required to register the trust with the Illinois Attorney General’s […]

August 10th, 2016

Posted In: Trusts & Estates

By: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) governs background checks which it refers to as “consumer reports.” Employers cannot be careful enough when running a background check on a current or prospective employee. Plaintiffs’ attorneys filed over 400 class action lawsuits last year in connection with improper background check procedures. Employers […]

August 10th, 2016

Posted In: Employment & Labor

By: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds I-9 audits can detect even inadvertent errors, saving employers from civil fines of up to $1,100 per improperly documented employee. Many employers are unintentionally violating the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and an I-9 audit can catch inaccuracies, instruct on best practices, and provide evidence of good faith […]

August 10th, 2016

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Immigration

By: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds In today’s world of non-stop social media, it may be tempting for an employer to do a quick search of an applicant’s name on Facebook. In less than 10 seconds, the employer can obtain access to an applicant’s photos and personal information, and likely, gain a decent understanding of his […]

June 21st, 2016

Posted In: Employment & Labor

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