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By: Maryjo Pirages Reynolds Illinois employers with 15 or more employees have been required by the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”) to provide unpaid leave to employees who were victims or in a family/household of a victim of domestic or sexual violence. VESSA was recently amended to require that all Illinois employers, regardless […]

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July 26th, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Leave Laws

By: Maryjo Pirages Reynolds Beginning on September 18, 2017, all employers must use a revised Form I-9, which was just published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new Form I-9 has a revision date in the bottom left-hand corner of “07/17/17 N” and is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. The new Form I-9 updates the […]

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July 18th, 2017

Posted In: Employment & Labor, Immigration

On June 15, 2017, Attorney Michael Jon Shalbrack received the Seely P. Forbes Memorial Award, one of the Winnebago County Bar Association’s highest honors. This award recognizes an individual for their extensive community service and strong moral character. Mike had no idea that he was even a nominee for the prestigious Award. He said, “I […]

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June 16th, 2017

Posted In: HK Announcements

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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August 10th, 2016

Posted In: Trusts & Estates

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