By: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds Illinois employers already need to exercise caution to avoid prematurely inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history in violation of the Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, effective January 1, 2015. Soon, there could be a need for Illinois employers to avoid asking job applicants about their salary history. In […]

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March 1st, 2018

Posted In: Employment & Labor

By: Kim M. Casey The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure which became effective on December 1, 2017 make changes to the timing of the filing of proofs of claim in a bankruptcy case and alter the procedure for determining the amount of a claim and the value of any security that is held by the […]

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February 12th, 2018

Posted In: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

By: Philip R. Frankfort As a result of legislation signed by Governor Rauner on December 13, 2017 (P.A. 100-0564) all Illinois prescribers must now register with the Prescription Monitoring Program (“PMP”) and in certain circumstances interact with the PMP’s database. Specifically, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (“Act”) has been amended to add a new section […]

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January 29th, 2018

Posted In: Healthcare

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: Announcements

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: Announcements

Content Editor: Maryjo F. Pirages Reynolds Original Author Credit: Allison M. Huntley At the end of each year, business owners reflect on the viability of their organizations, and for a variety of reasons, they decide to discontinue operations. When shareholders decide to dissolve a corporation, questions about director and shareholder liability arise. In Illinois, there […]

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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

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