“We Don’t Make Jokes Like That Around Here”: #MeToo, Sexual Harassment, and the Role of the Legal Counselor

As I scrolled through my newsfeed a couple weeks back and saw the stream of “Me too’s” saturating it, while I was angry and disgusted at the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault, I was mostly in awe of the bravery of all the women putting themselves out there to be counted. Think about the thought process and emotions [...]

2017-11-07T21:31:39+00:00November 7th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law|

Can you fire Nazis in Illinois?

In light of the recent Nazi protests occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia, many employers are left wondering when they can fire employees for being a Nazi, or for activities done outside of the workplace. Employers are facing important questions, such as: Can you fire an employee for being a Nazi? Can you fire an employee for posting a swastika or [...]

2017-08-18T21:22:05+00:00August 18th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law|

NEW Mandatory Sick Leave In Cook County (and Other New Sick Leave Laws)

There have been some important updates in Employee Sick Leave Laws in Illinois! Chicago, Cook County, and the state of Illinois have all had some changes to their laws regarding sick leave. Chicago and Cook County now have mandatory sick leave for almost all employers with employees in their jurisdiction. Read below for more details about the new sick leave [...]

2017-06-13T18:40:12+00:00June 13th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law, Startups|

My Employee Wants to Bring Their Service Dog to Work, Can I Say No?

In our recent blog, “Businesses & the ADA- Do I Have to Let Service Dogs into My Business?” we talked about the requirements that businesses have to accommodate customers with service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Here, we want to explain some of the differences and additional requirements on businesses to accommodate employees with service animals. [...]

2016-12-12T15:43:36+00:00December 12th, 2016|Employers, Service Dogs, Small Business Law|