Anti-Retaliation Ordinance: Employee Accommodations for COVID-19

In the last bit of employment news last week, the BACP reminded employers of the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance. Enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ordinance protects workers from retaliation for obeying certain health orders related to COVID-19. What Health Orders are Covered Under Chicago's Anti-Retaliation Ordinance? The Anti-Retaliation Ordinance applies to several kinds of health orders: Stay at [...]

2020-07-07T13:12:37-05:00July 7th, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

New Scheduling Requirements for Employers

Earlier this week, on July 1st, 2020, Chicago enacted the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance. Coming at the same time as an increase in the minimum wage, the Ordinance supports and enforces workers’ rights to a fair and predictable schedule. The Ordinance requires certain employers to post schedules 10 days in advance and pay employees extra for sudden schedule changes, [...]

2020-07-02T10:52:54-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

Minimum Wage Increases Today

Today, July 1st 2020, Chicago’s minimum wage goes up. The increase marks the second stage of a plan to incrementally reach $15.00/hour by 2021. The BACP published full rules on their website; here are the essential details: What is the Minimum Wage in Chicago? The minimum wage used to be $13.00 across the board. The rules taking effect today [...]

2020-07-01T09:43:05-05:00July 1st, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

The New PPP Rules: Updates from the Latest Law

Last updated June 9th, 2020   Another day, another round of revisions to the PPP. On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“the Act”), a set of changes to the current rules for the paycheck protection program. Three days later, the SBA administrator and US Treasury Secretary issued a statement “clarifying” the rules [...]

2020-06-15T10:43:54-05:00June 9th, 2020|Employers, Small Business Law|

PPP Stress: Our Founder’s Revelation

I recently had an epiphany about PPP loan forgiveness, thanks to a wise G & G Law attorney, Rebecca Lyon. For weeks, she was gently explaining to me that I didn’t need to stress about loan forgiveness quite so much. Global Pandemic Brain (anyone else experiencing this?) combined with cobbler’s children syndrome prevented me from understanding how the PPP [...]

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