Red Tape Unwrapped: Mayor Lightfoot Eases Small Business License and Permit Applications

It’s Christmas come early! Earlier this week, Mayor Lightfoot gave an early present to small business owners outside of the Loop. She released a plan to streamline small business licensing, which would open five regional centers to help with licensing issues. Currently, these matters can only be handled downtown at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) [...]

A Rude Awakening: Kylie Jenner Tries to Trademark “Rise and Shine”

Another day, another celebrity filing a trademark application to coopt an everyday expression. At the center of this case: Kylie Jenner and the household wakeup call “Rise and Shine”.  Following the online explosion of a video of Jenner serenading her daughter with the familiar refrain, she immediately sought to capitalize on the phenomenon by selling sweatshirts with a logo [...]

2019-11-06T13:06:14-06:00November 6th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Small Business Law, Trademarks|

The Spooky Business of the Seasonal Halloween Pop-Up

As the leaves fall every autumn, a seasonal specter rises to suffuse sepulchral storefronts with spirit and spook: the Halloween pop-up shop. For a few weeks every year, dusty ‘For Lease’ signs relinquish their vigil to bright orange-and-black banners broadcasting their bounty to the well-flannelled masses. Where do these stores come from? Where do they go? How can seasonal [...]

Freelancing Flourishes: Finding Success on Your Terms

Owning a business is no cakewalk and, as with most facets of modern life, being a woman makes it harder. From the gender pay gap to the lack of maternity leave to discrimination and harassment in the workplace, the barriers facing professional women are well-documented. If they fall into other underrepresented communities – women of color, queer women, disabled [...]

Strengthened Illinois Equal Pay Act Combats the Gender Pay Gap

On July 31st, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law House Bill 2462, an amendment to the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Previously passed through the legislature in 2017 and 2018, it was struck down both times by previous Gov. Rauner. The bill introduces provisions which prevent an employer from discriminating against job applicants based on their previous wage [...]

2019-08-01T09:23:03-05:00August 1st, 2019|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|