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New Restrictions on Non-Compete Employment Contracts

Illinois continues to be an employee friendly state in some ways, including in the area of non-compete clauses. A non-compete clause, or covenant not to compete, is a provision of a contract in which one person agrees not to compete against another person or business after termination of the relationship. Employers often require employees to […]

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Hiring The Google Way

Education, skills and experience are important, but there is more to hiring than those traditional measures, so says Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google. Unless you have been living in a cave (with no Internet connection), you know that Google has dominated the world’s most competitive and lucrative market – […]

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Contractor Beware: An Employee Classification Pitfall

Did you know that people hired by contractors are presumed to be employees by state law? – even if a contract calls them independent contractors!     Beginning on January 14, 2014, individuals can be held liable for violations of the Employee Classification Act. If you are a contractor who employs independent contractors, you need to become familiar […]

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Employer Beware: Restrictive Covenants

A case recently decided in the First District Appellate Court in Illinois (Cook County) will have a big impact on employers and employees who impose or are subject to restrictive covenants (non-solicitation and con-competition) clauses. Restrictive covenants in employment are disfavored in the law, but they will traditionally be enforced if they are reasonable in […]

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Clarity on Employees with Disabilities – Accommodation Requires Ability to Perform the Job

Employers and employees, alike, often misunderstand the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act. Some employees believe that employers must accommodate just about anything, and some employers fear that is true. Two recent decisions from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the state of Illinois, provide some clarity. […]

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Crackdown on Unpaid Interns

Internships have long presented opportunities for students and recent graduates to obtain practical education in their chosen professions and valuable experience to enhance their resumes. Employers have long benefitted from the unpaid help of those same interns. In the headlines is the story of a New York State Court case just decided that may change […]

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