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 –…

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…

Documenting Loans: A Best Practice

Many people have or will lend money to other people in their lifetimes.  Often parents lend money to children.  Sometimes friends lend money to friends.  Businesspeople lend money to other businesspeople.  There are many contexts in which one person loans money to another person.  Shareholders of the corporation borrow money from their corporations, or the…

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.…

New UCC Forms Notice from the Illinois Secretary of State

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) forms have changed for perfecting UCC liens. If you make UCC filings in Illinois, be sure you are using the new forms required as of July 1, 2013.  The following notice is posted on the Secretary of State’s Business Services website: Effective July 1, 2013, Public Act 97-1034 amends the…

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…