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Summer is here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sun than with your favorite artist or band. This summer will be jam-packed with music festivals all over the United States. We’re here to keep you updated on everything you need to know about your favorite foreign artist, and whether they’ll be able to play this summer. Find out which foreign artists will be rocking the stage, information for traveling fans, and the most updated CDC guidelines so you can be fully prepared for your festival experience. Your favorite artist just might be traveling to the U.S. for a…
Since the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act (Act) became effective in January 2004, housing affordability has inspired much debate in Illinois.  The Act requires all non-exempt municipalities (those with less than 10% affordable housing units in their communities) to adopt an affordable housing plan that includes, at a minimum, (1) a report indicating how many affordable units would need to be constructed to make a local government exempt from the reporting requirements (i.e., how many units would be needed to make 10% of all year-round housing within the locality affordable); (2) information on plots of land and existing structures which…
Contributed By John R. Hayes, June 18, 2021 On June 10, 2021 OSHA issued its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for the health care industry, along with general guidance for all other employers, which we already touched on in a previous post. However, there remains a lot to unpack, as there are many unanswered questions, especially for the health care field.  Below we dig a bit deeper into the ETS and its practical implications for health care providers. Are you covered? The first question—and it is not as clear cut as it may seem—is whether the ETS applies to…
On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced significant modifications to its guidance issued on January 29, 2021 entitled Protecting Workers:  Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in the Workplace.  https://theblogforbusinesslaw.com/osha-announces-new-workplace-covid-19-enforcement-actions/  The new guidance adopts the recent relaxation of social distancing and mask wearing for fully vaccinated persons adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) in its Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html,  issued on May 13, 2021.  Most employers, excepting those in healthcare and public transportation, “no longer need to take steps to protect…
Don’t forgot to check out (and subscribe) to Ancel Glink’s employment law blog, The Workplace Report with Ancel Glink. A few recent posts are linked below: Federal Court Upholds Employer Mandate for the COVID-19 Vaccine Cybersecurity Tips Employers Should Know PSEBA Coverage Levels Now a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining EEOC Offiers Long-Awaited Guidance on Vaccinations What Local Governments Should Know about COBRA During the Pandemic       Related Stories Podcast Ep. 51: Parliamentary Procedures for Newly Elected Officials Trailer Bill to SAFE-T Act Sent to Governor Bills Propose Changes to Employee-Related Legislation  …
Following a 2016 change in Illinois law, couples who are seeking a divorce in Illinois no longer need to have a waiting period before finalizing their divorce. However, a waiting period of at least six months is only waived if both parties agree that there are irreconcilable differences and neither party objects to the divorce.  If spouses cannot agree that there are irreconcilable differences, or if one spouse objects to the other spouse petitioning for divorce, they must follow a law that requires them to live separate and apart for six months or longer before the divorce can take place.…
The Illinois Supreme Court is reallocating attorney registration fees to support organizations dedicated to attorney well-being and access to justice. Last week, the Court amended Rule 756 and Rule 751 to provide $10 from Illinois attorney registration fees to the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) and an additional $10 to the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission). The $10 allocation to LAP will expand its programming that provides confidential mental health and substance abuse support to Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families. The $10 allocation to the ATJ Commission will provide long-term funding for Illinois
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we hear from Patrick Krill, an attorney, researcher, and advocate for improved mental health in the legal profession. Patrick discusses his groundbreaking research on attorney well-being, why the employees who employers sent home aren’t the ones who will be returning, and how employers can meet these changing needs. He also asks us to examine our thinking around returning to the office: are we catastrophizing the worse-possible scenario? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:35 – You have a big study that just came out on attorney…
Budding lawyers should be prepared to take the bar exam in person beginning next year, according to recently announced plans from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The NCBE said in early June that February 2022 bar exam materials will be made available to jurisdictions for in-person testing only unless public health restrictions prohibit such plans. If this occurs, the NCBE will work with jurisdictions on another solution that will enable candidates to take the exam. Due to COVID-19, the NCBE, which develops the bar exam used in most U.S. jurisdictions, has made testing materials available for both in-person…
With the State moving to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan last week, municipalities should be aware of various changes affecting liquor sales and delivery. State Guidance on Temporary Delivery and Off-Premises Sales Ends July 1, 2021 The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) recently announced that many of its COVID-19 bulletins would be lifted July 1, 2021, including its “Guidance on Temporary Delivery of Alcoholic Liquor” and  “Guidance to Local Liquor Control Commissions for On-Premises Only Retailers.” The ILCC guidance allowed all licensed retailers, including on-premises only licensees, to make “to go” sales, curbside deliveries,…
Business interruption insurance & COVID Should business interruption insurance cover losses due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, even if said insurance policy contains a virus exclusion? A bar and restaurant based in Park Ridge and a former jewelry store in Chicago have gone to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to argue that their policies with West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. should cover such losses, which they say are due to the Illinois state government orders, not the virus itself. (Mashallah Inc. et al. v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., U.S. Seventh Circuit, 21-1507) Continue reading
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children 12 years and older, many parents are deciding if their child should get vaccinated. The decision can be even more complicated for co-parents who have differing opinions. This issue is not simply limited to the COVID-19 vaccine; it extends to all vaccinations available to children. What can parents do when they disagree about vaccinating their child? Get Medical Advice The first step is to have an open discussion with your child’s healthcare provider. Doctors can answer specific questions about vaccines, including potential side effects, and can help parents make informed…
Even after a resolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, your business will probably not return to its pre-Covid-19 normal, especially since your business may have accommodated or adjusted to a remote work force.  This decentralization means you may have to devote more time and resources in protecting your business’ intellectual, confidential and proprietary property and information.  In order to enhance your protection, your business should: Build and maintain strong and secure IT and communication systems that include your employees’ remote locations. Educate, instruct and empower employees to identify and report threats, avoid unsecure situations and be protective of your business property.…
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/4dc8bf_bc39c95455eb4040a0f748b776c7bded/1080p/mp4/file.mp4 The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), enacted on April 5, 2012, established a regulatory structure for startups and small businesses to raise capital through securities offerings through ,crowdfunding. On October 30, 2015, the SEC adopted the rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act (“Title III ”). Title III added Section 4(a)(6), to the Securities Act of 1933 for certain crowdfunding transactions (“Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF”). Some Diversity Aspects of Reg CF? Reg CF is an exemption from the registration requirements in Section 12(g) of the Security Exchange Act of 1934, which was…
Contributed By: John R. Hayes, June 14, 2021 A federal judge in Texas on June 12, 2021 dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas health care workers challenging their hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The scathing opinion by U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes left no doubt that he believed the claims of the 117 plaintiffs were without merit. The lawsuit was brought by employees of Houston Methodist Hospital, who had refused the vaccine, after the hospital in April announced a policy requiring  vaccination of all employees.  In early June, over 170 employees of the hospital were suspended for two weeks…