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Thinking of becoming a Federal Contractor? Consider these employment law requirements first. Any business looking to become a federal contractor or subcontractor must take note of the employment law requirements associated with these contracts. There are three federal laws and Read More….
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Illinois Non-solicitation Agreements Non-solicitation agreements are provisions in employment agreements which, in the event that the employee leaves the company, prohibit the employee for contacting valuable customers or employees. Non-solicitation agreements most commonly extend to employees, clients, and patients of Read More….
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Illinois Freedom to Work Act – New Restrictions on Non-Compete Agreements The recently enacted Illinois Freedom to Work Act (“IFWA”) (820 ILCS 90/1-90/10) imposes new restrictions on non-compete agreements. These changes have left employers scrambling to reconsider the ways in Read More….
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Strategies for Calculating Adequate Consideration under the Illinois Freedom to Work Act The Illinois Freedom to Work Act (“IFWA”) (820 ILCS 90/1-90/10) makes it clear that invalid non-compete agreements are prohibited and subject to penalties for each violation. Given the Read More….
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Overtime Pay – Exempt versus Non-Exempt The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Read More….
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Pitfalls and Challenges in Obtaining a Tax Deed Most properties sold at the annual tax sale result in redemption. “Redemption” is the formal name for the repayment of the unpaid taxes by the owner or interested party. Depending on your Read More….
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Buying a Tax Lien – Understanding the process and obligations. There are three kinds of tax lien sales in Illinois; Annual, Forfeiture and Scavenger Sales.  The annual and forfeiture sales are similar in that the buyer purchases the tax lien Read More….
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Quiet Title – Avoiding Property Disputes Before They Happen. How many neighbors have fallen out over an extension that has been built, blocking out some of the sunlight into the next-door neighbor’s house, or a hedge planted over the property line, Read More….
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Recent Changes to Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Creates New Risk for Primary Contractors The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (Wage Act) is a powerful statute which creates significant penalties for employers who fail to pay their employees earned wages and Read More….
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When a relative dies without a will, your family may not know what to do. Problems you may encounter include how to deal with funeral expenses, how to cover immediate bills, and what to do about the estate. No Will? Read More….
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SUBROGATION: ITS APPLICATION BY ILLINOIS COURTS.  In Illinois, the general rule is that lien priority is awarded to whoever records a lien against property first.  This concept is often referred to as “first in time, first in right.”  UnionBank v. Read More….
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Real Estate Transactions and Powers of Attorney (what if I cannot make the closing) Selling your home can be stressful. Between home repairs, costs, and the frustration of moving, it is enough to be a full-time job. This is usually Read More….
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