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When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic The recourse rules for employees are complicated and somewhat untested By Rosie Wolf Williams, April 8, 2020 Millions of Americans have been instructed by their employers to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what if your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re dealing with an autoimmune deficiency, going through medical treatments or recovering from an illness? Do you have any recourse? The question is a piercing one for some workers right now, since showing up could increase their risk…
The Small Business Guide to Unemployment Insurance By Sammi Caramela, Contributing WriterUpdated: March 30, 2020 Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock When an employee loses their job, unemployment insurance pays out to ensure the individual is properly supported for the time being. If you have employees, you are required to pay into State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) and the Federal Unemployment Insurance Act (FUTA). To apply for unemployment benefits, employees will need to file a claim with their state’s unemployment insurance program. In life, there are moments and roadblocks we never would have predicted. Take COVID-19, for instance: We are experiencing trying times, and small businesses…
This webinar delves into the mistakes commonly made by employers, and endeavors to provide attendees with the tools needed to help find and fix potential wage and hour pitfalls. CHICAGO (PRWEB) MARCH 02, 2020 Compliance with federal (as well as state) wage and hour laws returned to the forefront towards the end of the Obama administration when it appeared that the salary threshold that applied to exempt employees would be increased significantly. While the proposed change will not happen, the Trump administration has signaled that the threshold will nonetheless likely increase. Regardless of where the new threshold lands, employers must nonetheless…
With all of the virus fear going on, I’d like to thank the 37 business owners & operators, who attended my presentation last Wednesday 3/11 at Chicago’s City Hall. The room was packed elbow-to-elbow. My presentation concerned employee handbooks & policies. I actually considered cancelling the presentation, but since the city kept it on, I figured I should too. It was an extremely lively 90-minute Q & A discussion. Thanks to the City of Chicago & those who attended! 3/11 Presentation @ Chicago’s City Hall: Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies
3/11/20, Employee (HR) Handbooks & Workplace Policies, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805. Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney. Open discussion concerning whether a business needs a handbook, written policies & procedures, & how to implement them. It’s free to attend. You can register at 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
Thanks to Bob Carroll, Executive Vice President, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants & host of the podcast Employee Relations Words of Wisdom for interviewing me on his 1/29/20 podcast. We talked about changes in the NLRB for 2020. We also discussed predictions for union organizing activity & new organizing targets we might see in 2020.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINlJKa6FL8
One of the key roles I play as a litigator, advocate & leader is handling witness tampering & threats against witnesses & parties involved in investigations. Here’s a general rundown of how I handle these concerns. Note that this is general advice & not intended as a be-all end-all solution. In other words, “don’t try this at home” without having the proper preparation & support. First some context. Half of the the investigations or litigation that’s involved concern in-house investigations conducted by the business’ owners, operators, HR people & the business’ own attorneys, sometimes me. The other half concern investigations…
12/18/19 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. A Legal Update on Policies and Procedures in the Employment Law Landscape City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805 Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment and Human Resource Attorney A discussion of all of the changes that have gone into effect this year, and that will probably be in effect next year, including the minimum wage, paid time off, fair work week, overtime wage exemptions, asking job candidates about salary/wage history & sexual harassment training. It’s free to attend. You can register at 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org
It’s always cool to see positive media articles about clients. So, I’m especially pleased to post this article from yesterday’s Chicago Tribune about Necessary and Sufficient cafe in Chicago. Kate became a client of mine after attending a few of my City Hall presentations & asking me some difficult questions. Cozy coffee shop with a walk-up window opens in Logan Square, plus more Chicago restaurant news By  CHICAGO TRIBUNE | OCT 30, 2019 | 12:00 PM Necessary and Sufficient is a woman-owned coffee shop in Logan Square. (Grace Wong / Chicago Tribune) When Kate Vrijmoet first moved to Chicago, she started…
Exit interviews are usually perfunctory and meaningless for two reasons: departing employees don’t really care to provide insight to a company they’re leaving, and organizations tend to brush off these remarks. According to a 2018 survey by HR Bartender, most employees leave for better compensation and benefits, increased opportunities for advancement, more supportive managers, and flexible work schedules. However, if companies take the approach that they can’t increase wages, create additional opportunities for advancement, or let employees work from home three days a week, they may consider exit interviews a waste of time. But often, employees may be leaving for…
This webinar discusses the various issues to consider not only when making the decision to terminate, but also in the weeks and months leading up to that point. CHICAGO (PRWEB) AUGUST 05, 2019 Whether an employee is being let go due to poor performance or serious misconduct, chances are that he or she may take issue with the company’s decision. In the event the terminated employee decides to visit the nearest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office or meet with a plaintiff’s attorney, you want to make sure you have taken steps to minimize risk and give your organization its best chance…
A Small Business Guide to Unemployment Insurance By Sue Marquette Poremba, Contributing Writer; July 26, 2019 12:30 pm EST Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock No one plans to lose their job. However, when a small business owner closes their doors because of retirement, relocation or poor sales, employees quickly become former employees. Unemployment insurance gives your employees some financial security while they look for a new job. There is a lot of confusion surrounding unemployment insurance, such as who pays for it, who is eligible, and if you can opt out of providing this benefit. Our guide answers questions about unemployment insurance, the tax…
When your game-changing idea is shaking up established industries and attracting customers left and right, protecting that idea, is probably high on your list. So how do you prevent your trade secrets—and your database of clients—from falling into the wrong hands? Many companies rely on a non-compete agreement. Also known as a covenant not to compete, the document states that your employees will not start a competing business or work for a competitor for a specific period of time after they leave your company. While these agreements may seem like a good idea, they’ve been roundly lambasted for being unfair—and…