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Face masks are required in Illinois. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities recognized by the ADA. Accommodations regarding masks vary by situation, but the ADA is not a blanket protection against wearing a mask. Can I Make My Employee Wear a Mask Under the ADA? Public health requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused contention for many businesses and individuals, few as much as being forced to wear a mask.…
After months of delays, Illinois finally released top scores for coveted cannabis dispensary licenses. The 75 available licenses went to only 21 companies. These companies will be entered into a lottery, which the state will hold next month. The scoring process and implementation of the law have come under intense scrutiny. Allegations of unfair scoring and mismanagement of the social equity intent of the law triggered multiple lawsuits. Illinois Dispensary Licenses Released Illinois’ long-awaited announcement…
PLLCs now required. Professionals licensed by the IDFPR: there has been a major change to the LLC statute in Illinois. It likely affects you and your business. Previously, licensed professionals were able to form their businesses as LLCs. Now, these businesses must register as a Professional LLC (PLLC). This change went largely unenforced, but no longer. Attention IDFPR Licensed Professionals: An Illinois LLC Statute Change Applies to You Are you a professional licensed by the…
In the last bit of employment news last week, the BACP reminded employers of the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance. Enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ordinance protects workers from retaliation for obeying certain health orders related to COVID-19. What Health Orders are Covered Under Chicago’s Anti-Retaliation Ordinance? The Anti-Retaliation Ordinance applies to several kinds of health orders: Stay at home to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. For example: A stay-at-home order closes your workplace and…
Earlier this week, on July 1st, 2020, Chicago enacted the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance. Coming at the same time as an increase in the minimum wage, the Ordinance supports and enforces workers’ rights to a fair and predictable schedule. The Ordinance requires certain employers to post schedules 10 days in advance and pay employees extra for sudden schedule changes, plus a couple of other requirements. Do the new scheduling requirements apply to your business?…
Today, July 1st 2020, Chicago’s minimum wage goes up. The increase marks the second stage of a plan to incrementally reach $15.00/hour by 2021. The BACP published full rules on their website; here are the essential details: What is the Minimum Wage in Chicago? The minimum wage used to be $13.00 across the board. The rules taking effect today (July 1st, 2020) introduce a little more nuance. The minimum wage now depends on the…
Freelancers work at the mercy of the market. If you’re freelancing during COVID-19, the see-sawing economy may make you want to shelve your business for a while. But this may actually be the ideal time to officially form an LLC for your freelancing business. Seems crazy, right? But official registration confers many benefits, we think that by the end of this post you’ll agree. Here are the top five reasons why freelancers should form an
“Social equity” status was a trademark of Illinois’s cannabis legalization legislation. It aims to give a leg up to license applicants from overpoliced, underinvested, and primarily minority neighborhoods. However, despite the promise of fairness, they must wait a while longer. Cannabis Licenses for New Businesses Delayed The state postponed the issuance of 75 new dispensary licenses for recreational adult use of cannabis until mid-July, more than two months past the target date of May 1st.…
Last updated June 9th, 2020   Another day, another round of revisions to the PPP. On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“the Act”), a set of changes to the current rules for the paycheck protection program. Three days later, the SBA administrator and US Treasury Secretary issued a statement “clarifying” the rules in the Act. The news is mostly good, but don’t get too excited just yet –…
Yesterday, I attended a Meet Up of a group of small business owners on Belmont Ave. There are already a lot of great businesses there, and they are working hard to make Belmont Ave. even more of a destination. It is a great place to go, especially if you are working on keeping all of your health and wellness New  Year’s resolutions. From an awesome pilates The post Belmont Now – A Great Group of