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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, only three new laws take effect this year that affect Illinois businesses. The statewide minimum wage increased. The minimum wage in Chicago will increase this summer. Chicago has also extended some licensing and permitting deadlines. New Laws for Businesses in 2021 Normally a new year brings a bevy of new laws. Last year’s legislative slate of over 50 laws included mandatory sexual harassment training, new protections for employees,…
The USPTO is raising many fees in 2021. Some other fees will decrease or go away. A trademark is still a worthwhile investment Trademark Cost Change: USPTO Updates Fees in 2021 How much does a trademark cost? The answer is about to change. On January 2nd, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will implement a fee change that’s been a couple of years coming. Many fees will rise, but some will decrease…
You know the glorious feeling of an unsolicited accolade? From a compliment in passing to an unexpected thank-you gift, it feels good, if often hard to accept. Practitioners of law are notoriously staid – and let’s be honest, business lawyers are usually on the less expressive side. No dramatic courtroom scenes like Bridge of Spies or 12 Angry Men or A Few Good Men for us (a lot of men here, I notice…).* All that…
Here at G & G Law, one of our core values is “highest ethics.” As lawyers licensed in Illinois, we’re obviously bound by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (“Illinois Rules”), and we take that responsibility seriously. Our “highest ethics” core value goes even further, though. In everything we do, we consider whether it is the right thing to do: for our clients, for our society, for our country, for our globe, for ourselves. Tuesday,…
Post written by Ian Saderholm I first heard the name “Shonda Rhimes” in college. My friends were raving about this new hit drama called How to Get Away With Murder. I never watched it, so I took merely passing notice. Later she popped up again with Scandal, another show not on my watchlist, though this time the name stuck. Eventually I found out that she created Grey’s Anatomy, a broadcast behemoth, and though in a…
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?…