Changes in Illinois corporate political activity laws
This article explores the major changes and court challenges to the Illinois lobbying law, changes to the Chicago lobbying law, changes in the Illinois “Pay-to-Play” law, and changes in the Illinois Procurement Code that are effective this year.
A commentary on guns at work
Today Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that do not permit some form of carrying a concealed firearm, and each year bills are introduced in the Illinois legislature that would permit concealed carrying, but have not yet seen the light of day. But, in March 2009, more than 5,100 gun owners marched in Springfield to demand a right to carry a concealed weapon, and plan on doing it again in March 2010, and until a law is finally passed.
Employee benefits in a multi-generational workplace
Thoughtful planning will enable any company to motivate and reward its diverse workforce with valuable benefits that will keep the workers happy and the company’s productivity goals on target.
Retailer crowd control—OSHA steps into the picture
In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee died after being knocked down and trampled by a crowd of “Black Friday” shoppers in New York. In July of 2009, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) cited Wal-Mart, claiming it should have foreseen the possibility that crowds of shoppers could crush employees and it proposed a $7,000 fine, the maximum penalty amount for a serious violation.
So you think you might want to go public someday
Addressing the issues presented in this article will assure that your company is not only ready but positioned to succeed regardless of whether the decision to go public is ultimately implemented.
Workplace time bombs
The author addresses two common workplace "time bombs" that could potentially explode into lawsuits for the employer.