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Fast Food Companies Agree to Drop “No-Poach” Provisions in Unfair Competition Settlement

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Prosecutors from a coalition of 13 states, including Illinois, and the District of Columbia recently announced a settlement with a handful of major fast food franchise corporations whose so-called “no-poach” employment policies were alleged to be anticompetitive and harmful to workers. Learn below about the targeted policies and the terms of the settlement, and… Read More »

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Illinois Governor Signs $15 Minimum Wage Bill into Law

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The new governor of the State of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, has recently signed a law that will raise the Illinois minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Business owners across the state are currently questioning the ways that the new law will change how they staff their businesses when the law takes full… Read More »

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Review Your Estate Plan

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Perhaps you’ve already taken the time to create an estate plan that carries out your wishes and makes the most of the assets you plan to leave to your heirs. You might assume that your estate planning responsibilities are over, but this simply isn’t the case. Your estate plan may need to be revisited… Read More »

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Digital Assets Deserve a Place in Your Illinois Estate Plan

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

You may not think of yourself as having “digital assets,” but if you’re reading this post online, then you almost certainly do. Digital assets include all the information and media we store online, such as emails, documents, photos and videos, as well as our social media accounts and digital subscriptions or bill pay accounts…. Read More »

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Illinois Federal Appeals Court Finds Average Hourly Wage Across Workweek is Relevant Unit for FLSA Minimum Wage

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Businesses or workers confronted with potential wage and hour violations are often faced with differing and competing methods for calculating the actual value of the wages being challenged for purposes of a lawsuit. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs federal law matters in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, recently resolved some of the… Read More »

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Illinois enacts new law regarding employee expenses

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The Illinois Legislature recently amended the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, requiring Illinois employers to reimburse employees for many employment-related expenses. Read on to learn about the new law requiring employers to reimburse employee expenses. The new law, which is effective on January 1, 2019, requires an employer to reimburse an employee for… Read More »

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Illinois State Police Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The Illinois State Police recently lost an attempt to receive a new trial after several former SWAT team members succeeded in a claim of age discrimination against their former employer. Read more about the case where older SWAT members face discrimination, and contact a knowledgeable and experienced Chicago employment attorney with any questions. Older… Read More »

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Are There Warning Signs of a Will Contest?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

When you spend time and effort drafting an estate plan, you want to trust that it will be carried out as written. A long and drawn-out legal contest of your will is the last thing you want for your heirs and loved ones after you pass. There is no way to know with certainty… Read More »

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Addressing Insurance in Your Commercial Lease

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

If you’re planning on leasing a new space for your small business, you know that you’ll need to carefully review a potential new lease. Most commercial tenants and landlords are focused on such terms as the amount in rent that the tenant will pay, what responsibilities either the tenant or landlord will have for… Read More »

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Illinois State Legislators Approve Several Bills Targeting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several bills in its most recent session that will now head to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk for approval. The potential new laws are coming in the wake of an overwhelming number of harassment complaints landing on the desks of human resource departments all over the state. Read on… Read More »

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