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Some employers might think they have received a windfall when they allow or even encourage employees to use their laptops, smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices  for work, whether at the office or during non-working hours.  After all, the employer probably has not provided or paid for the employee’s own mobile device or the costs associated with it.  How can the employer go wrong? But the employer can go wrong.  Requiring or even allowing employees to use their own personal devices for work raises multiple work-related, legal concerns and can expose the employer to potential liability.  For example, use of the non-exempt employee’s own mobile device for work during non-working hours may trigger liability for overtime.  Consider employer liability when an employee who is using his or her personal cell phone or other mobile device while driving on comp...
  SB3552 Enrolled   LRB098 18619 JLK 55710 b 1       AN ACT concerning local government.   2       Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3   represented in the General Assembly:   4       Section 5. The Counties Code is amended by changing Section 5   5-1133 as follows:  6       (55 ILCS 5/5-1133) 7       Sec. 5-1133. Counties of greater than 300,000 but less than 8   2,000,000; reporting of information; code of conduct for county 9   appointees. 10       (a) A county board in a county with a population greater 11   than 300,000 but less than 2,000,000 ...
Richmond Township is expected to publish 2014 Tax Assessments June 11, 2014. You will have 30 days from publication file an appeal. For more information about filing deadlines please visit the McHenry County Assessors Office Website https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/assessments/township-filing-deadlines Richmond Township Assessor Information McHenry Township Assessor Information: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/assessments/township-assessor-information...
Introduction to and Overview of Illinois Law An Illinois employer who falls within the purview of the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act) must consider many factors when drafting a pregnancy and parental-leave policy.  The Act prohibits discrimination in employment with regards to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges and conditions of employment.  Among the categories protected by the Act is sex, which is defined as the status of being male or female.  [775 ILCS 5/1-102(A); 775 ILCS 5/1-103(O)] Accordingly, the Act protects both males and females from discrimination in employment on the basis of sex.  While the Act explicitly prohibits discrimination against both male and female employees, an employer may lose sight of this tenet when it prepares a pregnancy ...
Jacqueline H. Lower joins Prime Law Group           Prime Law Group is proud to announce that Jacqueline H. Lower has joined the firm. Ms. Lower practices in the multi-disciplinary area of employment, discrimination and labor law, providing counsel, evaluation, and representation appertaining to a full range of employment and labor-related and discrimination matters. Ms. Lower defends and prosecutes actions on behalf of a variety of employers and employees in federal and state courts and in state and federal administrative agencies. With approximately thirty years of experience in employment, discrimination,  and labor law, Ms. Lower has represented both employers and employee under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Illinois Human Rights Act; the Fair Labor S...
January 1, 2014 marked the start of the mad rush for supporters of conceal and carry in Illinois to apply for their permits. It's been a long time coming, as Illinois was the last state in the Union to adopt some form of right-to-carry legislation. Granted, the State did so only after a Federal Court, in reversing the Illinois Supreme Court, ruled that citizens have a right to keep AND bear arms, which includes carrying a firearm outside of one's home, Moore v. Madigan. According to FOX News Chicago, as of March 4, 2014, about 50,000 applications for conceal and carry had been filed, with nearly 5,000 permits being approved, and a relatively small number of applications being denied. According to their research, approximately 100 applications received objections from local and/or outside law enforcement agencies, resulting in a denial being sustained by the Illinois State Police. ...

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Speeding laws have been amended recently.    You may have heard that the speed limit upon some Illinois interstate highways has been raised to 70 mph. However, you may not have heard that the threshold for a class A or class B misdemeanor speeding charge has been lowered by 5 mph. You will now be charged with a class B misdemeanor speeding charge under Sec. 11-601.5 if you exceed the speed limit by 26 mph; down from the previous 31 mph. Similarly, to be charged with a class A misdemeanor charge under Sec. 11-601.5 you need now only exceed the speed limit by 35 mph; down from the previous 40 mph. If stopped speeding more than 26 miles above the limit, you will likely be arrested and have to post bail! If you have more questions regarding this law, call us, or feel free to post a question on this thread. ...
Kathleen M. Laughlin joins Prime Law Group Prime Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Kathleen M. Laughlin to its Woodstock office.  Ms. Laughlin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Laughlin’s legal experience consists of criminal prosecution as well as civil litigation.  While at Prime Law Group, LLC, Ms. Laughlin will be responsible for municipal prosecution, civil litigation, and family law.  Previously, she was a criminal prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, in Arizona, and the Scott County Attorney's Office, in Minnesota, where she prosecuted traffic offenses, personal, property, and violent crimes. Ms. Laughlin has tried several cases to successful verdicts.  Ms. Laughlin is a member of the McHenry and...

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Are you Named in a Lawsuit? If you are named as a Defendant in a lawsuit do not merely ignore the problem.  Doing nothing is a mistake.   Many people who are served with a Complaint, naming them as a Defendant in a lawsuit, do absolutely nothing.  In these cases, the Plaintiff can easily attain an order of default, a judgment from the Court, and statutory interest and/or attorney's fees in some cases.     You have rights.  By merely appearing and properly answering the Complaint you will force the Plaintiff to actually prove it's case against you.  This will, in most cases, save you money since you can call into question any exorbitant amounts the Plaintiff seeks, and will potentially allow you an opportunity to settle the matter for less than you may actually owe.   Timely addressing litigation, at the outset, is worth the time and effort.  Don't just hand the Pla...

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Don’t be caught off guard by new laws taking effect in Illinois for 2014.   Some highlights: ·       You can’t talk on your cell phone anymore in the car without a hands free device. ·       Seventeen year olds can now vote in primaries if they turn 18 before the general election.    ·       Construction zone fines are lower if there are no workers present. ·       Medical Marijuana is now legal. ·       Interstate Highway speed limit is going to 70 unless your county opts out.  http://www.slideshare.net/ilsendems/top-14-new-illinois-laws-for-2014-29124109...

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