Naperville Business Lawyer Discusses Lawsuit Against Payday Lender Over Non-Compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and an employer in which the employee agrees not to work for a competitor during his or her current employment and, often, for a defined period of time after he or she leaves the job. Many employers require new employees to sign non-competition agreements before starting […]

Naperville Business Attorney Discusses Credit Checks During the Hiring Process

When you are looking for new employees to add to your team, you want people who are motivated, hardworking, and reliable. Your staff is the backbone of your company, and if you cannot trust your employees, there is likely to be a great deal of friction on a daily basis. During my career as a […]

New Federal Overtime Rules May Affect Your Company’s Payroll

As a business owner, you rely on your employees to help keep your customers satisfied and help further your vision for the company. To that end, you probably realize the importance of keeping your employees happy with competitive wages, benefit packages, and reasonable vacation policies. In my practice as a business law attorney, I have […]

Naperville Business Attorney Discusses a Developing Wage-Related Class-Action Lawsuit

When you own and operate a business, you assume certain responsibilities to your employees. Some of them are ethical and moral obligations, such as treating each one with dignity and respect, regardless of his or her personal background. Others are legal requirements, such as those that pertain to the payment of wages for hours worked. […]

Illinois Attorney General Sues Sandwich Chain Over Non-Compete Agreements

When you own a company or a franchise, you have the right to protect your investment. Hiring and retaining staff costs a great deal of time and money, and it is important to get a strong return on what you have spent. During the training process, your employees will likely learn a great deal about […]

Naperville Business Lawyer Talks About Medical Marijuana and Your Drug-Free Workplace

Since November 9, 2015, marijuana has been legally available for purchase by thousands of Illinois residents who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Of course, to remain in compliance with law, such patients must register with the state and present their government-issued program card before they can make purchases at any of nearly three […]

Naperville Employment Attorney Discusses How to Contest an Unemployment Claim

When you hire a staff to help your company meet your customers’ needs, you are primarily focused on the ability of your employees to get the job done. You expect them to be punctual, efficient, and productive while contributing to your company’s continued success. From time to time, you will likely see employees leave to […]

GINA and the Use of Genetic Information

As a business owner and employer, the collection of your employees’ personal information is relatively commonplace. Beginning with your application process, for example, an employee will generally provide certain data that allows you to make an informed decision about hiring that person. What if, however, someone suggested to you that you could save money on […]

Naperville Attorney Continues Discussion on NDAs: Employment-Related Non-Disclosure Agreements

In a recent post on this blog, I talked a little bit about how a non-disclosure agreement can be a very useful protection tool in business negotiations. I have encouraged many of my commercial clients to develop such agreements when considering mergers and acquisitions, or when seeking private capital funding. In my practice, however, I […]

Naperville Business Lawyer Addresses Concerns Regarding Independent Contractors

When you own a small- or medium-sized business, one of your most important considerations is how you will structure your team to meet the needs of your customers. For many companies, this means hiring a number of full-time and part-time employees as permanent members of your labor force. In some situations, however, independent contractors may […]