3 Things You Should Remember When Terminating an Employee

If you are like most employers, firing an employee is an experience you would like to avoid at all costs. Termination can be challenging not only on a personal level but on a professional level as well. If the proper steps are not taken to justify an employee’s termination, he or she could potentially bring […]

Should I Offer My Sales Staff Salary or Incentive-Based Pay?

Running a small business is no easy task. Not only do you need to offer a unique product or service, abide by all tax laws, and cover the cost of your overhead, but you must also ensure your employees are happy. To accomplish this, you need to know how to pay them properly. For most employees, this […]

Naperville Business Law Attorney Warns Against Misclassifying Workers

In my experience as a business law attorney, I have seen many well-intentioned employers make mistakes that cost them dearly. One of the most common mistakes that employers fall victim to is misclassification of workers. There are major differences in the rights and responsibilities associated with employees versus independent contractors. If you classify a worker […]

Naperville Business Law Attorney Talks About Good Hiring Practices for Your Small Business

Large, multinational companies always seem to be hiring. Proof of this can be seen in a typical Walmart where touchscreen application kiosks have replaced resumes and cover letters. Of course, a large company like Walmart may have a constant need for new employees, but it is also better insulated against hiring mistakes. As a small […]

Naperville Business Law Attorney Talks About Hiring Help for the Winter Holiday Season

Now that summer is over and the kids are back to school, most people who celebrate the “typical” holidays are preparing for Halloween. While retailers’ shelves are full of orange and black decorations, spooky costumes, and sweet treats, you might have started to see the first signs of Christmas merchandise as well. For the average […]

Naperville Business Lawyer Talks About Empowering Your Employees to Help the Company

While no two people are exactly the same, there is a characteristic that is commonly shared by those who start and own businesses. Business owners are generally motivated individuals who are willing to invest time, money, and energy into a concept or a commercial venture. Along with this willingness often comes a general desire to […]

Naperville Business Attorney Talks About Developing an Effective Employee Handbook

If you own a company that employs just one or two people, there is a good chance that you are very familiar with your employees. With that familiarity comes the trust that they will usually act in the best interests of your business. As time goes by and your company expands, however, you will probably […]

Avoid These Mistakes When Hiring New Employees

One of the biggest responsibilities business owners have is managing employees. Making smart hiring and firing decisions can be challenging but also incredibly beneficial to your small business. The team of employees who represent your brand and operate your company can make or break your business. Hiring staff can be a complicated process full of […]

Naperville Business Attorney on Mistakes to Avoid When Terminating an Employee, Part 2

One of the most challenging and time-consuming parts of being a small business owner is managing employees. In a recent post on this blog, I talked about several things to avoid when firing an employee. Employers must make sure to be clear when they dismiss an employee. A worker who does not understand why he […]

Naperville Business Attorney on Employee Holiday Bonuses

If you are a business owner, you may be considering giving your employees a holiday bonus or gift of some kind. It can be overwhelming to try to find the perfect way to show your employees appreciation for their hard work. Although cash bonuses are often considered the best holiday perk, many businesses cannot afford […]