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High-Risk Terminations

By Walter J. Liszka / September 5, 2012

Every termination of an employee is a highly charged emotional situation. No one likes to be told that their livelihood is being impacted and, in these tough economic times, they are being placed in a situation where financial security is at risk. It is even more of a highly-charged atmosphere when a termination of a…

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DOL – Technology Witch Hunt?

By Walter J. Liszka / July 24, 2012

As technology improves and more of the workforce becomes conversant with Smart Phones, iPhones, and Touch Pads, the chance of the ever-expanding litigation dealing with Wage and Hour claims becomes greater. In an article that appeared in our June 2011 entitled “A Bridge to Justice – A Bridge Too Far?” the author discussed the unprecedented…

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Family Medical Leave Expansion

By Walter J. Liszka / June 15, 2012

As most employers know, the Department of Labor Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms which were initially issued in the early 1990s expired as of December 31, 2011. The Department of Labor (DOL) has been working with the Office of Management and Budget to extend the life of these forms and received approval that their…

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Talk to My Employees – You’ve Got to Be Kidding

By Walter J. Liszka / May 14, 2012

Most of our firm’s newsletters/Client Alerts are premised on bringing out certain salient points of law for your consideration. This article is going to be a little different in that it is the aim of the author to raise a very important issue for your consideration that may provide you with the means to avoid/lessen…

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The EEOC – At It Again

By Walter J. Liszka / April 16, 2012

We have all seen over the last number of years that the tentacles of government involvement – on both federal and state levels – have drastically increased the costs to business and the potential liabilities of an employer for alleged discriminatory practices. For many employers, credit checks and criminal background checks are absolute necessities, but…

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2012 Business Resolutions

By Walter J. Liszka / March 5, 2012

As we enter and proceed through Calendar Year 2012, it may be time for some business resolutions for the success of your organization. Very recently, I had the privilege of working with a client on a very complicated legal matter. One of the things that became very clear to both of us was that if…

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The Bane of the Technological Age

By Walter J. Liszka / February 5, 2012

Over the last twenty years, the workplace has been the beneficiary (?) of a vast number of technological advances. This has made it much easier to not only amass information, but to sort, structure and “play” with it. But one of the major downsides of this technological advance has been that a recalcitrant employee, or…

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The Employer’s Legal Maze

By Walter J. Liszka / January 4, 2012

As every employer is well aware, the “legal obligations” imposed on an employer get deeper and more confusing with each passing year. I am fairly certain that a business executive from the 1950s or early 1960s would be amazed at the substantial number of additional legal pitfalls that bedevil employers on a daily basis in…

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Get Ready! Some Chicago Employers Must Soon Predict Work Schedules Under City of Chicago Ordinance!

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / November 15, 2003

A City of Chicago Municipal Ordinance (law) titled the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance becomes effective July 1, 2020. Employers covered under the new law: Employers in the building services, healthcare, hotel. manufacturing, restaurant, and warehouse services are covered, IF: Operating in the City of Chicago in one of the covered industries; AND Employ at least…

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