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What It Takes to Prove Wrongful Termination

Attorney tips on steps to take when an employer goes too far

Most workers are at-will employees who can be fired for any reason or no reason at all and without advance notice. While being fired feels rotten, it is not patently improper. Thanks to the doctrine of at-will employment, there are myriad legitimate reasons for termination. “Personality conflicts, poor attendance (that is unrelated to a medical condition or protected leave), and poor performance are the most common lawful reasons for termination,” says Leah VanLandschoot, employment …

Protecting Illinois Workers: Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Act

Attorneys share insights on navigating the Illinois workers’ compensation system

No matter how many workplace safety measures your company puts in place, you simply cannot prevent every accident from occurring. When a workplace accident does occur, it—and the subsequent injuries—can trigger the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. “The goal of the Workers’ Compensation Act is to protect the workers of Illinois injured as a result of performing their work duties,” says Jason Kolecke, a workers’ compensation attorney at Hennessy & Roach in Chicago. “Under …

Navigating Your Legal Options After a Missouri Auto Accident

Three tips for taking legal action for car accident injuries

Your number one priority after a car accident, according to Mark Cantor, a personal injury attorney at Cantor Injury Law in St. Louis, is ensuring the safety of everyone in your vehicle. “Protect your occupants from further harm by pulling over and calling 911,” he says. “Oftentimes, at the accident scene, adrenaline kicks in, and you may not necessarily understand your injuries,” adds Bill Holland, a personal injury attorney at Holland Injury Law in St. Louis. “Once the adrenaline …

Navigating the Legal Aftermath of a Car Accident

Three simple guidelines to follow in the immediate aftermath of a car crash

Not every car accident is a life-or-death matter, but even victims of minor fender benders can suffer literal and figurative headaches. Thankfully, there are ways to make the aftermath of an accident as pain-free as possible. For starters, don’t try to wish an accident away. “Accident victims are in a high adrenaline state and may want to get right home,” says J. Michael Conley, personal injury attorney at Kenney & Conley. Even if you weren’t in a major accident, take pictures of …

The Key Life Events That Demand a Fresh Look at Your Estate Plan

When and why to update your estate plan

It’s a fact of life: Everyone dies eventually. The smartest way to prepare for this inevitability is to create an estate plan. But here’s the catch: The plan you make at 30, 40, or 50 usually isn’t the plan you’ll need at 70. “Generally, it makes sense to review your estate plan every five years,” says Michele Feinstein, an estate planning attorney at Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin in Springfield, Massachusetts. And when should you make changes? “When there is an occurrence that …

Don’t Smoke and Drive

The consequences of cannabis DUIs in New York

In March 2021, New York became the 15th state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Under the new law, when New Yorkers turn 21, they can: Legally consume cannabis; Possess three ounces of it; Smoke it in places where cigarette smoking is permitted; and Even grow a prescribed amount in their homes. But there are limits to the state law. Legalization Doesn’t Mean You Can Smoke with Impunity “When marijuana was recreationally legalized, people thought they were free to smoke with …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Laws: Avoid Adding Insult to Injury

An employer guide to navigating Michigan workers’ compensation laws

Successful businesses focus on workplace safety, but accidents can happen in even the safest work environment. When they do, the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act is triggered. “In Michigan, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system designed to provide benefits to injured workers, without regard to the negligence of the injured individual,” says Nick Risko, a workers’ comp attorney at Bleakley, Cypher, Parent, Warren & Quinn in Grand Rapids. “The goal of the …

California’s New Pay Transparency Laws

What they mean for job postings and reporting pay scale data

California’s lawmakers have embraced the so-called “era of transparency.” The state’s recently enacted pay transparency law (Senate Bill No. 1162), which became effective January 1, 2023, requires pay scale disclosures and enhanced pay data reporting—plus a decent amount of additional employer leg work and record-keeping. “The overall intent is to allow for the adjustment of inequities in the workplace—both intentional and stereotypical,” says Richard Rybicki, an employment and …

Payback is an Employment Right in Colorado

What workers are due when it comes to wages, overtime, and more

While the laws covering employee wages may seem fairly straightforward, certain situations can complicate things: What happens when federal, state, or local laws don’t agree—which takes precedence? What happens beyond 40 hours a week—doesn’t that call for overtime pay? What about sick time, vacation days, and retirement plans after leaving a job? Luckily, employment attorneys with experience in wage-and-hour law are here to break it all down. Federal versus State Minimum Wage Laws …

What Does Reasonable Accommodation Mean for Employers?

Tips on discrimination laws in the workplace

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and state laws such as the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), employers can neither refuse to hire qualified individuals based on a disability nor refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation enabling the completion of essential job functions. “The ADA stops the employer from assuming that, because of a disability, an individual cannot do the job,” says Heather Becker, an employment litigator at Laner Muchin in Chicago. “It goes even …

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