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The Business Resource for Suburban Chicago
Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:02 PM
  • Keeping pace with customer needs: Growth options for the tech sector
    Growing a company in today’s business environment is a formidable task.  Expanding quickly in the fast-paced technology industry, however, adds additional complexities that require a comprehensive approach with targeted outcomes.  That being said, how does a small, growing enterprise in the tech sector formulate a strategy to keep growing and stay competitive in such a fast-paced industry? 
  • Preparing for the Affordable Care Act -- again
    Has your business prepared for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), only to find that it was delayed? Get ready to prepare again. Compliance with final regulations released last month could save your business time and money. 
  • The prevalence of social media prompted changes in Illinois law regarding the ability of employers to access and monitor their employees’ social media accounts. Governor Quinn signed legislation on Aug. 1, 2012, which amended the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (the “Privacy Act”). 
  • What happens to your business after you’re gone?
    Once in a while, a business owner will wonder what will happen to their business if they are no longer able to operate it themselves, due to an illness, or an accident. What is the plan to get their money out of the business so that it can be used for their care or that of their family?  
  • What Illinois’ ban on  concealed carry could mean for businesses
    As a result of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Moore v. Lisa Madigan, Illinois has enacted a comprehensive concealed carry law (Firearm Concealed Carry Act or Act). 
  • Series LLCs offer many advantages for businesses
    Did you know that Illinois is one of only eight states where businesses can establish series under limited liability companies (LLCs)? Series LLCs offer a unique structure that combines the flexibility of a partnership with the liability limitation of an LLC.  
  • What’s keeping small and middle market business owners up at night
    Small and middle market business owners have a lot of things on their plates at all times. In my daily interactions with these business owners as their trusted adviser, I have been hearing a lot of commonality in their legal concerns going into 2014: 
  • Supreme Court limits worker’s ability to sue their employer
    Two recent Supreme Court cases decided this past summer ruled in favor of employers, making it harder for workers to sue the employer for discrimination, racial harassment, and retaliation. 
  • What small businesses need to know about bankruptcy
    Business is an ever-changing environment that is naturally full of peaks and valleys. Sometimes, even with putting in all the necessary hard work and trying to do all the right things, businesses falter.
     
  • Risk management a key part of basic strategies
    To view “risk” as secondary to strategic business management is to miss the point. Risk management is first and foremost about sound strategic and general management. 
  • Severance agreement: An increasingly popular tool for employers
    The great recession forced many corporations to cut payroll. Not surprisingly, these same corporations are now facing an increasing amount of employment-related litigation. In order to avoid this result, many corporations utilize severance agreements to protect their interests. If drafted properly, a severance agreement can safeguard both the employer and the employee from future harm. 
  • NAPERVILLE — Sikich LLP recently announced the election of five new partners and welcomed two to the firm. 
  • In residential construction defect cases, home purchaser can sue vendors under various theories. One theory – the implied warranty of habitability – protects new home purchasers from latent defects. 
  • Kane County judge swears in 15 new CASA volunteers
    GENEVA – Judge Linda Abrahamson presided over the swearing in of 15 new Court appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. 
  • Like it or not, the Illinois Concealed Carry Act is finally here. In July 2013, Illinois became the 50th state to pass a concealed carry law. For those who do not know, the new law allows licensed individuals in Illinois to carry concealed firearms on their persons and in their vehicles. 
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