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Why Your Company Needs a Great Trademark

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A trademark is a powerful means to communicate a company’s brand identity to the public. When the use of the trademark, such as a symbol, word, name, logo and other device has the effect of creating a mental association between it and the company’s products and services, the symbol has acquired trademark significance and value for the company. A distinctive Read More

New Litigation May Affect the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance

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The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which seeks to bring predictability to employee scheduling, is effective as of July 1, 2020. Under the ordinance, covered employers will be required to provide 10 days’ notice of an employee’s schedule (increasing to 14 days on July 2, 2022). The Building Owners & Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA) filed a federal lawsuit in November Read More

DOL Announces Final Rule on Perks and Benefits

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced its final rule on perks and benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), defining what forms of payment are eligible for the time and one-half calculation when determining overtime rates. Under FLSA, covered, nonexempt workers must be paid overtime at no less than one and one-half times their regular rate of Read More

Illinois Cannabis Act: New Changes for Employers Just Before Jan. 1 Effective Date

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2020 is just weeks away, and Illinois’ new law allowing adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed stores has the potential to substantially change employers’ current drug testing policies. Since Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Illinois Cannabis Act in June 2019, there has been much debate over the tension between a zero tolerance workplace Read More

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

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New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries. Our experts from across 11 practice areas pinpoint the key issues for 2020 – and outline how you can best prepare for these. Read the full article Read More