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COVID-19: Emergency Financial Assistance for Illinois Small Businesses

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) has created three programs offering emergency financial assistance to small businesses. Under these programs, Illinois businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for low- interest loans and grants. The first program has an April 1st deadline, so…

The SECURE Act of 2019 and Its Impact on Estate Planning

In December 2019, Congress enacted the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or as it’s more commonly known, the “SECURE Act.” The SECURE Act took effect January 1, 2020 and changed many rules that govern your retirement plans and other tax deferred plans. As a result, changes may need to be made to…

Smart Asset Protection Strategies for Business Owners

Chances are, you know someone who has been sued. Maybe that someone is you. The fact is, your enviable position as a successful business owner comes with a major downside: You are a potential target for lawsuits (some of which may be frivolous and unfounded) and other attacks that can wreak havoc on your…

Supreme Court Strengthens Protection of “Confidential” Information Under FOIA

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine statutory exemptions. FOIA Exemption 4 of the 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(4) prevents mandatory…

Illinois Bans Salary History Inquiry in Amendments to State’s Equal Pay Act

Illinois is poised to join over a dozen states in banning employers from inquiring as to applicants’ salary history. A recently-signed set of amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (IEPA), which will become effective on September 29, 2019, will prohibit employers from inquiring about and considering an applicant’s salary history when…

An Employer’s Guide to the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act

In January 2015, Illinois became the first state to fully enact legislation requiring that private-sector employers offer their workers retirement benefits. Now as employer registration deadlines for mid-sized and small companies approach, local businesses are on notice to take appropriate action steps to ensure they comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act to avoid per-employee…

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