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Arlington Heights business law attorney, employee handbook, employee policies, business law compliance, company policiesClearly outlining your company’s policies, standards, and expectations is one of the most effective things you can do as a business owner to create mutually beneficial relationships between you, the owner, and your employees.

Establishing thorough employee policies will not only help you clarify operational standards with your staff, it will also help reduce your chances of running into problems with various business law compliance issues.

Employee Handbook Necessities

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Arlington Heights business law attorneys, non-compete employee contractsAs the world changed its calendars, Illinois enacted several new laws. Some apply to business owners and their employees. Among them is the change to the non-compete agreements. Now limited in their use, failure to adhere to the new guidelines could place your business at risk for litigation. Learn what these new limitations are, how they might apply to your business, and what you can do to ensure you are compliant.

Non-competes and Low-Wage Employees

Last year, a sandwich restaurant food chain made headlines because of their non-compete agreements. Their employees, who made only minimum wage, were restricted from working at any other establishment that made its primary income from sandwiches. Signed upon their hire, these agreements lasted for at least two years after an employee’s quit or termination date. Ultimately, a lawsuit was brought against the company and they had to pay out a settlement, which is allegedly going to create outreach and education programs to improve better practices by employers throughout the state.

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employing minors in illinois, arlington heights employment attorneyRegardless of the size of your business, if you are employing minors to fill various staff positions, it is important to make sure your company is abiding by the Illinois Child Labor Law. Failure to comply can result in the loss of business licenses, fines, and more. Young workers can be valuable assets to your workplace, but neglecting to follow the most basic Illinois Child Labor Law guidelines can hurt your business.

Certificate Requirements and Restrictions on Work Hours

Employers must meet certain requirements when employing minors, according to the Illinois Department of Labor. First, any employer hiring a teen under the age of 16 is prohibited to employ the minor without a valid work permit or employment certificate. These certificates can be obtained from the child’s school and must be presented before they begin working on your premises. You are to provide them with a "letter of intent to hire," which they should take to their school to have signed and evaluated with a parent or guardian.

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overtime pay guidelines in illinois, Arlington Heights business lawyersIn the realm of business law defense, pay laws are a hot topic. Whether you operate an Illinois business, or are an employee and want to make sure you are following state law procedures for overtime hours, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basics to ensure your practices are legal, fair, and that they are in line with your best interests.

Exemptions

First, let us take a look at exemptions. Certain workers and organizations are free from tax obligations or liability. In the case of overtime hours, Illinois laws consider the following employees to be exempt from being paid overtime:

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ADA Guidelines, business owners, Arlington Heights business lawyerIn 1990, the U.S. Congress passed a historic bill into law that would forever change business: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law effectively enforces the civil rights and needs of people with disabilities. Before this law passed, horror stories existed of inaccessible mobility for those bound to wheelchairs. Unfortunately, some people were forced to get out of their wheelchairs and crawl up stairs to school houses and courtrooms. Buses also used to be inaccessible because there were no lifts available. Furthermore, grocery shopping was nearly impossible without someone tagging along to assist, as shelves were stocked to the ceiling. 

Since the passing of the ADA laws, life has become a bit easier for disabled customers and employees, and business owners are often happy to comply with ADA guidelines. However, sometimes new businesses may not realize the extent of the Americans with Disabilities Act policies and have trouble conforming.

Basics of ADA Laws

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