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Arlington Heights business law attorneyIn today’s American economy, there is a dramatic difference between unemployment and underemployment. Unemployment, generally speaking, is tracked by government watchdog groups as an indicator of economic growth and usually takes into account those who are not currently working but are looking for jobs. Underemployment, by comparison, is much more difficult to quantify and refers to those who may be working but who are still having trouble making ends meet.

Temporary workers—also known as temps or day laborers—are often considered to be among the underemployed. On any given day, they may have jobs, but those jobs are not guaranteed and can quickly disappear. In an effort to help protect the rights of temp workers, Illinois lawmakers recently passed a measure that requires temp agencies to be more forthcoming about the type of work a temp will be doing and more aggressive about placing temps in permanent positions.

The Role of Temp Agencies

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According to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Supreme Court opened the door "to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities." It’s great news for the thousands of Illinois residents who suffer from mental disabilities, as before the law was passed, "the disabled person could not get a divorce unless his or her spouse started the process."

The state Supreme Court ruling stated that the ban "is no longer appropriate. It could leave vulnerable people at the complete mercy of spouses who abuse them or exploit them financially." Under the new law, the court will consider each disabled person individually, and allow the judge to decide on an individual basis that, "there is clear and convincing evidence that [divorce] would be in the disabled person’s best interests."

According to the Sacramento Bee, the ruling also included people "with severe brain damage," and also people with Alzheimer’s disease who were able to voice their opinion. There are a small number of states that allow a person to file for divorce on behalf of incompetent parties, according to DivorceSource.com, such as Virginia, Florida, and Michigan. Before the recent ruling, Illinois was similar to South Carolina in their ruling, that "an incompetent person may not file a divorce action through a guardian," even if both the guardian and the client believed that the divorce was in the best interest.

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