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harassment claim, Arlington Heights business law attorneysFederal law prohibits discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. If it does occur, then employees can file a complaint internally, at their company, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or with the courts to pursue a lawsuit. Consider the following information regarding how you may be able to help protect your business against a harassment or discrimination claim as well as key details on where to find help.

When a Complaint is Filed Internally

Complaints filed internally may seem like an annoyance, but they can be a blessing in disguise. They give you a chance to handle matters quickly, efficiently, and with as little fanfare as possible. However, you must handle the matter seriously. You cannot conduct a sloppy investigation. You must make sound decisions, and you should treat the victim with empathy. An experienced attorney can guide and advise you in this process.

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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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Arlington Heights business law attorneys, terminating an employeeThere are several aspects to running or managing a business. The act of terminating an employee is one of more difficult and unpleasant. It is also a situation that could potentially put your business at risk for litigation. If you have started a business and need to terminate a problematic employee, the following information can help you stay within the legal guidelines. It can also ensure you know when and where you can find help, should you need it.

Do You Have the Legal Right to Terminate?

Illinois is an “at-will” employment state, which means you do not need to have a reason or cause for terminating an employee. Yet there are some legal pitfalls that you, as an employer, must be aware of. You cannot terminate an employee for reasons that relate to their age, race, religion, or gender. Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee for taking family leave, military leave, or time off for jury duty. Whistleblowers are also protected by law.

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Arlington Heights business law attorney, business brandingBecoming a business owner is an overwhelming prospect, especially when it comes time to acquaint yourself with the myriad of business laws for which you will be held accountable as you commence your new role. Branding in particular will be an imperative foundation for your marketing efforts, and it all begins with one critical task: selecting a business name.

Doing Business As (DBA)

Whether you are an existing owner looking to start another side business or are embarking on a brand new business venture for the first time, it is important to be aware of the requirement to legally register your business name with the proper authorities to ensure you remain compliant with the law. Filing your “Doing Business As” name (also called your DBA) is the process of officially registering your chosen business name. This name must be different from your real, personal name, and will be required on a number of government forms and applications, such as your employer tax ID application and license paperwork.

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Cook County business law attorneys, Wells Fargo, business litigationWhen a company fails, it is a reflection upon those in charge. In the latest business litigation matter, it is the Board and CEO of Wells Fargo receiving the heat for allegedly creating a culture in which their employees felt pressured to create fake accounts. This is not just because of the propensity for failure itself, though. Upper management is also receiving a great deal of scrutiny because they supposedly first heard of the fake accounts back in 2012 but then failed to do anything about it until 2015. What can you and your company board learn from this? The following explains further.

Accountability is Everything 

It is not easy to admit that you have made a mistake, but consumers know when you are pulling their chain. If you made a mistake, own up to it. Do not sweep it under the rug or blame someone else. Admit your faults and then promise to do better. More than that, actually do better. Fix your mistakes. Show your remorse through action.

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