Share Your Experience

five star review
X
Blog
Lombard Office
630-426-0196
Chicago South Loop
312-528-3290

Maintaining a successful business begins with the establishment of an operation that abides by the proper state laws and regulations from the get-go. All it takes is one misstep with hiring compliance, license and permits, or tax filing, and your entire business can end up in hot water.

Whether you are a new business owner or have owned a business for some time, it is important to take inventory of your current practices to ensure you are complying with applicable business laws and maintaining an efficient, legal operation. Consider the following examples of areas every business owner must address in order to achieve long-term success.

License and Permit Requirements — There are a number of businesses that require federal licensing, such as those involved with activities that are somehow regulated by a federal agency. These business categories can include everything from commercial transportation and agriculture to the sale of alcohol or firearms. Even if your business is not related to anything regulated by the federal government, virtually every business needs to have a permit or license of some sort. The type of permits required for your company’s operation will depend entirely on your state’s rules, the location of your business, and any additional government rules that apply.

...

paid sick leave in Chicago, Arlington Heights business lawyersBusinesses in the Chicago area have had to power through many changes over the last couple of years. A newly passed city ordinance, which will require that most employers allow their employees to earn paid sick leave, has now been added to that list of changes. The following information can help you understand the legal framework and minimum requirements.

Earned Sick Pay Ordinance Employer Requirements

The ordinance, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, requires that all Chicago employers provide at least some sort of earned sick pay program to their employees. At a minimum, workers should be able accrue five sick days per year at a rate of one earned hour per 40 hours worked, which can be used once they have completed a six-month probationary period with the company. Employees can "cash in" this time if they are ill, need to care for a sick child or elderly parent, or in the event of a domestic violence situation. If the time goes unused, at least 2.5 of the hours can be rolled over into the next year for their use.

...

new employee requirements, Arlington Heights employment law attorneyWhether you are a natural-born entrepreneur and are finally getting your first business off the ground or simply want to try your hand at a business venture you have been plotting for some time, preparation begins long before you open your doors for business. Existing business owners and new employers alike must comply with a number of state and federal regulations when hiring new employees to ensure they are operating their business legally.

Hiring Compliance

New employers looking to bring new hires on board are especially susceptible to making errors, often because they are misinformed or are unclear on the proper legal requirements. Sadly, simple mistakes can lead to costly lawsuits, which is why it is so important that you follow all state and federal regulations when you decide to go into business.

...

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.

...

independent contractors in illinois, Arlington Heights business lawyerAmong the many responsibilities you have as a business owner, protecting your business and its best interests is perhaps one of the most crucial. Ensuring the staff you hire adheres to your policies and standards is critical because the livelihood of your business depends on it, as does your reputation. As a business owner who chooses to work with independent contractors, you are especially at risk for financial loss and headache if you do not handle the legal aspects of your relationship with those contractors correctly.

Why Working with an Independent Contractor Poses Certain Risks

Employers can run into costly fees because of overdue Federal and state income taxes when they work with independent contractors. This stems from confusing independent contractors with employees, also known as the "misclassification of employees."

...
Illinois State Bar Association DuPage County Bar Association Northwest Suburban Bar Association American Inns of Court DuPage Association of Woman Lawyers National Association of Woman Business Owners
Back to Top