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Arlington Heights Employment Law Attorneys

Assistance for Employers Hiring Employees in Des Plaines, Schaumburg, and the Surrounding Areas

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Employment law is continually evolving both on the state and federal level. This makes it difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to keep up. It is hard enough just to run a business without having to stay updated on all the legal issues around hiring employees. To receive the guidance needed on these matters, it is important to consult experienced business law attorneys.

At A. Traub & Associates, we have provided business consulting and representation in Cook County and throughout Chicagoland since 2001. Our skilled attorneys work closely (primarily) with entrepreneurs and small businesses to give them the assistance they need to deal with legal issues (such as hiring employees) that they are unable to handle on their own. Our approach is different from many business lawyers in the area; we are accessible, responsive, down to earth, and committed to delivering the personalized service our clients deserve.

Common Legal Issues when Hiring Employees

Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, employers are prohibited from hiring on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, and any other protected class. To prevent hiring discrimination, employers should have uniform procedures and employee handbooks and policies in place that are followed by all managers, HR personnel, and anyone else in a position to hire employees. Other legal issues businesses often confront during the hiring process include:

  • Background Checks: Illinois law prohibits most employers from considering criminal and credit history in making employment decisions. Violations of these restrictions can result in substantial civil penalties.
  • Employment Agreements: Non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and similar employment contracts are becoming more common among employers. However, these agreements should be carefully worded to ensure they comply with all laws and regulations and that your best interests are fully protected.
  • Social Media: Illinois law bans the employers from seeking access to social media passwords and content for job applicants and employees.

For small businesses, employee disputes can be very stressful. This is why we highly recommend counseling for issues such as hiring employees before a legal challenge arises. We also understand that there are times when you do everything right and a job applicant or employee still files a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). When this happens, we are ready to advocate for your interests and work tirelessly toward a favorable resolution.

Contact an Arlington Heights Business Lawyer

For a personalized consultation with an experienced Arlington Heights business law attorney, contact our office today. If you are not able to reach us immediately, we make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Call 847-749-4182 (Arlington Heights) or 630-426-0196 (Lombard) to schedule an initial consultation.

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