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Employee Retention Tax Credit May Provide Significant Pandemic-Related Tax Credits

PPP Loans are not the only relief the federal government is offering to businesses adversely affected by the pandemic. Under the CARES Act and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, employers may qualify for Employee Retention Credits (“ERC”) of … Continue reading

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Illinois Employers Must Provide
Sexual Harassment Training By December 31, 2020

On January 1, 2021, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act takes effect, requiring all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment training to employees. Restaurants and bars will be subject to additional, industry-specific mandates in the new year, which … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules Federal Employment Laws Protect LGBTQ Employees From Discrimination

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision resolves a longstanding … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Businesses Entering Phase III

On June 3, 2020, Chicago joined the rest of Illinois by moving to Phase III of the State’s plan to reopen the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this recovery phase, certain industries are allowed to reopen or expand their … Continue reading

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Senate Passes CARES Act and DOL Issues Families First Act Guidance

The Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act the “CARES Act”), which provides businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with extensive financial relief. House passage is expected to follow shortly. The Department of Labor … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor Posts Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ’S

The U.S. Department of Labor recently posted answers to commonly asked questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The questions and answers can be found here.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”), which becomes effective April 2, 2020. Important provisions employers must be aware of include the following: Family Medical Leave Act Extension.  Division C of the Act allows … Continue reading

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As communities across the United States grapple with the spread of COVID-19, the attorneys at Marcus & Boxerman remain dedicated to serving one of the industries most impacted by this pandemic—the restaurant and hospitality industry. We continue to advise our … Continue reading

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Important COVID-19 Guidance For Retail Businesses

With the expansion of COVID-19 and a renewed emphasis on corporate responsibility, it’s prudent for all businesses—especially those operating in the retail sector—to formulate a plan to address various issues related to COVID-19. Retail businesses face a unique challenge during … Continue reading

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Update: New Illinois Employment Laws Take Effect in 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker has enacted several sweeping employment laws that will take effect starting at the beginning of 2020. A brief summary of the extensive changes are listed below: Workplace Transparency Act The Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) will take effect January … Continue reading

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