• January 1, 2014 News

    In April 2012, Congress passed the JOBS Act, which included Title III that created a new securities offering exemption under Section 4(a)(6) that sets the framework for equity crowdfunding.

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  • January 1, 2014 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    On January 1, 2014, the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, 410 ILCS 130/1, et seq., (the “Act”) became effective, allowing registered marijuana users to purchase marijuana from a registered, licensed dispensary. The Act specifically prohibits employers from discriminating against registered users and caregivers solely on the basis of their status as a registered user or caregiver unless discrimination is necessary to comply with federal law or the employer will lose federal funding.

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  • January 1, 2014 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Even non-union employers can be liable under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which protects certain comments by employees about their wages and working conditions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency which enforces the NLRA, has ramped up its enforcement efforts and is targeting employers that have broad policies limiting employees’ protected speech. Specifically, the NLRB is scrutinizing employers’ social media, workplace investigation, confidentiality, media and anti-disparagement policies. For instance, the NLRB recently ruled that a blanket prohibition on employees discussing workplace investigations violated the NLRA because it bans protected speech. Employers should carefully review their policies with their attorneys in light of the NLRB’s heightened scrutiny.

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  • January 1, 2014 News

    Golan & Christie acts as Registered Agent with the Illinois Secretary of State for many of our corporate clients, receiving and preparing their entity’s annual reports each year. We recently received correspondence from a firm called Corporate Records Service targeting Illinois corporations in a scam to collect a fee for preparation of “Annual Minutes Record Form.”

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  • January 1, 2014 Newsletters
    • Is Your Business a Good Candidate for Crowdfunding?
    • Illinois Employers Prohibited From Discriminating Against Registered Medical Marijuana Users
    • The National Labor Relations Board Is Targeting Overly-Broad Employment Policies
    • Golan & Christie Welcomes New Partner
    • Statewide Corporate Scam
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  • December 14, 2013 Publications
    LEADINGLAWYERS.COM
    Reorganization & Bankruptcy
  • December 13, 2013 Publications
    Northwest Herald
    Corporate

    Northwest Herald

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  • December 4, 2013 Publications
    Corporate

    The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation

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  • September 1, 2013 News

    In our last newsletter we discussed the Supreme Court landmark decision in United States V. Windsor, in which the Court held the terms “marriage” and “spouse” cannot exclude same-sex partners. As a result of the Court’s decision, each state may determine whether or not to permit or prohibit same-sex marriages.

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  • September 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Beginning on January 5, 2014, individuals in Illinois can apply for permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons under the recently passed Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Business owners can prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on company property if they post a sign indicating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited at the location.

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  • September 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    As you’ve likely already heard, the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for employers to provide health insurance to all employees has been delayed one year. But did you remember to provide notice to your employees of the healthcare exchanges by October 1st? If not, the good news is that there’s currently no penalty for failing to issue the notice. However, that is likely to change, so you should issue the notice now to all existing employees and make sure to include it in the first day paperwork given to new employees in the future. A copy of the model notice is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website here: www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/.

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  • September 1, 2013 News

    Congratulations to partner Beverly A. Berneman on the 10 year anniversary of her position as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law. Ms. Berneman, who received her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from John Marshall School of Law in 2003, personally developed the two courses she teaches, Financing the Development of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy. These courses were borne out of Ms. Berneman’s experience in the relevant areas of the law. The courses are unique and are part of the reason that John Marshall School of Law School is ranked as one of the top U.S. Intellectual Property Law programs by U.S. News and World Report.

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  • September 1, 2013 News

    In the Spring, 2013 issue of the Golan & Christie Newsletter, the article authored by Barry Siegal, “Estate Planning Across State Lines” noted that “…Illinois law requires two witnesses to a will and does not require that a living trust be witnessed, Florida law requires three witnesses to a will, as well as a living trust.”

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  • September 1, 2013 Newsletters
    • Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes
    • Impact Of New Concealed Carry Gun Law
    • Affordable Care Act Mandate For Employers Delayed, Notice To Employees Still Required
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  • June 1, 2013 News

    The United States Supreme Court recently handed down two landmark decisions relating to the treatment under the law of same-sex couples.

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  • June 1, 2013 News

    The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, may impact same-sex couples’ ability to file a joint petition for bankruptcy.

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  • June 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    First, The Good:

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  • June 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts

    On July, 2, 2013, President Obama’s administration announced a one-year delay in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate for employers that was set to take effect in 2014. Beginning on January 1, 2015 (and not in 2014), “large” employers – those that employ more than “50 full-time equivalent employees” – will be penalized if one or more of their full-time employees obtain health insurance coverage through an exchange, which is a state-established marketplace that offers qualifying individuals and employers a choice of healthcare plans that meet coverage standards.

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  • June 1, 2013 News

    Golan & Christie is pleased to announce a new addition to our extended family: Caleb Asher Wasserman was born on Thursday, July 18, 2013, weighing 8 pounds, 0 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. He is the second child of Golan & Christie attorney Matthew Wasserman and his wife, Lori. He joins big sister Madelyn. We wish the entire Wasserman family much health and happiness.

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  • June 1, 2013 Newsletters
    • The Future of Same-Sex Marriages
    • How Will the Invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act Impact Bankruptcy Filings?
    • Employment Law Alerts
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  • March 1, 2013 News

    Your website gives customers valuable information, a place to explore your products and services and, if you engage in e-commerce, a place to buy. Almost every website owner has e-mechanisms in place to protect against hacking and unwarranted intrusions. But you should also protect the creative and unique aspects of the site.

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  • March 1, 2013 News
    Estate Planning & Taxation

    Estate planning professionals are finding that clients are becoming increasingly connected with two or more states, either by maintaining residences or investment property in multiple jurisdictions.

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  • March 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    All employers, regardless of size, are required to have all new employees fill out a Form I-9 within three days of an employee’s start date. The purpose is to confirm that all new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. Although the process for filling out the form seems straightforward, the potential penalties for completing it incorrectly, or for failing to use the form at all, can be severe.

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  • March 1, 2013 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to all businesses with fifty or more employees. As anyone who has dealt with an FMLA leave can tell you, the rules about which employees qualify, which circumstances justify a job-protected leave, and how the leave is tracked, can be complicated. A detailed handbook policy, reviewed for accuracy by an employment attorney, is a great start to tackling the complexity.

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  • March 1, 2013 Newsletters
    • Protecting Your Website
    • Estate Planning Across State Lines
    • Employment Law Alerts
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