• November 1, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Since July 2001, Illinois has required employers with 5 or more employees to make reasonable accommodations for employees who want to express breast milk. This requirement includes providing a private room, other than a bathroom, which is in close proximity to the employee’s work area.

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  • November 1, 2018 News

    The firm is excited to welcome our newest associate, M. Elysia Baker. Her experience includes defending Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, and public entities in employment disputes, commercial litigation, and internal and regulatory investigations. Elysia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. While attending law school, Elysia served in the D.C. Law Students in Court legal clinic, where she represented clients in landlord and tenant matters. Prior to joining Golan & Christie, Elysia worked as a litigator with Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor and Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.

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  • November 1, 2018 News

    In August, Senior Litigation Paralegal/eDiscovery Specialist, Tisha Delgado, was featured in a Chicago Tribune article entitled “E-filing System Causes Confusion.” Tisha will also be presenting a session on e-filing at the Illinois Paralegal Association’s Fall Education Conference on November 7, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton. For more information on this event, go to www.ipaonline.org.

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  • November 1, 2018 Newsletters
    • How Should You Respond to Defamatory Online Reviews?
    • Property Tax Breaks That Could Benefit You.
    • More laws Passed To Protect Pay Equality And Illinois Amendments To Nursing Mothers Workplace Act.
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  • October 25, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Illinois law requires a general assessment of all property in the state to be made every four years, except in Cook County.*

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  • October 16, 2018 Publications

    Golan Christie Taglia LLP, a well-known diversified business law and governance, litigation, employment and commercial real estate law firm is pleased to announce its 25th anniversary in 2018. Golan Christie Taglia has expanded from a two-lawyer firm to its present team of 32 partners and associates. Over the years, Golan Christie Taglia has consistently met or surpassed the needs of its clients by maintaining a simple, yet effective philosophy: Your Success. Our Focus. During its 25 years of operation, Golan Christie Taglia has dedicated its practice to delivering successful results while providing clients the highest levels of quality and personal service.

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  • October 11, 2018 Presentations
    Commercial Real Estate, Property Tax Assessment

    How do state-imposed tax caps affect school funding? How do Cook County tax rates compare with other large metropolitan areas? How does e-commerce affect the industrial real estate market? What is the impact of airBNB on the hospitality industry? Gain valuable insights and answers to these questions and many others as well.

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  • October 11, 2018 Events
    Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
    Property Tax Assessment

    Need a better understanding of the Cook County property tax system and its complexities? Our own Donald T. Rubin will participate in a tax panel discussion and networking session hosted by the Institute of Real Estate Management on Oct. 11 at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Learn more and register today here.

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  • October 4, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Before Illinois’ personal property tax was abolished, both real and personal property were assessed and taxed the same. Nobody cared if property was called “real” or “personal.” But when the tax on individuals was eliminated in 1970 and its corporate counterpart was phased out nine years later through a constitutional amendment, classifying property as real or personal suddenly became a big deal. Since then, only real property has been taxed.

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  • September 12, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    A corporation is considered a person under the law, albeit an artificial one. It sounds like an odd concept, but it’s been around for a while. Odder yet is that corporate personal rights exist and are expanding. Pro se or self-representation is a right that’s as old as our Constitution. In the property tax appeal process, an individual can always represent themselves, but does the same rule apply to a corporation? It depends.

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  • August 24, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Each county in Illinois has a three-member panel called the board of review, which acts as an intermediary between township assessors and taxpayers. Boards hear and decide assessment complaints after giving taxpayers an opportunity to be heard. They also make rules so that the appeal process is orderly and fair.

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  • August 1, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Last year, both the City of Chicago and Cook County enacted mandatory paid sick leave laws, which went into effect on July 1, 2017. The agency responsible for enforcing the law, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, previously advised employers that it would extend a one-year “grace period” to allow employers time to comply, in good faith, with the new law. During the grace period, enforcement actions were focused on intentional failures to comply, rather than on employers who attempted to comply, but may have failed to appreciate some nuance or unusual aspect. Now that the one-year period is over, all employers located in Cook County have even more reason to review their paid sick leave policies to make extra sure that they are in line with the new requirements.

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  • August 1, 2018 Newsletters
    • Does Your Business Qualify For A Tax Incentive program?
    • GCT Participates In An Event That Is Close To Our collective Heart
    • Update On Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws And A supreme Court Decision Affecting Employment agreements
    • Addressing Negative Online Reviews When They Go Big
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  • July 23, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Illinois may be second in the nation when it comes to the highest property tax burden, but the Prairie State offers its fair share of tax breaks too. Here are a few of the laws designed to help homeowners and businesses cut their taxes.

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  • July 9, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Township assessors will begin giving all properties in their jurisdiction a look when the 2019 reassessment period begins on January 1. State law requires property in Illinois to be reassessed once every four years, while it’s every three years in Cook County. But just how close of a look are assessors entitled to take?

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  • June 21, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    An easy way to reduce your property’s assessment—and ultimately your tax liability—is to find and correct any inaccuracies that appear on your property record card.

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  • June 10, 2018 Publications
    American Bankruptcy Institute – Emerging Industries and Technology Committee - Quarterly Newsletter
  • June 5, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Property taxes affect us all, whether we’re paying them directly or receiving services or benefits covered by the tax. That’s especially true in Illinois, where property taxes are the 2nd highest in the nation, behind only New Jersey.*

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  • May 25, 2018 News
    Corporate Law & Governance

    The Bipartisan Budget Act (“BBA”) repealed and replaced the preexisting audit rules with a new set of centralized partnership tax audit and tax litigation rules. The most significant BBA Rule is that any “imputed underpayment” or “partnership adjustment” (collectively, “Partnership Adjustment”) will now be paid by the partnership, not the individual partners/members. The BBA Rules also replaced the role of a “Tax Matters Partner” with that of a “Partnership Representative,” who will have sole authority to act on behalf of the partnership. Additionally, either the partnership or its partners/members (as discussed below) will pay any tax assessed during the tax year in which the audit is resolved (“Adjustment Year”), not the tax year to which the audit is subject (“Reviewed Year”). Taking effect for all partnership taxable years that begin on or after January 1, 2018, these new BBA Rules govern IRS tax audits of partnerships, limited liability companies, and other entities and arrangements classified as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

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  • May 25, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In 2017, Illinois amended its Human Rights Act to strengthen protections granted to an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs. The amended statute, known as the Religious Garb Law, prohibits an employer from taking action that would cause an employee to “violate or forgo a sincerely held practice of his or her religion including but not limited to, the wearing of any attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion.” These beliefs could affect an employee’s ability to work on certain days or times, work with certain foods or products, engage in prayer, attend worship services, or observe religious holidays. Additionally, an employee might need to display religious objects or markings, refrain from participation in certain activities at work, and/or wear certain garments.

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  • May 25, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In a surprising decision, a federal court in Illinois recently determined a frequently used clause in non-compete agreements was overly broad. In Medix Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Dumrauf, the court found that a clause prohibiting a former employee from taking any position with another company that engaged in the same business as his former employer was overly restrictive. The court found the clause improper because it failed to consider what services the employee actually performed for his former employer or whether his new employer was really a competitor. The court was concerned that the clause could prohibit employment with a company that was not actually a competitor finding it wrongfully prohibited the employee, “from taking any number of more plausible roles at another industry player, no matter how far removed from actual competition with [his former employer].” Rather than judicially modifying the agreement to be more reasonable, the court threw out the entire agreement.

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  • May 25, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Property taxes affect us all, whether we’re paying them directly or receiving services or benefits covered by the tax. That’s especially true in Illinois, where property taxes are the 2nd highest in the nation, behind only New Jersey.*

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  • May 25, 2018 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    Cease and desist letters are pretty self-explanatory. They are letters that demand the recipient stop taking actions that interfere with the letter writer’s rights. A cease and desist letter is not a legal document. But it is a notice that a claimant feels something is wrong with what the recipient is doing. It could lead to a lawsuit. But not automatically.

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  • May 25, 2018 Newsletters
    • How The New Partnership Tax Audit Rules Apply To You
    • Complying With Religious Garb Law And Binding Non-compete Agreements
    • Reasons To Consider Hiring A Property Tax Attorney
    • Should You Respond To A Cease And Desist Letter?
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  • March 16, 2018 News
    Reorganization & Bankruptcy

    You have worked hard to build up a nice little nest egg. You may have started or purchased a successful business, own a home, have savings in the bank, put aside money to pay for your kids’ college education, and accumulated several investments which you hope will carry you though retirement. The stock market is at an all-time high, and you may have even been diligent enough to prepare an estate plan. But the future is impossible to predict and your assets should be protected in case of a rainy day.

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