• August 9, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    A recent Seventh Circuit Court decision may impact the enforceability of arbitration provisions in your employment agreements.

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  • August 9, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Chicago recently passed an Ordinance requiring all employers with employees working in Chicago to provide those employees with paid sick leave. Chicago is only the most recent city to have passed such an Ordinance, following twenty-six (26) other cities including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, five (5) states – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont – have laws requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.

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  • August 9, 2016 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law. The DTSA marks long-awaited federal recognition of trade secrets as valuable Intellectual Property. Here’s a summary of what you should know about it.

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  • August 9, 2016 News

    In June, Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, named the following Golan

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  • August 9, 2016 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • Tips For Family-run Businesses
    • What Happens To My Digital Assets When I Die?
    • 7th Circuit Decision Outlaws Class Action Waivers In Employment Contracts
    • Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
    • Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Becomes Law
    • Golan & Christie Attorneys Once Again Receive Peer Recognition
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  • July 18, 2016 Events
    The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, NY
    Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Law & Governance

    North American Theatre Engineering Architecture Conference

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    At a White House event on January 29, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1). Under the proposed rule, certain employers will be required to report pay rate data. The proposed rule—announced on the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—aims to assist the agency in identifying discriminatory pay practices and promoting equal pay practices.

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Effective January 1, 2016, certain business and establishments are required to post a new notice in connection with human trafficking and slavery prevention. Affected businesses must post the notice in a conspicuous place near its public entrance or in clear view of the public and employees on its premises. If a business fails to post the new notice, it is subject to a $500 penalty for a first time offense and $1,000 for each future offense.

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Jonathan D. Morton’s practice focuses on trusts and estate planning, probate, tax controversy and planning, and general corporate and organizational matters. Mr. Morton is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Florida, and before the Internal Revenue Service in Tax Court. Mr. Morton currently serves as the Illinois State Bar Association Federal Tax Section Council liaison to the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Morton obtained his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Illinois in 2007, and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2013, where he also obtained his certificate in taxation law. During law school he participated in Loyola’s federal income tax clinic and on the school’s moot court team where he was awarded runner-up best brief at

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Golan & Christie partner, David M. Saltiel, was named Best Lawyers' 2016 Entertainment Law - Motion

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    As On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the long-awaited changes to the overtime rules which dramatically increase the minimum salary that an employee must receive in order to be “exempt” from overtime pay, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These new rules apply to all employers, regardless of how many employees work at the company.

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In 2014, Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (the “Act”), which permits individuals who are suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions to use prescribed marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. The Act does not require employers to permit employee use of marijuana in the workplace, even when the employee has been lawfully prescribed medical marijuana. A qualifying patient is not permitted to be impaired at work, and an employer who has a good faith belief that a qualifying patient is impaired while working, or has used or possessed cannabis at work, may take disciplinary action, consistent with company policy. Employers are still permitted to enforce zero-tolerance drug policies, even though an employee may be legally prescribed medical marijuana. In other words, an employer is free to fire anyone who tests positive for marijuana, even without the slightest suggestion that the person came to work in an impaired condition. A positive test without signs of impairment is possible because marijuana remains in a person’s system for days, or for regular, long-term users, even weeks after the individual has smoked marijuana.

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Illinois’s Firearm Concealed Carry Act (FCCA), which overturned the ban on concealed weapons, has created new potential liabilities and risks for Illinois employers.

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  • May 31, 2016 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    Each year, on the last Friday in February, The John Marshall Law School presents a conference covering hot topics and current developments in Intellectual Property Law and related areas. The conference features speakers from all over the world for an in depth analysis of recent decisions and future trends. The following were some highlights from this year’s conference

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Two Golan & Christie partners, Rita W. Garry and Matthew C. Wasserman, will be presenting an all-day seminar, hosted by National Business Institute (NBI), entitled, “Preventing Business Contract Disputes: What Litigators Want You to Know.” The seminar will be held on June 27, 2016, at the University Center in Chicago from 9:00am- 4:30pm. The seminar will entitle attendees to 6 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits, including 1 hour of ethics credit. Details and registration available here

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  • May 31, 2016 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • New Public Notice Requirement
    • EEOC’s Proposed Pay Reporting Rules Designed to Thwart Discriminatory Payment Practices
    • New Public Notice Requirement for Certain Businesses and Establishments
    • Golan & Christie is Pleased to Announce a New Associate!
    • Saltiel named Best Lawers' 2016 Entertainment Law
    • New Rule Changes Which Employees Qualify As “exempt” From Overtime Pay
    • Medical Marijuana In The Workplace
    • Report From The 60th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference Sponsored By John Marshall Law School
    • Guns In The Workplace
    • New Public Notice Requirement For Certain Businesses and Establishments
    • Partners Present Seminar
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  • April 12, 2016 Events
    Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL
  • January 24, 2016 News

    2016 brings ample opportunity and inspiration for hopeful entrepreneurs and young startups in Illinois. Illinois recently enacted House Bill 3429 (“HB 3429”) which amends the Illinois Securities Law of 1953 (the “Act”) to allow Illinois companies and entrepreneurs to raise capital from Illinois residents, subject to monetary limitations, through equity crowdfunding.

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  • January 24, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    As the calendar turns the page to 2016, the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) new reporting requirements officially launch. One of those new reporting requirements mandates that all Applicable Large Employers (“ALE”) must report information regarding their employees’ health care coverage by submitting specific forms to the IRS. Furthermore, ALEs must report this information to all full-time employees.

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  • January 24, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Courts are now scrutinizing all post-employment restrictions with a fine tooth comb. In the past, non-competition clauses received the most scrutiny. Now, confidentiality provisions and non-solicitations of employees and customers may be unenforceable if they are drafted too broadly.

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  • January 24, 2016 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    The last few years have seen a seen a lot of Intellectual Property activity in the Supreme Court. But not all cases make the cut. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear some significant Intellectual Property cases.

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  • January 24, 2016 Newsletters
    • New Hope For The Illinois Entrepreneur
    • ACA Reporting Requirements For Large Employers Begin In 2016
    • Time To Review Your Employment Agreements!
    • Intellectual Property Suits That Will Not Be Heard By The U.S. Supreme Court
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  • January 21, 2016 Events
    Schaumburg, IL
    Employment Law

    Hosted by Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago

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  • January 6, 2016 Presentations
    Estate Planning & Taxation

    What is estate planning all about? It is a process by which a person creates a structure for the management and distribution of wealth during lifetime and after death in the manner which carries out his/her wishes.

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  • November 1, 2015 News
    Employment Law

    The contingent workforce in the United States has grown significantly; as of August 2014, 2.87 million temporary workers made up nearly 2 percent of the United States’ workforce. To keep pace with the dramatic increase in contingent work, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) expanded the jointemployment standard under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).

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