Prinz Law Firm Blog

  • Three Contracts EVERY Small Business Needs

    Starting a new business is an exciting – but difficult and expensive – process. While it is important for small and new businesses to be cost conscious, there are three contracts that are essential for EVERY small business, and these contracts won’t break the bank. An Operating Agreement (or a Founders/Partnership Agreement ) is critical for every business, regardless of how small. An operating ...
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  • 3 Workplace Policies Every Employer Should Have

    When a business first starts hiring employees, workplace policies are not typically a business owner’s first concern. The primary concern is making sure the employee knows how to get the job done. Hopefully, a job description is well thought out and at least some training is provided. Even though it’s not usually the first concern, having workplace policies is a critical risk management measure ...
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  • How to Keep Up with Ever-Changing Employment Laws

    Employment laws are in a constant state of fluctuation. For example, in 2017 alone the City of Chicago and Cook County implemented ordinances requiring mandatory sick leave, minimum wage in Chicago increased to $11 per hour, Illinois amended its leave of absence laws to allow sick leave to be taken for family members, and non-compete agreements were restricted for low wage employees. Keeping track ...
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  • Can Using an Emoji Land You in Court?

    Take a minute and glance at your text messages, peruse social media, review your emails (both professional and personal). It’s almost certain that you’ll find little emojis littered throughout an otherwise dry or short communique. Emojis, or those little digital images formerly known as “emoticons,” were born in order to help provide more meaning and tone to the unfeeling landscape that is our ...
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  • How Do We Eliminate Negative Biases From Employment?

    We’ve all seen the results from numerous studies finding that diversity – be it gender, ethnic, racial, and/or cultural diversity – has impressive business benefits. [1] We know from the McKinsey Study that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have returns above national industry medians. At first glance, it seems that companies are recognizing and ...
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  • What laws should I be worried about after I leave my job?

    When you leave a job to start a new position, you are hoping to look forward instead of having to deal with issues with your former employer. To avoid legal problems, it is important to understand some of your post-employment obligations. Many employees sign employment agreements that contain non-compete or non-solicitation clauses. These clauses prohibit soliciting clients and employees from your ...
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  • What Counts as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

    Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes eliminating sexual harassment. Prevention is critical, and employers can offer sexual harassment training and provide effective complaint or grievance filing processes to discourage sexual harassment. But what actually counts as sexual harassment in the workplace? Generally, offhand comments, ...
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  • Attorney Kristen Prinz Recognized as One of the Most Influential Women Lawyers by Crain's Chicago Business

    The Prinz Law Firm is thrilled to announce our very own Attorney Kristen Prinz has been recognized as one of 2017’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. This incredible honor highlights Attorney Prinz’s sincere dedication to her clients, colleagues, and community. Recognized amongst 60 women, this award is only distributed to women lawyers who were ...
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  • Can being a business focused on doing good help attract better, more engaged employees?

    According to Emily Lonigro of LimeRed Studio , the answer is yes. Being a certified B Corp requires a business to look at its environmental, community, and employee impact. That focus is contrary to the traditional model of business where shareholder value is the only measurement that matters. Although she originally went after the certification because she believed in promoting a social purpose ...
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  • Top Reasons Employees Sue Their Employers

    It’s not that uncommon for employees to sue their employers, particularly if they have recently been fired. However, different people will have different motivations for doing so. We’ve assembled the top reasons workers decide to sue their employees, whether the reason is valid in the eyes of the employer or not. Poor Treatment You may not feel like every employee needs to be treated like royalty, ...
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  • Illinois Discrimination Laws Protect Transgender Citizens

    Illinois is one of the most socially progressive states in the nation. It has been at the forefront of LGBT human rights for years, including adding protections in its Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) for LGBT individuals. In 2006, Illinois added “sexual orientation” to the state’s non-discrimination statute, which protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination based on their sexual ...
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  • Myths Professional Women Need to Banish!

    Myth # 1: The # 1 myth that STILL persists out there is the one that says "if I just work hard enough" or "if I just do a good enough job" ... Then I'll get noticed, promoted, a raise, a larger team, more responsibilities, the big project, a bigger budget, etc. Working harder doesn't get you ahead. It's working on the right things, cultivating the right relationships and making sure those who can ...
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  • Answers to the Top 5 Questions About the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

    1. What are the differences between the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances? The Ordinances are virtually identical - the largest exception being references to location (City of Chicago versus Cook County) of applicability. If an employer complies with the Cook County Ordinance, it has also complied with the City Ordinance. An employee seeking relief from a local ...
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  • What's Enough?

    One of the most powerful coaching questions I ask executive women is “What’s enough?” It normally stops them in their tracks. These women are used to defining ‘enough’ as EVERYTHING! They are used to getting A+s all through school and now expect the same of themselves throughout their career. So what happens when “everything” becomes impossible to accomplish? Guilt, depression, stress, anxiety and ...
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  • How Do I Prove That My Employer Retaliated Against Me?

    If you were discriminated against in the workplace and took action or reported illegal conduct on the part of your employer, the law prohibits your employer from retaliating against you. Despite this protection, many employers still seek to punish employees who stand up for their rights and, surprisingly, more than a third of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity ...
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