Prinz Law Firm Blog

  • 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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  • Pregnancy Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

    Women have experienced a long history of being treated unfairly in the workplace due to pregnancy and, in an effort to combat this unfair practice, federal, state and local laws have been passed. Pregnant and post-natal residents of Illinois are protected by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IPA). ...
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  • Communication, Communication, Communication!

    As an executive recruiter, the number one complaint about recruiters is that they don’t return emails or phone calls, sometimes at all. It’s a valid frustration and I admittedly have let the ball drop during my career now and again (horrible I know)! I am sure if you are reading this, you probably have too (let’s be honest). I have seen an increase in poor communication in business dealings over ...
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  • Are There Hidden Meanings in Your Office's Communications?

    My husband complains that I am too focused on reading between the lines when it comes to communications with extended family members. I believe it’s a side effect of my job, but maybe it’s what attracted me to law in the first place. When someone mentions how busy I am, I assume they really mean that I’m too focused on work and not being a good enough mom, wife, sister, daughter, etc. Logically, I ...
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  • Top 3 Reasons Why Women are Great Negotiators

    I’m really sick of reading how women need to change our tone or our style or our language, or anything for that matter, in negotiations. In honor of International Women’s Day earlier this week, I want to call out a bogus stereotype, that women are bad negotiators. Some of the best negotiators I know are women. And, I would bet that almost any man who is married to a woman would agree. Growing up, ...
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  • What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee?

    As an expecting woman in the workplace, you are already likely dealing with the challenges associated with the pregnancy process, such as morning sickness, frequent doctor’s visits, and discomfort. Having your rights violated by your employer should not have to be a concern of yours as you prepare to welcome a child into the world. Federal and Illinois laws can help you remain healthy, ensure that ...
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  • Change of Control - What is it and How Does it Work?

    When a company experiences a change in control, employees will likely begin feeling uneasy because of the unknowns. Change is inevitable and any successful company will need to be adequately prepared when a shift does occur. Changes of control often involve one of the following: Mergers Acquisitions Sale of assets Transitional events During these types of changes, the individuals whose hard work ...
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  • Can Transparency Lead to Equal Pay?

    Oracle America, Inc. is being sued by the Department of Labor over allegations that it pays white men more than its equivalent female, African American and Asian employees. The lawsuit also alleges that Oracle discriminates against non-Asian applicants in its hiring practices, and favors hiring Asian employees for technical roles. The lawsuit is related to Oracle’s federal contracts. Federal ...
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  • Multiple Attorneys from Our Firm Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 List of Rising Stars℠

    The Prinz Law Firm is proud to announce that four of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Super Lawyers ® Illinois Rising Stars ℠ list. Super Lawyers is a trusted legal rating service that recognizes attorneys who have repeatedly demonstrated an exceptional professional ability and who have been recognized by their peers. This honor is earned by less than 2.5% of Illinois ...
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  • How Hiring a Business Lawyer Can Help Your Small Business

    Starting a new business is undoubtedly a stressful ordeal. As a budding entrepreneur, you want to ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward in setting up your business for success. One of the most common questions small business owners contend with is the decision on whether they need a business lawyer. Because some business owners are under the perception that attorneys charge high rates, ...
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  • When Does an Employer Need an Employment Lawyer?

    Hiring an employment lawyer can be extremely beneficial, even for the most conscientious employer. Regardless of how much care and thought an employer puts into avoiding legal issues, sometimes the unexpected may occur and an employer may find him or herself in need of legal assistance. With employment laws rapidly changing and government agencies issuing new legislations, it’s not hard to ...
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  • What to do if You've Been Put on a Performance Improvement Plan

    A performance improvement plan (PIP) is often used as a way for employers to give employees an opportunity to succeed, while still holding them responsible for their past performance. For employees, however, a PIP is often seen as something to fear in the workplace. While there are several misconceptions surrounding PIPs and what they strive to do, there are helpful tips you should consider if ...
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  • End-of-the-Year Checklist for Your Business

    The end of the year seems like a whirlwind of parties, holiday shopping, and finishing up last minute tasks before the start of the new year. If you’re a business owner, this is the time when your business needs the most attention. Taking care of last minute accounting, IT, and administrative tasks can help close the year and prepare you for success in the upcoming year. In this blog, out Chicago ...
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