Blog Posts in 2014

  • What is Wrongful Termination?

    Many executives call our offices looking for help when they have been discharged. They were strong performers who didn’t do anything wrong, or maybe had a minor infraction and never even got a written warning. They are certain that because of their strong performance, they can’t just be fired, right? Wrong. The status quo in Illinois is that employment is at-will. This means that employment may be ...
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  • Can I Be Fired for That?

    No. That is the simple answer to the following questions: Can I be fired for my race, gender, disability, national origin, or for being at least forty (40) years old? Can I be fired for my alien status? Can I be fired for making a complaint that my employer violated the Occupation Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”)? Can I be fired for refusing to take a lie detector test? Can I be fired in retaliation ...
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  • Five Don'ts When Handling an Employee Termination

    Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult tasks to undertake as a manager. Done well, and you will help move your former employee out of the organization with a clear, fair message about why he or she is leaving. Done poorly, and you may send your former employee packing with (at least the specter of) potential claims against your company. Below are several steps to avoid to help ensure ...
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  • How Managers Can Best Handle Terminating an Employee

    Many executives would likely admit that handling employee terminations is their least favorite part of the job. The process can be unpleasant, emotionally charged, and worse, it can subject an employer to legal liability if mishandled. If you are considering terminating an employee, this post provides practical advice on how to carefully document your decision and carry out the termination. These ...
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  • You've Been Sued: Four Steps for Handling a Non-Compete Dispute

    One job ends, and you would like to start a new job. But as the new job begins, the former employer files a lawsuit regarding a non-compete clause. Unfortunately, this situation arises more often than it should. A lot of times, the non-compete language will be very broad, both in distance and in time. Employees and executives do have some options in dealing with – or avoiding – these issues. ...
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  • Non-Solicitation and Non-Competition Clauses: What's the Difference?

    Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are becoming more and more common. “Restrictive covenants” typically limit an employee’s ability to benefit from an employer’s confidential information or business following the conclusion of the employment relationship. Common restrictive covenants include restrictions on the use of confidential information, anti-solicitation provisions, and ...
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  • Be Smart: Ways to Negotiate Your Non-Compete

    When starting a new job, it is easy to overlook clauses in an employment agreement or contract. For a lot of people, the key is “how much am I getting paid?” However, most executives don’t stay with the same company forever. The other clauses in the contract become very important when an employee – especially an executive – leaves a company. By overlooking the non-compete language in the initial ...
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  • Kristen Prinz appears on First Business with Bill Moller to discuss confusion over freelance workers

    Managing partner, Kristen Prinz, appeared on First Business with Bill Moller to discuss the confusion over freelance workers in the labor market. The 9th Circuit recently ruled that FedEx was misclassifying its workers as independent contractors. There is a lot of confusion regarding misclassification of employees as independent contractors. As Ms. Prinz explained, “what it really comes down to is ...
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  • How To Tell When It Is Time To Quit

    Leaving a job, especially one that compensates well, is a very difficult decision for any executive. After investing what seems like endless time and energy into an organization’s success, it can be difficult to let go and pursue new opportunities. Sometimes there may not even be an obvious reason driving your departure, but you sense that it is time to part ways with your employer nonetheless. ...
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  • Three Mistakes to Avoid as a Manager

    Great leadership is more than simply delegating assignments and reviewing work. True motivation requires you to be attuned to not only the needs of your colleagues and workplace, but to your own behavior as well. Are you unknowingly projecting an image that you do not want your co-workers to imitate? This post will highlight three ways in which you may not be effectively modeling leadership in the ...
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  • First Day on the Job? 8 Tips for Making it a Success

    Bad first impressions are hard to shake, so it’s critical that you ensure you make the right impression on your first day at a new job. Here are eight tips for making your first day at a new job a success: Don’t be late. Nothing is worse than being late on your first day. Make sure you practice your route to work before your first day. On the day of, be sure to leave yourself some extra time to ...
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  • How to Be Productive When Working From Home

    Many people have images of lazing on the sofa in their pajamas while watching daytime talk shows with laptop in hand when they hear “working from home.” In reality, this picture is neither sustainable nor productive. Working from home can have many benefits; you can avoid wasting time commuting, which in-turn can provide you with more time with your family. However, these benefits are diminished ...
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  • Confidence Matters

    Do you ever look around and wonder why people who don’t seem to work as hard as you or are not as smart as you are more successful than you? Business mentor Simon Reynolds’s recent Forbes blog post, The Strong Link Between Your Self Image And Business Success says it could be your self-image that is holding you back. Reynolds claims that our subconscious negative self-assessments can prevent us ...
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  • Remembering the Value of Face Time

    A lot of companies have created flexible work options, allowing their employees to work from the comfort of their homes. Working from home can save time commuting and allow an employee to deal with personal errands. An employee working remotely can still be available via phone, email, or even video. Despite the ease that technology allows for communication, face time is still incredibly important, ...
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  • Court Denies Proposed $324 Million Settlement on Silicon Valley Hiring

    Silicon Valley is known for companies like Apple and Google – and great innovations like the iPhone. Soon, Silicon Valley might also be known for its conspiracy to keep wages low for employees. A judge recently rejected a $324 million settlement proposed by Apple, Google, and two other tech companies finding there is “ample evidence” that the companies were involved in “an overarching conspiracy” ...
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