Blog Posts in 2015

  • Unpaid Wages? Be Sure To Explore Your Options

    The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is a state agency which, among other things, investigates wage claims. An employee who failed to receive proper pay for the hours they worked may make a report to the IDOL, who will then investigate the claim and issue a finding. Unfortunately, IDOL has been having trouble keeping up with the complaints that are coming in. According to an investigation by ...
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  • Internet Trolls Beware: Before You Hit "Post" On That Anonymous Internet Commentary.

    In late 2011, the Freeport Standard Journal in Freeport, Illinois published an article online concerning a local politician’s (Bill Hadley) decision to seek election to the Stephenson County, Illinois board. As with much online content, the article contained a section allowing users to post comments. One such user, who identified himself as “Fuboy,” posted a series of negative (non sequitur) ...
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  • The Dangers of the Unenforceable Non-Compete

    Let’s be honest here . . . non-competes are great for attorneys. We get paid to draft them, but we can’t really be held responsible if the agreement we draft is unenforceable. The law as to whether a non-compete is enforceable is ever evolving, fact specific and never clear cut. Regardless of enforceability, when a non-compete is violated, we get paid to pursue the violation, defend the former ...
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  • How To Network When You Hate Networking

    Need a new job? Looking to grow your business? Most people will give you the same advice to achieving these goals – Network. But what if you have tried networking and you hate it? It just doesn’t work for you. Personally, networking did not come naturally to me. I had always been taught that if I do well in my work, that’s all that matters. I followed that mantra for most of my life, until I ...
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  • Why Work-Life Integration Is A Bad Idea

    I love reading about leadership and business strategy and I am constantly amazed by how the same ideas can be re-branded hundreds of times over. Work-life balance is now passé. Integration is the latest aspiration. Work and personal lives are expected to be fluid and intertwined. And nothing will ever get 100% attention. As a working mother, I understand the desire for flexibility in the ...
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  • Should You Incorporate Your Consulting Business?

    If you are a consultant or independent contractor, you may have wondered whether or not you should incorporate. There are many advantages to incorporating, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right thing to do for everyone. Here are some of the pros of incorporating: 1. Liability Protection. The most important legal reason for incorporating is to protect your personal assets from potential ...
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  • How Can Professionals Learn from Bill Simmons's Separation from ESPN?

    Bill Simmons is a sports personality that had his own podcasts (the “BS Report” and “Bill Don’t Lie”), was the former Editor-in-Chief of Grantland.com (a sports and pop culture website), is one of the creators of the Emmy winning “30 for 30” series, is a New York Times bestselling author, and has more Twitter followers than the NHL, Hilary Clinton, the Daily Show, Martha Stewart, or Coca Cola. ...
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  • Why do Work and Life have to Compete?

    There’s so much buzz recently about work-life balance from “ leaning in ” to commentaries on how there is no such thing as work-life balance. What does this all mean? At the core of all this sensationalism is one basic premise, we all want to have quality meaningful time with our loved ones while at the same time being able to achieve success in our chosen profession. In years past, being able to ...
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  • Horrible Bosses: How to Deal with Difficulties in the Workplace

    Is your boss a micro-manager? A narcissist? Maybe you are dealing with someone who’s extremely moody, hot one minute and cold the next? How do you handle a difficult boss? My suggestion would be run and never look back! But in all seriousness, a bad boss is a situation you want to try to get out of as soon as possible. A bad boss not only hurts your morale, which can hinder your performance, but ...
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  • LOL: Bad Email Habits to Avoid

    We’ve all been victims to bad email habits. From receiving a late night angry rant without a single capitalized letter, to receiving an email that is impossible to read because a lengthy message is in the subject line. And we all have our own bad habits. Maybe our emails are too long, or we use too many emoji and not enough words that can be found in a dictionary. These habits waste time, hurt ...
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  • What We Can Learn from ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry's After Hours Conduct

    With the advent of social media, employees are no longer truly “off the clock.” This is highlighted by what recently occurred to Britt McHenry, a reporter for ESPN, who was suspended after she made some pretty awful comments to an employee who worked at a towing company. Britt McHenry McHenry left her car parked overnight at a restaurant even though a sign near the restaurant’s front door said, ...
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  • What We Can Learn from the $70 Million Dollar Pay Package for Google's New CFO

    Google recently hired Ruth Porat as its Chief Financial Officer. Porat will earn a whopping $650,000 in base salary, but that’s not all she will take home. In actuality, her total compensation package is worth $70 Million . Here are some of the aspects of her package that you should look into before accepting an offer: 1. Signing Bonus . Porat will be receiving a signing bonus of $5 Million ...
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  • Are Mistakes in Your Office Being Hidden?

    Are you confident your direct reports would bring a major mistake to your attention? A client of ours recently had to let an employee go because it was discovered that the employee had plugged in the wrong numbers on a contract and the mistake had the potential to cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. But the employee wasn’t fired because he made the mistake. He was fired because he ...
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  • Here's How Women (and Men) Might Someday Address the Pay Gap

    Last week we celebrated Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day that illustrates how far into the year a woman must work to earn the same amount made by a man in the previous year. Last month, an article published on the BloombergBusiness blog cited research showing that the gap at the most senior levels in business is even wider. The article attributed the chasm to differences in incentive compensation. ...
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  • IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY, IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT By: Bill Moller

    In order to better serve our readers, The Prinz Law Firm has invited experts in sales, business and leadership development, immigration, tax and accounting services, healthcare, and many other areas, to act as guest contributors on our blogs providing our readers with a broader range of content to help further your success. Our first guest contributor is Bill Moller, an award winning broadcast ...
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