Prinz Law Firm Blog

  • The Growth Checklist: Do These Things Before You Scale

    It is a great feeling to experience growth. Seeing the results of your idea grow and flourish can be incredibly rewarding. After that initial surge, small business owners and executives have to determine what happens next. You can decide to follow a more typical growth model or opt to scale. A general growth model encourages adding resources at a similar rate as new business or clientele. ...
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  • Can You Change Office Behavior with Training?

    The #metoo movement has surfaced a lot of questions about office policies and how to encourage, or discourage, certain behaviors. While most of us are taught said behaviors as early as preschool, like - follow the “golden rule,” keep your hands to yourself, clean up after yourself - we sometimes forget these guidelines. Even our work environment can reflect this “forgetfulness” because we don’t ...
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  • Hire, Fire, and Aspire: 3 Key Times Your Business Needs the Law on Its Side

    I was at an event with other small business owners speaking about the myriad of issues nearly every business owner faces. I attend a lot of these types of events and can almost guarantee that at every one of them a business owner will have a horror story about an employee. Whether it is a horrible hire, a horrible fire, or just a horrible day, it’s always (in their mind) the result of a horrible ...
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  • Why Executives Need Their Own Personal Dream Team

    Change happens fast. And often when we least expect it. That’s one of the reasons we see so much job turnover. Companies typically forecast and plan ahead. Executives do so for their departments, but what about their careers? Too many individuals think they are just along for the ride. I remember listening to an economist on the radio discussing why any individual with a high income potential ...
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  • 3 Rules of Communication for Every Leader

    I have a good friend who is a strong and effective communicator in person. When it comes to email, however, she is downright rude. Sometimes her emails cross well into nasty territory. We have worked together on charitable boards and I have seen first-hand how alienating her email correspondence can be. It was through working with her that I learned my number one communication rule: Tough ...
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  • 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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