Prinz Law Firm Blog

  • The Department of Labor's New PAID Program: Is it a Win for Employers & Employees?

    On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shared a press release informing employers, employees, and taxpayers of its new Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program. The pilot will be launched by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the DOL in an effort to resolve potential overtime and wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) more quickly and less ...
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  • Starbucks' Racial Blunder: How to Make Sure Your Employees Don't Make the Same Mistake

    By now, most everyone has heard about the wrongful arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. To recap: the manager on duty at the time decided to call the police to have the two men arrested since they were not making a purchase, only waiting inside the store for their friend. In the aftermath, countless individuals—mostly white— attested to waiting at a Starbucks to meet a friend, use ...
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  • Four Simple Ways to Reduce the Pay Gap

    A few weeks ago, we recognized Equal Pay Day, the day of the year many women have to work until to earn the same amount their male counterparts earned the prior year. This year, it still took until April 10 for women to earn equal pay (keep in mind that date moves even further into the year when you compare what women of color earn when compared to white, non-hispanic men). While the fact that ...
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  • Work-Life Balance - What Are Your Rights?

    Many of us struggle with managing a family and a career. School days, educational opportunities, and extracurricular activities aren’t in sync with typical business hours. As a result, parents often have to make difficult decisions or come up with creative solutions in an attempt to “do it all,” which can be very stressful. I recently met a woman who was struggling with this work-life juggle. Her ...
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  • Employment Contract Mistakes Every Small Business Owner Should Avoid

    A business often starts simply with a great idea, but in order to move beyond just an idea, owners then must launch, grow, and potentially scale the business. As such, a successful small business involves many moving parts and the right team is critical to this process, especially since they will be the ones helping to sell and implement the idea. Focusing on all of these moving parts may mean an ...
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  • Does your New Company's Culture Fit?

    Starting a new position at a new company brings many exciting opportunities and challenges, including finding how your interests and identity align with the workplace culture. Employers may frequently espouse key terms like “diversity and inclusion” or “company culture” at interviews and on their website in an effort to better inform future employees about their commitment to creating a desirable ...
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  • 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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