Blog Posts in April, 2013

  • Will you be my mentor?

    In her book “Lean in,” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, discusses the mistake many women make in seeking a mentor by asking “will you be my mentor?” This question, she opines, can be a turn-off. A mentorship relationship is not something that should be forced. I tend to agree. There is a lot of established evidence which shows that a mentor or a sponsor can really help women and minorities get ...
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  • Physician Employment: Does a Shortage of Family Physicians in IL Mean an Opportunity for Employment Negotiations?

    Today Crain’s Chicago Business published Dr. Carrie E. Nelson’s opinion piece arguing that Illinois may not have enough Family Practice physicians after 2014. She claims that only 9% of Illinois medical school graduates in Illinois chose family medicine as their primary practice area and only a third of those will stay in Illinois for residency training. These numbers may not be good indicators of ...
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  • An Illinois Representative Proposes a New Non-Compete Law

    Employers often require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement. The agreements vary in terms of length, geography, and industry. Currently, Illinois courts have discretion when determining whether these agreements are valid. The Illinois Supreme Court indicated that total or general restrains on trade are invalid because they injure the public; however, a non-compete agreement is valid if ...
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  • Equal Pay Day - April 9, 2013

    Today is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor’s most recent study shows that on average, women earn 82 percent of what men earn. The statistics are worse for minority women. Women, on average, not only earn less overall, but earn less in almost every industry when compared to their male counterparts ...
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  • Is Age Discrimination a Violation of the Constitution?

    A state worker can bring a claim for age discrimination through the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, at least according to a decision by the Seventh Circuit Appellate Court here in Chicago, Illinois. Levin v. Madigan, 692 F.3d 607, 615-22 (7th Cir. 2012). However, other jurisdictions have disagreed with this decision, and instead have indicated that an employee can only bring a claim ...
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