Blog Posts For Employers

  • Do What You Do Best

    I was recently at a presentation given by a sales and marketing expert with a significant background in turnaround management for distressed clients. Relying on his in-the-trenches experience, he coached business owners and entrepreneurs on how they could avoid distress by developing—and successfully executing—a vision and strategic plan for their businesses. In his view, many business owners run ...
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  • Have you asked your employees about harassment? Nike didn't either.

    Earlier this year, at least six top male executives at Nike left or announced their impending departure. The departures came after Nike’s chief executive was presented with an unofficial, anonymous survey of female employees, in which they were asked if they had ever experienced sexual harassment or gender discrimination while at work. The results overwhelmingly described a hostile environment for ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Answers to the Top 5 Questions About the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

    1. What are the differences between the Cook County and Chicago Earned/Paid Sick Leave Ordinances? The Ordinances are virtually identical - the largest exception being references to location (City of Chicago versus Cook County) of applicability. If an employer complies with the Cook County Ordinance, it has also complied with the City Ordinance. An employee seeking relief from a local ...
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  • What's Enough?

    One of the most powerful coaching questions I ask executive women is “What’s enough?” It normally stops them in their tracks. These women are used to defining ‘enough’ as EVERYTHING! They are used to getting A+s all through school and now expect the same of themselves throughout their career. So what happens when “everything” becomes impossible to accomplish? Guilt, depression, stress, anxiety and ...
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  • Communication, Communication, Communication!

    As an executive recruiter, the number one complaint about recruiters is that they don’t return emails or phone calls, sometimes at all. It’s a valid frustration and I admittedly have let the ball drop during my career now and again (horrible I know)! I am sure if you are reading this, you probably have too (let’s be honest). I have seen an increase in poor communication in business dealings over ...
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  • Are There Hidden Meanings in Your Office's Communications?

    My husband complains that I am too focused on reading between the lines when it comes to communications with extended family members. I believe it’s a side effect of my job, but maybe it’s what attracted me to law in the first place. When someone mentions how busy I am, I assume they really mean that I’m too focused on work and not being a good enough mom, wife, sister, daughter, etc. Logically, I ...
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  • Top 3 Reasons Why Women are Great Negotiators

    I’m really sick of reading how women need to change our tone or our style or our language, or anything for that matter, in negotiations. In honor of International Women’s Day earlier this week, I want to call out a bogus stereotype, that women are bad negotiators. Some of the best negotiators I know are women. And, I would bet that almost any man who is married to a woman would agree. Growing up, ...
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