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Important Ruling on Biometric Information Privacy Act

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In early 2022, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on a certified question in McDonald v. Bronzeville Park, LLC. The question before the Court was whether the exclusivity provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act (“Compensation Act”) bar a claim for statutory damages under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or the “Privacy Act”) where an employer… Continue reading Important Ruling on Biometric Information Privacy Act

Change in Illinois Restrictive Covenants Law

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On January 1, 2022, an amendment to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act will go into effect. The amendment implements several protections for middle-class employees against restrictive covenants such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. In sum, the amendment voids restrictive covenants for certain employees below an earnings threshold, codifies existing Illinois common law, and allows… Continue reading Change in Illinois Restrictive Covenants Law

100% Food and Beverage Expense Deduction for 2021 and 2022

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The IRS has issued Notice 2021-25 that temporarily increases for 2021 and 2022 the Business Deduction for Business Meal Expenses to 100% from 50%. This applies to food or beverages provided by a restaurant. The term “restaurant” means a business that prepares and sells food or beverages to retail customers for immediate consumption, regardless of… Continue reading 100% Food and Beverage Expense Deduction for 2021 and 2022

Illinois Adopts Federal Vaccine Mandate

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In April, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect to require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On December 31, 2020, these mandatory leave requirements expired and were replaced by a fully refundable tax credit available… Continue reading Illinois Adopts Federal Vaccine Mandate