Publications

July 26, 2021
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As we discussed in a previous article, the renewable energy industry is experiencing record growth. President Biden’s current initiatives are also expected to provide an additional boost to accelerate future...
July 7, 2021
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Employers seeking to impose restrictive covenants upon employees will face substantial new hurdles beginning January 1, 2022.
June 21, 2021
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The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (ESLA) was recently amended to give workers more flexibility to care for their loved ones.
June 4, 2021
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Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation that is both good news and bad news for Illinois taxpayers.
June 2, 2021
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Infectious disease experts have a saying: Vaccines don’t save lives, vaccinations do. As vaccinations are now widely available, and with the Biden Administration’s goal of 70% of adults at least...
June 1, 2021
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Back in March 2020 we advised that — for employees working remotely — the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was deferring the physical presence requirement of the Employment Eligibility Verification...
May 26, 2021
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With society’s increased reliance on working remotely, vis a vis through “the cloud” and need for unfettered amounts of storage and processing power, data centers seem to be popping up...
May 24, 2021
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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled late last week in favor of a company seeking insurance coverage for defense of a lawsuit alleging the company had violated the Illinois Biometric Privacy...
April 27, 2021
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The Chicago City Council last week passed an ordinance providing more rights to employees who take time off from work to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
April 26, 2021
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Due to reduced production during the COVID-19 pandemic, increased housing demand and climate events such as the Texas freeze and subsequent utility crisis, construction material costs have increased dramatically over...
April 23, 2021
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On Wednesday, President Biden detailed a plan that will allow small businesses to claim tax credits for giving paid time off to employees to get and recover from the COVID-19...
April 15, 2021
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Last month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed SB 1480, which amended the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act and the Business Corporation Act.
April 6, 2021
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This week, the IRS issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention tax credit for the first two quarters of 2021.
March 26, 2021
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Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB1480, which amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (the Act) in a way that will significantly affect how employers deal...
March 25, 2021
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Earlier this month, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
March 23, 2021
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For a variety of reasons, the solar industry has experienced, and will continue to experience, record growth.
March 22, 2021
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Eligible borrower application deadline is May 31, 2021.
March 22, 2021
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The IRS announced late last week that the due date for filing 2020 federal individual income tax returns and making 2020 federal individual income tax payments is automatically postponed from...
March 17, 2021
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Earlier this month, the IRS provided guidance for employers claiming the employee retention tax credit for 2020.
March 15, 2021
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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA, 2021) was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021 to address the continuing economic impact on employers and employees the coronavirus...
March 12, 2021
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In this fifth installment of our Construction Interview Series, Rich Reizen, Chair of Gould & Ratner’s Construction Practice, talks with Tom Bassett-Dilley, Owner of TBDArchitects, about green building and energy...
February 5, 2021
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On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety.”
February 5, 2021
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated the section of its Compliance Manual on religious discrimination in the workplace.
February 1, 2021
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Construction industry forecasts are difficult in a “normal year” (remember those?), let alone a year following a global pandemic.
January 21, 2021
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With the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the President of the United States yesterday, we expect to see a different focus, new guidance and new laws. Some of the...
January 19, 2021
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The IRS and Treasury Department released final regulations on January 7, 2021, that govern the tax treatment of partnership and LLC interests related to services, so-called carried interests, a/k/a applicable...
January 14, 2021
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An often-used tax deduction for business meals was expanded by the most recent COVID-19 stimulus, passed in December and now effective in 2021.
January 14, 2021
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The stimulus package passed last month may help certain Electing Real Property Businesses by including a provision that allows a shorter depreciation period for residential rental property acquired prior to...
December 29, 2020
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Last week, Congress passed a $900 billion Appropriations Act that includes a number of changes that affect businesses and their employees.
December 28, 2020
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The CASE Act of 2019 creates a Copyright Claims Board to decide copyright disputes from within the U.S. Copyright Office.
December 23, 2020
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After months of intense negotiations, Congress passed a new relief bill this week. Assuming President Trump signs the bill, or Congress overrides a veto, it delivers change just in time...
December 23, 2020
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The employee retention tax credit aimed at helping businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic will be extended and expanded under the new stimulus bill recently passed by Congress and...
December 22, 2020
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If employers want to make vaccinations mandatory, can they force their employees' hands (or, more accurately, their arms)?
December 14, 2020
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In this fourth installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rich Reizen and Pat Johnson, members of Gould & Ratner’s Construction Practice, talk with Eric...
December 9, 2020
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Unfortunately, we have seen an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. We have also been warned that this winter will be a dark and difficult time,...
November 16, 2020
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Four days after the election, an anxious America got the news: Donald Trump would be a one-term president. As administrations shift, so do priorities. How will a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris...
November 10, 2020
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Insurers across the nation continue to file motions to dismiss COVID-19 cases brought by policyholders on three primary grounds.
October 29, 2020
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The US Patent and Trademark Office issued Examination Guide 3-20 on Oct. 28 to clarify procedures that trademark examiners should follow in view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2020...
October 1, 2020
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The first reported substantive ruling by a judge sitting in Illinois on the legal implications of whether COVID-19 and the resulting governmental shelter-in-place orders
September 30, 2020
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As we wrote about in a recent article, the trends in insurance coverage for COVID-19 related losses are: 1) so far insurers are winning, and 2) the cases are fact...
September 24, 2020
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The stark effects of the coronavirus pandemic are conspicuously clear in downtown Chicago: Shuttered businesses that once catered to throngs of commuters and office workers loom over bare sidewalks
September 21, 2020
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Under established Illinois law, an insurer must defend a legal action filed against its insured unless it is clear from the face of the underlying complaint that the allegations fail...
September 15, 2020
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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced on Sep. 14 that it plans to conduct a statewide investigation into the presence of per- and polyfluororalkyl substances (PFAs) in the state’s community...
September 3, 2020
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In this first episode of our podcast series, we discuss the origin of Business Courts, the background and genesis of the Benchbook, and how our guests became involved in Business...
September 2, 2020
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As employers and employees alike shift to new protocols and procedures amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Department of Labor (DOL) reminded employers about their continuing responsibilities.
August 5, 2020
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In this second episode, our Chief Marketing Officer, John Byrne, interviews Corporate Associate Robert Chidester about what companies looking to raise capital
July 22, 2020
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Nearly three months after its initial announcement, on June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve launched its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)
July 17, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released revised optional forms for employees to use when applying for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
July 13, 2020
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, owners and developers find themselves facing the prospect of continued project disruptions.
July 9, 2020
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Following the enactment of tax reform legislation in 2017 commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the constitutionality of the “individual mandate” under the Affordable Care Act...
July 7, 2020
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In a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Booking.com was not a generic term and is entitled to protection under trademark law.
June 29, 2020
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The first reported substantive ruling by a judge sitting in Illinois on the legal implications of whether COVID-19 and the resulting governmental shelter-in-place orders relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay...
June 25, 2020
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The IRS earlier this month released proposed regulations on Section 1031 like-kind exchanges that may help taxpayers who were facing tax consequences due to changes made to Section 1031
June 19, 2020
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This week, the SBA released new guidance surrounding the ever-changing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
June 18, 2020
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Lodging establishments will need to provide training to certain employees on how to recognize the signs.
June 15, 2020
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Federal civil rights law protects gay and transgender employees from discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court declared June 15, 2020, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.
June 12, 2020
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UPDATE: In its latest update to its pandemic workplace guidance, the EEOC addresses questions employers will face as businesses reopen and employees return to work.
June 10, 2020
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Gould & Ratner presents the third installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
June 9, 2020
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UPDATE: SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin released a joint statement on June 9, 2020, confirming that partial forgiveness is still permissible
June 4, 2020
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As Illinois businesses start to slowly reopen, employers are faced with a new normal.
June 2, 2020
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-39 on May 29, 2020 which states that businesses must follow the guidance first published by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity...
June 1, 2020
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The Cook County Assessor is doing what?
June 1, 2020
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When you push a pause button on a computer, it shuts down. When you push a pause button on a human, as is occurring now in the midst of the...
May 27, 2020
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Gould & Ratner presents the second installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
May 26, 2020
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Application Now Available With New Interim Final Rules for Paycheck Protection Program
May 26, 2020
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Last week, the Chicago City Council passed the COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which aims to protect covered employees who remain at home if they have symptoms of COVID-19
May 21, 2020
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While much of the construction industry has continued working throughout the pandemic, all stakeholders in a typical construction project have been impacted by the crisis.
May 20, 2020
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The IRS issued Notice 2020-29 on May 12, 2020, to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 13, 2020
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This week, the Department of Labor issued further clarification on the scope of FFCRA.
May 13, 2020
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UPDATE – May 13, 2020: This morning, the Small Business Association (SBA) finally released the promised guidance regarding what a "good faith certification" looks like for the purpose of complying...
May 13, 2020
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Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
May 7, 2020
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This article explains the basic requirements for a Habitat Conservation Plan, to be submitted in connection with a party’s application for an individual permit
May 4, 2020
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This three-part article offers possible post-COVID-19 changes to our work environment, from a variety of perspectives: social, design, technology, marketing and sales, legal, financial and government.
May 4, 2020
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Following the White House’s issuance of broad guidelines for states to implement a phased reopening of businesses subject to isolation orders stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Centers...
May 1, 2020
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This three-part article offers possible post-COVID-19 changes to our work environment, from a variety of perspectives: social, design, technology, marketing and sales, legal, financial and government.
April 29, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its FAQ page on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
April 29, 2020
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When you click the pause button on a video recording, the image freezes. When you pause humanity, as is occurring now during the COVID-19 pandemic gripping most of the world,...
April 29, 2020
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Gould & Ratner has prepared a reference chart to serve as a guide to each state’s stay-at-home executive order, specifically related to construction activities.
April 28, 2020
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s newest executive order in response to COVID-19 includes a new restriction on evictions, and, this time around, commercial evictions are impacted.
April 28, 2020
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A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court held that, in certain circumstances, discharges from “point sources” (e.g. wells, containers, pipes, ditches, channels, tunnels, conduits, etc.) into groundwater
April 27, 2020
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As the nation continues to struggle with the spread of the novel coronavirus, the construction industry has often been designated as an essential sector of the economy and encouraged to...
April 24, 2020
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UPDATE: A challenge to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s emergency amendment, described below, has resulted in a temporary hold on the rule.
April 23, 2020
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The already-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is expected to soon receive a $310 billion infusion of new funding in the next few days.
April 23, 2020
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The already-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is expected to soon receive a $310 billion infusion of new funding in the next few days.
April 23, 2020
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Current guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides that employers may lawfully take an employee’s temperature upon entering the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 23, 2020
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released an alert advising employers on safety tips to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to COVID-19.
April 20, 2020
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19
April 20, 2020
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In addition to the typical risks in every construction project, the current and lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created a whole new set of risks
April 17, 2020
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The current low interest rate environment resulting fromthe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may provide individuals whose estates are expected to exceed the federal estate tax exemption amounts
April 16, 2020
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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced its implementation of expanded unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,
April 15, 2020
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UPDATE: On April 15, 2020, the SBA released additional guidance on frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans provided for in the CARES Act....
April 14, 2020
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In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS previously issued several notices to provide relief to taxpayers by postponing the due date for filing federal income tax returns
April 13, 2020
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A significant component of the sweeping $2 trillion economic stimulus enacted on March 27, 2020, is a $500 billion Exchange Stabilization Fund
April 10, 2020
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The CDC this week issued updated COVID-19 guidance for employers, supplementing its “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
April 10, 2020
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The Federal Reserve yesterday announced a series of actions authorized by the CARES Act to try to stabilize the economy
April 10, 2020
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The Federal Reserve yesterday announced a series of actions authorized by the CARES Act to try to stabilize the economy amidst the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including two measures...
April 10, 2020
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The IRS yesterday announced some relief for taxpayers currently engaged in a 1031 like-kind exchange, most notably that any 45-day or 180-day deadline that occurs between April 1 and July...
April 7, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary rule Monday, April 6, 2020, that provides additional guidance on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family...
April 7, 2020
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While much attention has been focused on the relief provided in the recently enacted CARES Act that targets individuals and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
April 6, 2020
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There are many issues that a business must consider when a vendor, customer or other contact files for bankruptcy protection.
April 6, 2020
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance and on Friday, April 3, 2020, issued a recommendation on the use of cloth face masks
April 3, 2020
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While the Stay at Home order issued last month by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has numerous (and obvious) impacts on business ,...
April 3, 2020
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UPDATE: These FAQs have been updated to reflect recently released guidance from the SBA on affiliation rules.
April 1, 2020
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The IRS has delayed the due date for filing 2019 federal gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax returns and making federal gift and GST tax payments from April 15, 2020,...
April 1, 2020
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As discussed in two previous articles on payroll tax credits for sick and family leave and CARES Act tax relief, eligible employers are entitled to claim an employment tax credit...
April 1, 2020
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As part of the recently enacted $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress included expanded unemployment benefits in partnership with state unemployment agencies.
March 31, 2020
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Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of an interview series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 31, 2020
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In addition to benefits available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act), an existing benefit under the...
March 30, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor issued a series of additional Q&A on March 27, 2020, updating initial guidance for the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 30, 2020
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Enacted into law last Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included numerous provisions providing tax relief to individuals and businesses
March 30, 2020
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Small businesses looking for an economic lifeline as a result of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic have several loan programs they may be able to tap for help
March 26, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a series of Questions and Answers (Q&A) on March 25, 2020, detailing the leave requirements found in the recently passed Families First Coronavirus...
March 25, 2020
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Now that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order deemed construction to be an essential service, and the City of Chicago has confirmed that construction can proceed
March 24, 2020
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As employers nationwide have turned to teleworking to help “flatten the curve,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on March 20 that it will defer the physical presence requirement...
March 24, 2020
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UPDATE: The IRS released this guidance on March 30 regarding the payroll tax credits, stating that credits would for qualified wages paid beginning April 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.
March 23, 2020
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To help employers grappling with how to respond and handle a variety of challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States, we have compiled some answers to...
March 22, 2020
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Consistent with yesterday's Construction Update from Gould & Ratner, Judy Frydland, commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings, has confirmed in this email communication that construction can proceed...
March 21, 2020
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker yesterday issued an executive order advising the state’s citizens to stay home and allowing only essential businesses to keep operating beginning on March 21, 2020.
March 20, 2020
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In addition to issues regarding the viability of future projects, the coronavirus pandemic has created concerns whether if, or when, your current construction project may be shut down.
March 19, 2020
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In a 90-8 vote, the Senate yesterday passed a new version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act) that was signed into law by the President. By way...
March 18, 2020
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As part of an effort to provide some measure of tax relief during the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS has pushed back the April 15 deadline to July 15, 2020,
March 17, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all sectors of the economy. Businesses and organizations are facing multiple challenges involving potential business interruption, financing needs or workforce concerns.
March 17, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all sectors of the economy. Businesses and organizations are facing multiple challenges involving potential business interruption, financing needs or workforce concerns.
March 16, 2020
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This past weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to help address the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) and help mitigate its economic...
March 16, 2020
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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19) has been detected in more than 160 locations internationally, including in the United States.
March 11, 2020
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In our blog post back in February, we urged employers to develop and implement a plan to address the impact of a pandemic in the workplace.
March 5, 2020
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It's becoming increasingly clear that the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect the construction industry in the United States in the coming weeks and perhaps even longer.
February 19, 2020
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If you own at least 10% of a foreign company or any foreign rental real estate, you are required to file a form BE-10 by May 29, 2020
February 14, 2020
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The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, has spread to the United States, although so far in very small numbers.
February 10, 2020
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The I-9 Form, used to verify employment eligibility, was updated January 31, 2020, by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
January 2, 2020
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The SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act, signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, brings about major changes for your retirement plans.
December 30, 2019
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3… 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! It’s nearly 2020, and you may have read our previous blog posts about what that means for employers in Chicago, Illinois and...
December 18, 2019
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The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which seeks to bring predictability to employee scheduling, is effective as of July 1, 2020.
December 13, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced its final rule on perks and benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
December 6, 2019
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2020 is just weeks away, and Illinois’ new law allowing adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed stores has the potential to substantially change employers’ current...
November 19, 2019
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Vanessa Tiradentes, partner in Gould & Ratner’s Litigation Practice, served as editor for the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s “The Business Courts Benchbook: Procedures and Best Practices in Business
November 8, 2019
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker recently signed into law the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act that makes Illinois the first state to address the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in hiring.
November 4, 2019
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Throughout 2019, Illinois has adopted a number of laws imposing new requirements and restrictions on employers,
September 25, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued its final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
September 4, 2019
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When signed into law last month, the new Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) included a variety of provisions creating substantial changes for employers and employees starting Jan. 1, 2020
August 28, 2019
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A new amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act seeks to ensure gender pay equity. As discussed in our recent posting, New Illinois Law Bans Employers from Asking about Salary...
August 27, 2019
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A recent change in Illinois law will have a significant impact on how much retainage owners are allowed to withhold in the vast majority of new construction contracts in the...
August 14, 2019
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David Newman, chair of Gould & Ratner’s Intellectual Property Practice, authored an article for IP Watchdog that discusses how choosing arbitration to resolve Inter Partes Review proceedings can save cost...
August 13, 2019
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In a move seen to be helpful to business, the federal government is changing regulations related to how the Endangered Species Act is applied.
August 1, 2019
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act...
August 1, 2019
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A new law in Illinois seeks to advance the fight for pay equity. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on July 31, 2019
July 31, 2019
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You find yourself in a situation where you want (or need) to dissolve your limited liability company. You are in Illinois.
July 31, 2019
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Advancement is a corollary to indemnification, permitting directors, officers and managers to get legal fees advanced for their defense of claims asserted against them in their corporate capacity.
July 23, 2019
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The Illinois General Assembly has passed SB 75, a bill that would require all employers in the state to provide workplace sexual harassment training to employees annually
July 16, 2019
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llinois has cleared one of the last remaining minefields for out-of-state businesses selling to Illinois residents to submit the state sales tax that they are required to collect on such...
June 21, 2019
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that a trust beneficiary’s residence in a state by itself doesn’t give the state the right to tax the trust.
May 24, 2019
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Amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into effect on June 17, 2019 (the “coming into force date”, or “CIF”). Also the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) will be temporarily...
May 2019
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David Newman, Chair of Gould & Ratner's Intellectual Practice authored an article for Landslide, a publication for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.
March 27, 2019
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Attention businesses operating in Illinois: If you use a person’s “biometric” data for things like timekeeping or security, you must have a written policy
February 28, 2019
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We have all heard the old axiom: A lawyer who represents themself has a fool for a client. More truth than not in that statement, probably.
January 21, 2019
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As we welcome 2019, the following is a recap of new laws affecting Illinois employers. Illinois Human Rights Act The Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) nowrequires all Illinois employers to...
January 2019
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An inter partes review (IPR) might be more efficiently accomplished through arbitration than an IPR through a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)proceeding, so it should be considered by practitioners.
December 18, 2018
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As 2018 begins to wind down, it is the traditional time for industry experts to prognosticate on risks facing the construction industry. We have reviewedseveral such prognostications from the insurance...
November 6, 2018
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The Opportunity Zone program was created as a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017. The program was developed with the intent to helpencourage investment in...
September 3, 2018
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On August 21, 2018 the State of Illinois amended the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to prohibit an employer from reducing an employee’s compensationfor breaks for nursing mothers.
May 24, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major victory for employers across America – ruling that mandatory arbitration agreements that contain a provision prohibiting any form of class or collective...
March 18, 2018
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When negotiating a construction contract, the pricing model selected to determine the cost of the project is arguably the most important decision the partieswill make.
February 5, 2018
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Along with the new year came sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), in the form of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (theAct)....
February 1, 2018
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Stiff Penalties Will Likely Force Compliance With GDPR

A sweeping new law aimed at protecting the privacy of people living in the European Union will likely force virtually all businesses –...

December 31, 2017
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The Senate and the House have each passed their own version of Tax Reform. In comparing the two bills there are many similarities, however, there are also many differences that...
December 18, 2017
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An insidious and underreported aspect of the tax legislation winding its way through Congress this week is a provision that likely will meaningfully and negatively impact private equity transactions, the...
November 19, 2017
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Taking aim at standard-setting organizations for potentially anti-competitive behavior, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim delivered unprecedentedremarks in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, 2017. Member-driven SSOs, such as the European Telecommunications...
November 16, 2017
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Taking aim at SSOs for potentially anti-competitive behavior, Assistant Attorney General, Makan Delrahim delivered remarks at the U.S.C. Gould School ofLaw's Center for Transnational Law and Business Conference (Los Angeles,...
November 6, 2017
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In a groundbreaking decision, the federal appellate court in Chicago has held that employers are not required under the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) to provide an employee with a long-term...
September 6, 2017
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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced an immediate stay and review of an Obama-era policy requiring pay information to be included on form EEO-1. The revised form...

September 5, 2017
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Remember last November when a federal judge put a temporary hold on significant changes to federal labor laws affecting millions of workers and their employers?
June 2017
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Two new local ordinances requiring employers in Cook County or Chicago to provide paid sick leave take effect on July 1, 2017.
May 29, 2017
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David Newman discusses how three U.S. Supreme Court rulings weaken patents and may damage many U.S. technology sectors.
May 2017
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Eric Sparks examines freedom of contract and the rule of law in the jurisprudence of merits-based review of arbitration awards in construction matters.
May 2017
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In this article, published in Intellectual Property magazine, Gould & Ratner IP Practice Chair David Newman discusses how a change to theIP system is needed to meet the call for...
April 3, 2017
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in Chicago) ruled on April 4, 2017, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which prohibitsworkplace discrimination...
February 22, 2017
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When preparing for an archeological dig, New Hampshire state archeologist Richard Boisvert once succinctly stated: “If we knew what was there, we wouldn’thave to dig.”
December 8, 2016
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David Newman discusses how Apple is in jeopardy of losing most of the $400 million damage award it had previously achieved against Samsung Electronics Inc.
October 2016
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October 2016
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Family-owned companies and other closely held businesses and investment entities would be affected
April 2016
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Companies can now bring civil actions for misappropriation of their trade secrets in federal courts through the Defense of Trade Secrets Act 2016, makingit easier to prevent former or current...
April 29, 2016
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McDonald’s and the National Labor Relations Board faced off in an administrative court to determine whether the fast-food chain is liable for theactions of its franchisees as a joint employer.
March 2016
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Most construction contracts contain boilerplate Force Majeure or Act of God provisions, but they should clearly identify what those events are, their impacton contract terms and allocate the risks of...
March 2016
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At the start of this year, a new provision of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act became effective, a major development in the history of Illinois’ MechanicsLien Act that may simplify...
February 2016
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Litigation over restrictive covenant agreements, including non-competes, is on the rise. Because such agreements are viewed as restraints on trade, theyare generally disfavored by Illinois courts. In a recent decision,...
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Because of changes to the law enacted last year, all existing Exemption Certificates for Enterprise Zones, High-Impact Businesses and River Edge Redevelopment Zones expire June 30, 2013, even if the...
April 12, 2013
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