Publications

February 5, 2021
Publication
On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety.”
Emily Farr
Partner
February 5, 2021
Publication
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated the section of its Compliance Manual on religious discrimination in the workplace.
Emily Farr
Partner
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
February 1, 2021
Publication
Construction industry forecasts are difficult in a “normal year” (remember those?), let alone a year following a global pandemic.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
January 21, 2021
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
January 19, 2021
Publication
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...
Jeffrey Rambach
Of Counsel
January 14, 2021
Publication
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.
Ilana Bley
Associate
January 14, 2021
Publication
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...
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
December 29, 2020
Publication
Last week, Congress passed a $900 billion Appropriations Act that includes a number of changes that affect businesses and their employees.
Emily Farr
Partner
December 28, 2020
Publication
The CASE Act of 2019 creates a Copyright Claims Board to decide copyright disputes from within the U.S. Copyright Office.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
December 23, 2020
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
December 23, 2020
Publication
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...
Ilana Bley
Associate
December 22, 2020
Publication
If employers want to make vaccinations mandatory, can they force their employees' hands (or, more accurately, their arms)?
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Emily Farr
Partner
Mark Brookstein
Partner
December 14, 2020
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
December 9, 2020
Publication
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,...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
November 16, 2020
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
November 10, 2020
Publication
Insurers across the nation continue to file motions to dismiss COVID-19 cases brought by policyholders on three primary grounds.
Emily Farr
Partner
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
October 1, 2020
Publication
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
Paul Carroll
Managing Partner
Daniel Crowley
Associate
September 30, 2020
Publication
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...
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
Emily Farr
Partner
September 24, 2020
Publication
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
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
Emily Farr
Partner
September 21, 2020
Publication
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...
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
September 15, 2020
Publication
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...
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
September 8, 2020
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
September 3, 2020
Publication
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...
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
September 2, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
In this second episode, our Chief Marketing Officer, John Byrne, interviews Corporate Associate Robert Chidester about what companies looking to raise capital
Robert Chidester
Partner
July 22, 2020
Publication
Nearly three months after its initial announcement, on June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve launched its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
July 17, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, owners and developers find themselves facing the prospect of continued project disruptions.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
July 9, 2020
Publication
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...
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
July 7, 2020
Publication
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.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
June 29, 2020
Publication
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...
Paul Carroll
Managing Partner
Daniel Crowley
Associate
June 25, 2020
Publication
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
Philip Piecuch
Associate
June 24, 2020
Publication
June 19, 2020
Publication
This week, the SBA released new guidance surrounding the ever-changing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Emily Farr
Partner
June 18, 2020
Publication
Lodging establishments will need to provide training to certain employees on how to recognize the signs.
Emily Farr
Partner
June 15, 2020
Publication
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.
Emily Farr
Partner
June 12, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the third installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
June 9, 2020
Publication
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
Emily Farr
Partner
June 4, 2020
Publication
As Illinois businesses start to slowly reopen, employers are faced with a new normal.
Emily Farr
Partner
June 2, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
The Cook County Assessor is doing what?
Amy Blumenthal
Managing Partner
June 1, 2020
Publication
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...
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
May 26, 2020
Publication
Application Now Available With New Interim Final Rules for Paycheck Protection Program
Emily Farr
Partner
May 26, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
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.
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Litigation
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
May 20, 2020
Publication
The IRS issued Notice 2020-29 on May 12, 2020, to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 13, 2020
Publication
This week, the Department of Labor issued further clarification on the scope of FFCRA.
Emily Farr
Partner
May 13, 2020
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
May 13, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
May 7, 2020
Publication
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
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
May 4, 2020
Publication
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.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
May 4, 2020
Publication
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...
Mark Brookstein
Partner
May 1, 2020
Publication
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.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
April 29, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its FAQ page on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Emily Farr
Partner
April 29, 2020
Publication
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,...
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
April 29, 2020
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Matthew Spinner
Paralegal
April 28, 2020
Publication
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.
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Litigation
Alison Constantine
Associate
April 28, 2020
Publication
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
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
April 27, 2020
Publication
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...
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Litigation
April 24, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
The already-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is expected to soon receive a $310 billion infusion of new funding in the next few days.
Emily Farr
Partner
April 23, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
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
Publication
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
Publication
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19
April 20, 2020
Publication
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
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
Matthew Spinner
Paralegal
April 17, 2020
Publication
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
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
April 16, 2020
Publication
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,
Mark Brookstein
Partner
April 15, 2020
Publication
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....
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
April 14, 2020
Publication
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
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
April 13, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
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
Emily Farr
Partner
April 10, 2020
Publication
The Federal Reserve yesterday announced a series of actions authorized by the CARES Act to try to stabilize the economy
Emily Farr
Partner
April 10, 2020
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
April 10, 2020
Publication
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...
Paige Krause
Associate
April 7, 2020
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
April 7, 2020
Publication
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
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
April 6, 2020
Publication
There are many issues that a business must consider when a vendor, customer or other contact files for bankruptcy protection.
Matthew Olins
Partner
Chair, Business Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Practice
April 6, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
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 ,...
Karen Meehan
Partner
April 3, 2020
Publication
UPDATE: These FAQs have been updated to reflect recently released guidance from the SBA on affiliation rules.
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
April 1, 2020
Publication
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,...
Ilana Bley
Associate
April 1, 2020
Publication
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...
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
April 1, 2020
Publication
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.
Mark Brookstein
Partner
March 31, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of an interview series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
March 31, 2020
Publication
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...
Ilana Bley
Associate
March 30, 2020
Publication
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
Emily Farr
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
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
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
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
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
Emily Farr
Partner
March 26, 2020
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Litigation
March 25, 2020
Publication
As businesses try to cope with the serious threats arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, virtually all of them are looking to see what relief and protections
Christopher Rog
Associate
March 25, 2020
Publication
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
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
March 24, 2020
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Mark Brookstein
Partner
March 24, 2020
Publication
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.
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
March 23, 2020
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Emily Farr
Partner
March 22, 2020
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
March 21, 2020
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
March 20, 2020
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
March 19, 2020
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Emily Farr
Partner
March 18, 2020
Publication
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,
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
March 17, 2020
Publication
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.
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Litigation
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
Litigation
March 17, 2020
Publication
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.
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
March 16, 2020
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Litigation
March 16, 2020
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
March 11, 2020
Publication
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.
Emily Farr
Partner
March 5, 2020
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick Johnson
Associate
February 19, 2020
Publication
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
Ilana Bley
Associate
February 14, 2020
Publication
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
Publication
The I-9 Form, used to verify employment eligibility, was updated January 31, 2020, by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Litigation
January 2, 2020
Publication
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.
Ilana Bley
Associate
December 30, 2019
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
December 18, 2019
Publication
The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which seeks to bring predictability to employee scheduling, is effective as of July 1, 2020.
Mark Brookstein
Partner
Emily Farr
Partner
December 13, 2019
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced its final rule on perks and benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Emily Farr
Partner
December 6, 2019
Publication
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...
Emily Farr
Partner
November 19, 2019
Publication
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
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
November 8, 2019
Publication
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.
Mark Brookstein
Partner
November 4, 2019
Publication
Throughout 2019, Illinois has adopted a number of laws imposing new requirements and restrictions on employers,
September 25, 2019
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued its final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Mark Brookstein
Partner
September 4, 2019
Publication
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
Mark Brookstein
Partner
August 28, 2019
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Mark Brookstein
Partner
August 27, 2019
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
August 19, 2019
Publication
August 14, 2019
Publication
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...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
August 13, 2019
Publication
In a move seen to be helpful to business, the federal government is changing regulations related to how the Endangered Species Act is applied.
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
August 1, 2019
Publication
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act...
August 1, 2019
Publication
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
Publication
You find yourself in a situation where you want (or need) to dissolve your limited liability company. You are in Illinois.
Alison Constantine
Associate
July 31, 2019
Publication
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.
Vanessa Tiradentes
Partner
July 23, 2019
Publication
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
Mark Brookstein
Partner
July 16, 2019
Publication
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...
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
June 21, 2019
Publication
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.
Ilana Bley
Associate
May 24, 2019
Publication
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...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
May 2019
Publication
David Newman, Chair of Gould & Ratner's Intellectual Practice authored an article for Landslide, a publication for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
February 28, 2019
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
January 21, 2019
Publication
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...
Mark Brookstein
Partner
January 2019
Publication
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.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
December 18, 2018
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
November 6, 2018
Publication
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...
Ilana Bley
Associate
Daniel Crowley
Associate
September 3, 2018
Publication
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.
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Mark Brookstein
Partner
May 24, 2018
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Mark Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
May 2018
Publication
March 18, 2018
Publication
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.
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Daniel Crowley
Associate
Philip Piecuch
Associate
February 2018
Publication
February 5, 2018
Publication
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)....
Jennifer Tolsky
Partner
February 1, 2018
Publication
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 –...

January 3, 2018
Publication
December 31, 2017
Publication
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...
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
December 18, 2017
Publication
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...
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
December 1, 2017
Publication
November 19, 2017
Publication
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...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
November 16, 2017
Publication
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,...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
November 6, 2017
Publication
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...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
September 6, 2017
Publication

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...

Mark Brookstein
Partner
September 5, 2017
Publication
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?
Mark Brookstein
Partner
June 2017
Publication
Two new local ordinances requiring employers in Cook County or Chicago to provide paid sick leave take effect on July 1, 2017.
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
May 29, 2017
Publication
David Newman discusses how three U.S. Supreme Court rulings weaken patents and may damage many U.S. technology sectors.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
May 2017
Publication
Eric Sparks examines freedom of contract and the rule of law in the jurisprudence of merits-based review of arbitration awards in construction matters.
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
May 2017
Publication
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...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
April 3, 2017
Publication
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...
Mark Brookstein
Partner
February 22, 2017
Publication
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.”
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Daniel Crowley
Associate
Construction
December 8, 2016
Publication
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.
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
Litigation
October 2016
Publication
October 2016
Publication
Family-owned companies and other closely held businesses and investment entities would be affected
August 2016
Publication
April 2016
Publication
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...
David Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
April 29, 2016
Publication
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.
Mark Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
March 2016
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Litigation
March 2016
Publication
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...
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Construction
Real Estate
February 2016
Publication
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,...
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
August 2015
Publication
February 2014
Publication
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Construction
December 2013
Publication
Edward Trio
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
September 2013
Publication
September 2013
Publication
John Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
Financial Services
June 2013
Publication
Jessica Lingertat
Managing Partner
Real Estate
June 2013
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
May 2013
Publication
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Construction
May 2013
Publication
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...
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Real Estate
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Construction
Real Estate
April 12, 2013
Publication
February 2013
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
January 2013
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
December 2012
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
December 9, 2012
Publication
Ronald Mora
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Real Estate
April 2012
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
January 2012
Publication
Matthew Olins
Partner
Chair, Business Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Practice
September 2011
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
May 2011
Publication
John Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
Litigation
May 2011
Publication
John Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
January 2011
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2011
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
January 2011
Publication
Karin O'Connell
Of Counsel
Environmental
Real Estate
Virginia Harding
Of Counsel
Real Estate
Environmental
December 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
December 2010
Publication
Steven Gustafson
Partner
Chair, Tax Controversy Practice
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
September 15, 2010
Publication
Jessica Lingertat
Managing Partner
Real Estate
July 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
July 2010
Publication
Gail Bley
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
June 2010
Publication
Brian Gilbert
Managing Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
June 2010
Publication
June 2010
Publication
May 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
March 2010
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
September 2009
Publication
Brian Gilbert
Managing Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
September 2009
Publication
Karen Meehan
Partner
Real Estate
June 2009
Publication
David Arnburg
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Corporate
February 2009
Publication
David Arnburg
Partner
Real Estate
December 2008
Publication
November 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 2008
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
September 2008
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
September 2008
Publication
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
September 2008
Publication
March 2008
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
February 2008
Publication
Steven Gustafson
Partner
Chair, Tax Controversy Practice
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Real Estate
February 2008
Publication
Steven Gustafson
Partner
Chair, Tax Controversy Practice
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
January 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
December 2007
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
December 2007
Publication
December 2007
Publication
Karen Meehan
Partner
Real Estate
December 2007
Publication
Ronald Mora
Partner
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
December 2007
Publication
Steven Gustafson
Partner
Chair, Tax Controversy Practice
Tax Planning and Compliance
Financial Services
October 2007
Publication
Paul Carroll
Managing Partner
Litigation
Real Estate
September 2007
Publication
Richard Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Litigation
Eric Sparks
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Litigation
July 2007
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
July 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
June 2007
Publication
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Tax Planning and Compliance
Tax Controversy
April 2007
Publication
David Michael
Partner
Chair, Human Resources and Employment Practice
Human Resources and Employment
March 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
February 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
February 2007
Publication
Gerard Fellows
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Tax Planning and Compliance
Tax Controversy
January 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
September 2006
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
June 2005
Publication
Brian Gilbert
Managing Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
December 2001
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
December 2000
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 2000
Publication
April 2000
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
October 1999
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
May 1999
Publication
Brian Gilbert
Managing Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
October 1998
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
February 1998
Publication
August 1990
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs