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Other Employment Law Issues in Chicago

Other Employment Law Issues relates to the more unusual, or harder to categorize, issues that impact employment law in Chicago. Whether it has to do with facing unusual questions during an interview, or how criminal histories might affect your employment future, or how to contact the EEOC, you will find those stories here. There are also tips and how-to's, to better navigate the complex arena of employment law in Chicago. The best thing when faced with an employment law issue is to find a good Chicago employment lawyer; but the best place to start is to be informed about the entire litigation process.

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Ill. Prepares for Medical MJ, but Employers Can Still Fire Potheads

The public is showing a growing interest in Illinois' new medical marijuana program, The Associated Press reports.

Though the law already passed under the state's new four-year medical marijuana pilot program, it has not yet been implemented.

Here are three considerations for Illinois employers and employees to keep in mind concerning medical marijuana:

Do Chicago Employers Have to Provide Sick Leave?

This year's flu season was particularly rough. Chicago's public health department reported 154 flu-related intensive care unit hospitalizations between the end of September 2013 and early February, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Though spring is fast approaching, people are still coming down with the flu, requiring them to take time off from work to recover.

But are employers legally required to provide paid sick leave?

Can Illinois Businesses Refuse Service to Gays?

Although businesses can refuse to serve customers who don't pay their bills, Illinois businesses likely can't refuse to serve gay people.

While federal law doesn't protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people from discrimination when patronizing businesses, Illinois and Chicago laws forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation.

However, businesses that aren't open to the public may have a legal loophole.

7 Legal Reasons to Fire An Employee

The question of whether or not to fire an employee is a daunting predicament for employers. To make the decision simpler (or less complicated), employers should find out whether the law is on their side.

Here are seven legal reasons to fire an employee:

Office Holiday Decorations: 5 Legally Merry Tips

When it comes to office holiday decorations, why shouldn't you be able to celebrate the holidays at work? Before you begin decking the halls of your office, keep in mind that there may be some legal points to consider.

Here are five legally merry tips when it comes to your office holiday decorations:

Can Employers Use Criminal History in Hiring Decisions?

A background check can make the difference between a candidate snagging the job or getting the boot. But it's important for employers to tread carefully when looking into a candidate's criminal history.

As it turns out, prospective employers can't always use whatever they find in the hiring process.

Illinois, like many other states, limits an employer's ability to look into a job applicant's criminal history.

5 Things to Negotiate in Your Job Contract

The interview went well and you seemingly locked down the job that you want. Now it's time for you to negotiate your job contract.

For certain positions (typically, high-level and executive positions), the employer will enter into an employment agreement with you.

The job contract can cover pretty much everything that touches upon your employment. Because these contracts are binding and set forth your rights, you will want to be careful before signing them. In addition, you should know that you may be able to negotiate certain provisions. Here's a look at five important terms you may want to negotiate:

What Employers Should Know About Employment Contracts

All employment contracts are not created equal. And if you are not careful about what you put in your boilerplate employment contracts, you may find yourself over-promising, violating the law, and potentially even being sued.

While it may be a good idea to start with a template to get certain standard provisions correct, it is important that you review each individual contract and make it specific for each position.

Some things you should keep in mind when reviewing your employment contracts can include:

How to Deal With Your New Employment Contract

More and more new hires are asked to sign an employment contract when they join a company.

Employment agreements can be written contracts, or they can be verbal promises or provisions made in an employee handbook or company policy. Generally, you will want your contract in written form.

Employment contracts are enforceable, and you will want to make sure that everything promised to you at your interview is contained in the contract. In addition, you will want to make sure that there are no surprises.

When reviewing your contract, keep the following three questions in mind:

Illinois' Employer Posting Requirements

One of the easiest ways to get in legal trouble as an employer is by not meeting Illinois' employer posting requirements.

The posting requirements are pretty simple: Make sure that your employees can see these enumerated state and federal notices. But for whatever reason -- be it laziness, ignorance, or oversight -- many employers fail to meet these requirements.

To make things easy for you, here are a list of Illinois and federal posting requirements, as provided by the Illinois Department of Labor.