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IL No choice allowed - auto enrollment in IRAs and Chicago dogs

October 22nd, 2019

Wesley Covert at Laner Muchin

Chicago dog

Enrollment in a retirement savings program for Illinois employees is getting to the point that it requires no thought, , no choice, no decisions to be made, kind of like when you order a Chicago dog.

As of November of 2019, all private sector workers working for a company with 25 or more employees who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirment plan will be automatically enrolled in IRAs that will take a 5% after-tax bite out of gross wages.

Wesley Covert explains the Secure Choice Savings Program, provides some links for further info and mentions an upside for employers.

How to avoid Major League workplace problems

October 21st, 2019

Travis Vance and Curtis Moore at Fisher Phillips

Charilie sheen major league

Your office, a movie or a clever construct designed to entertain while imparting widsom:

  • Manager who plays by the old rules. 
  • Prima donna who is past their prime. 
  • The ace who is an ace because he cheats.
  • Power employee who takes to voodoo to break a bad streak.
  • Grizzled veteran who drinks too much and is worn out.
  • Convicted felon with talent but no control.

It is a movie (Major League) and probably your office and most certainly a clever ruse executed by Travis Vance and Curtis Moore.

5 human resources must-dos before 2019 expires

October 17th, 2019

Debra Friedman at Cozen O'Connor

Countdown to 2020

Only 75 more days (as I write this - click on the countdown clock above for a current number) until 2020.

Which means you have however many days left divided by five (the number of compliance tips that Debra Friedman suggests you track and implement), which conveniently for you, are listed below and, not coincidentally, expounded upon by Debra Friedman:

  1. new salary thresholds for exempt employees
  2. salary history bans
  3. independent contractor status
  4. medical and recreational marijuana
  5. paid sick leave and family and medical leave.


Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

October 15th, 2019

Various federal and state statutes require employers to keep employee applications and other employment information for a specified period of time.  The person charged with the administration of personnel files and applications is responsible for ensu...

Employment verification sample memorandums

October 14th, 2019

David A. Selden, Heidi Nunn-Gilman, Jennifer L. Sellers, Julie A. Pace, Yijee Jeong

The Cavanagh Law Firm P.A.

Memorandum for managers Memorandum for Managers The Company is committed to obeying the law. The C...