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October 30, 2013 – 1,072 views
Michael Wong - SmithAmundsen LLC
The Illinois Medical Marijuana Law and its four year pilot program will become effective January 1, 2014. However, this does not mean employers will be inundated by individuals who are registered medical marijuana users on January 1st... Full Story 
October 30, 2013 – 1,242 views
Legal Compliance Resource
The past few months have seen the introduction of over 20 bills, related to spying reform and transparency, by members of Congress. The latest proposal to be introduced is the USA FREEDOM Act on October 29, 2013. The bill, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Ct.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is intended to set some boundaries in terms of how the NSA collects and uses the information of American citizens... Full Story 
October 23, 2013 – 1,209 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Although it has been just four days since the bill has been passed, the 100 million dollar tax cut on properties is soon likely to become a law. The bill was put forth on Monday by Scott Walker, the Republican Governor. Now that it has passed through several appeals in the span of merely four days, it is on its way to pass the final... Full Story 
October 21, 2013 – 1,215 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Getting a judgment means that the court has ruled in favor of the creditor in a civil liability case. This means that, in a civil liability case, the court has decided that one party owes money to the other, in this case a debtor (person that owes the debt) and a creditor (person that is owed). The judgment of the court is not self-enforcing, which means that the debtor must wait on the creditor and can ask for the aide of the court to... Full Story 
October 17, 2013 – 1,028 views
Jeff Glass - SmithAmundsen LLC
The Illinois Supreme Court has declined to review the Fifield decision. Fifield is the June 2013 case where the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District (Cook County) held that employment at will was not adequate consideration for a restrictive covenant (i.e., non-competes, non-solicitation clauses, etc.) This was a change in the law since, historically, employers did not have to offer any extra consideration when new hires signed restrictive covenants... Full Story 
October 17, 2013 – 1,746 views
Legal Compliance Resource
One of the most common mistakes that people make is that they believe that the process of closing a commercial real re-state loan and a regular home loan are the same. The biggest difference between the two is the number of documents and inspections that are carried out. This includes... Full Story 
October 16, 2013 – 997 views
Legal Compliance Resource
The environmental regulations proposed by President Obama have had a spanner thrown at them. The Supreme Court has allowed a challenge to the new regulations from as many as six parties. This could potentially derail the EPA's plans to prevent climate change... Full Story 
October 14, 2013 – 1,060 views
Legal Compliance Resource
Law Enforcement administrators have been confronted by the media with the stellar rise in the number of Sudden In-Custody Death cases over the past year. Most of the time, law enforcement personnel are unaware of what causes these incidents and struggle to find the source of the problem. Excited delirium is one such case which eludes law enforcement personnel as there is a less chance of keeping the offender in restraints as well as... Full Story