Illinois Client Update
Legal News for Illinois Employers
July, 2019
Contact Nancy in our St. Charles, IL office at (630) 377-1554 or by email
The IDES Has Sprung to Life!! Important News for Illinois Companies Who Use Independent Contractors
By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq.
Over the many years in which I have represented Illinois companies before the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), I have seen the activity level of the IDES ebb and flow.
In some years, the IDES is very energetic and active, sending out its army of IDES auditors to audit Illinois businesses (making sure these businesses are paying the proper amount in taxes called contributions). In other years, especially recently, the IDES has been much less active, with audits and hearings scheduled at a much slower pace. But currently the IDES has done much hiring of auditors and hearing officers, with a resulting burst of audits and hearings!

C ontact Walter in our Chicago, IL office at (312) 629-9300 or by email
Recreational Cannabis Law - Beware of Pitfalls
By Walter J. Liszka, Esq.
On May 31, 2019, the State of Illinois approved House Bill 1438 which created the "Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act". This Bill was signed, with a lot of "fanfare and publicity," by Governor Pritzker on June 24, 2019. The Act provides that, effective January 1, 2020, Illinois Residents who are 21 years of age or older may legally possess up to thirty (30) grams of cannabis flower; no more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in cannabis infused products and five (5) grams of cannabis concentrate. Non-Illinois residents will be able to legally possess fifteen (15) grams of cannabis flower; no more than 250 milligrams of THC and cannabis-infused products and 2.5 grams of cannabis concentrate (i.e., one-half of that Illinois available residents). Any and all permitted cannabis purchases must be made from licensed cannabis dispensaries.
Obviously, the House Bill also provided substantial tax incentives to be taken on the above purchases and, in the opinion of the author, that is the major or principal reason that this legislation has been passed.

How to Use Severance & Release Agreements When Firing an Employee
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 2-3 pm

Presented by Attorneys Nancy Joerg & Tony Caruso

If a company is planning on terminating an employee whom the company feels may be litigious or may be a high-risk termination, then the company may want the employee to sign a severance and release agreement. Giving an employee severance in exchange for the employee signing a release of all claims is an effective way a company can help avoid potential litigation .

Want more information? Contact Tammy Nelson at (630) 377-1554 or by email
Employee Handbooks for Illinois Employers. What Policies to Include (and Why)!
When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 2-3pm

Presented by Attorneys Nancy Joerg & Tony Caruso

Have you ever wondered if your employee handbook is really up to date and complete ? Are you in the process of re-writing your handbook and you're not sure what you should, or should not, include? Join us to learn the true purpose of a handbook; Illinois specific language to use ; what policies to leave out; how to treat employee benefits; and what handbooks should say about performance reviews and salary.

Want more information? Contact Tammy Nelson at (630) 377-1554 or by email
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Editor-in-Chief: Nancy E. Joerg, Esq.