Client Alert
September, 2017
Harvey and Irma – Employer’s Dilemma
Contact Attorney Walter Liszka in our Chicago office at
(312) 629-9300 or by email at
By Walter J. Liszka, Esq.
The effects of Harvey and Irma will have longstanding impact on the expenditure of federal resources and the everyday life of Texas and Florida citizens. They are also a reminder to all businesses of the impact of natural events and the importance of disaster recovery planning. A business' first concern should always be the safety and protection of its employees and its physical property. However, a natural disaster can destroy a business' information and assets that are critical to its success and continuity. There are key steps to prepare and respond to a natural disaster and to minimize the disruption. Here are a few steps to conduct for an effective disaster recovery plan:

  1. Have the right team in place. It must be understood that disasters do not just effect information and technology assets, but they also will have a direct effect on the sales force, human resources, legal, finance, and overall management. It is crucial, when developing the right team, to phrase/create a disaster recovery plan that details how each segment of the company is part of the planning process and the assessment of risk.

Common Risky Employer Mistakes in a Workplace Investigation
By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq.
The need for workplace investigations usually arises suddenly and without warning. Company management receives a complaint (most commonly a sex harassment complaint or a complaint of discrimination) and often does not know how to proceed.

As a management-side labor and employment law firm, the attorneys in our law firm frequently receive calls from clients wanting to know how to handle an investigation after receiving a complaint. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the mistakes we frequently see.

MISTAKE #1: Not carefully reading over your Company's policy on investigations in response to a workplace complaint (for example, a sex harassment complaint).

RISKY BECAUSE: The Company's policy may contain very specific procedures. For example, the Complainant will be told the outcome of the investigation. (Another example, the Complainant will be given a copy of the Investigation Report.)

Contact Attorney Nancy Joerg in our St. Charles office at
(630) 377-1554 or by email at
State of Unions
By Walter J. Liszka, Esq.
With the passage of another Labor Day, which was surprisingly quiet in regard to demonstrations and parades supporting organized labor, it is time to take a “quick look” across the landscape to see what the current status of organized labor truly is.
While it is very clear that private sector Union Membership has again hit an all-time low – 6.4%, Unions continue to grow in the public sector arena and this may pose even bigger problems for the country with the attendant cost and potential pension related issues. One need only track what has gone on in the State of Illinois and the legislative stupidity in funding Union Pension Plans exercised by the State Legislators that now create a potential financial disaster for Illinois taxpayers.

Contact Attorney Walter Liszka in our Chicago office at (312) 629-9300 or by email at
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Avoid Legal Mistakes in Onboarding: Teleseminar, Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2-3 pm

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CLIENT ALERT Editor-in-Chief........Walter J. Liszka
Minnesota........................................James B. Sherman
Wisconsin.........................................Alan E. Seneczko
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