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On August 21, 2018, the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act was amended, effectively immediately, to require employers to provide breastfeeding employees reasonable paid breaks to express milk or nurse their infants for up to a year after birth. As long as the accommodations do not result in 'undue hardship' to the employers, employers must comply. Previously, the law only required employers to provide unpaid breaks.

This amendment is important given that it is more common for women to be the breadwinners for their families. According to the US Census Bureau (2013), 38% of women in the workforce gave birth in the previous 12 months. Further, women cite unsupportive workplace policies as one reason for weaning their babies earlier than they wanted to. The hope is that by creating supportive workplace policies and allowing women to express milk at work, mothers can breastfeed their babies longer.

If are an employee who is currently breastfeeding with a year of birth, do not hesitate to be clear about your expectations to pump or nurse at work. If you are an employer, be aware of this law so you can be compliant.

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You see this typewriter? It looks old. It may not even function correctly causing you to make mistakes that cost you time and money. Contracts are the same. If you are someone who frequently deals with contracts, such as a business, and you do not review or update your contracts regularly, you run the risk of your contracts also being old and obsolete.

I am constantly updating my own contracts within my practice too. Contracts are essentially living documents that are subject to change based on the growth and changes of your business (if applicable), the nature of your relationships, the changes related to those relationships, and just overall experiences with people. Like anything that remains stagnant, it runs the risk of being outdated and obsolete.

For example, if you are a business and there is a recurring problem you are having with vendors or customers, you can change your future contracts to reflect a potential solution. Another example, if you thought one incentive (say, for productivity) would work for your employees but it turns out it is not helpful at all, then again, update your contract to reflect a new system of incentives.

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When we think of lawsuits, we think of attorneys, courts, judges and. But how often do we think of settlements? In the eyes of many, the settlement is underrated. Personally, I am a huge proponent of settlement, even before going to court. Court is expensive for both parties and litigation can lead to sour feelings between parties to an already sour situation. Additionally, it is common that even after winning a lawsuit, the winning party is so marred by the litigation process that winning no longer feels satisfying.

So what is the best way to settle? Start with a demand letter to begin the negotiation process. Demand letters contain little risk in that they cost relatively little for a potentially large payout. Here are some tips that I am sharing from my experience over my years of practice:

  • Analyze and research your position, goals, strengths, and weaknesses.

Any good negotiator will tell you that a good negotiation largely consists of the work you put in before coming to the table. Accordingly, know the strength of your claims, both from a legal and factual perspective, and really ask your self what your goals are. Would you be satisfied with a 50% settlement? It's also equally important to get a good understanding of your best alternative scenario if a settlement does not materialize. If your best alternative is the status quo and your situation is likely to be improved by rejecting a settlement offer or counteroffer, then litigation may not be a bad idea. If a 50% settlement is significantly more than what you would gain from a lawsuit after attorneys fees, then despite 50% being a 'low' settlement deal, when you analyze it with your best alternative scenario, 50% is actually pretty good. Make those decisions up front.

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Starting a corporation is not as hard as it sounds, but some guidance is always great. Once you file your articles of incorporation, you need to take care of your 'meeting minutes' and have your shareholders elect your board of directors then the board must turn around and appoint the officers. If you're still in the start up phase or you are just one or two people, this process can actually be quite informal but necessary to maintain records for your corporation. I've created some templates that you can find in our Free Resources section (yes, there is no catch, they are actually free!)

And que the disclaimer that these resources are for informational purposes only and usage of these resources do not create an attorney- client privilege.

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If you are starting a new business or just have a new idea that you want or need to share with others in order to launch your idea, you need to protect your idea from being stolen. Merely telling someone that your idea is secret or kindly asking them not to share is just not enough. I've provided a sample

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that you can present for signing before sharing your valuable idea. It's free to download and use! (Disclaimer: it is always best to consult with an attorney about your specific situation and the sharing of this document does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship).

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