201903.18
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New Biometric Data Class Action

As we warned in our blog post of March 11th, 2019 on “The New Perils of Using Electronic Means to Identify Your Workers or Customers”, Highland Baking in Northbrook has been sued for potentially hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in damages in a class action violation of the new biometric privacy laws by…

201903.11
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The New Perils of Using Electronic Means to Identify Your Workers or Customers

On January 25, 2019, The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), the toughest privacy law in the nation, did not require actual damages to be shown by workers or customers, but that very serious damages were presumed where violations occur, up to $1,000/$5,000 per person per incident. Under the…

201812.12
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Employee Performance Reviews- Sword or Shield?

While performance reviews are a routine part of many job positions, they can be a sword or a shield in employment disputes. These documents can be valuable evidence in many types of employment claims, especially those involving allegations of wrongful termination. Performance reviews are intended to provide feedback and identify opportunities for growth. They can…

201801.12
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Taxpayer Identity Theft in 2018

Equifax’s major data loss in 2017, where thieves stole sensitive information of more than 145 million people, is making taxpayers, the IRS, and CPAs worry. Tax authorities fear that Equifax’s stolen information may create havoc in 2018 as crooks race to use the stolen data to falsify returns. Fraudulent tax returns are typically filed early…

201707.13
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Illinois Legislature Overrides Rauner Veto: Illinois Income Tax Changes Effective 7/1/17

On July 4, 2017, the Illinois Senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto and passed a $36 billion budget package. With the override, the Illinois Senate effectively passed the package which amends the Illinois Income Tax Act and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act, resulting in a $5 billion tax increase. Here’s what Illinois businesses…