Announcements

Phase 3 of Chicago’s Business Reopening – Focus on Offices

As states and municipalities across the nation begin to ease restrictions on businesses to allow them to “reopen” and resume economic activity, employers are evaluating how to safely return employees to the workplace. Businesses are faced with a maze of laws, regulations, orders, and “guidance” from the federal, state, and local level – many overlapping, some conflicting.

CARES Act provides cash and other relief for businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, the CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among other things, the Act provides businesses with unprecedented access to emergency loans as well as some federal tax relief. The Act has many provisions, which we will detail for you in the coming days, but we want to highlight several key provisions now:

David S. Americus Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2018

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Partner, David S. Americus, has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2018  for the fifth consecutive year (2014-2018) in the area of Closely and Privately Held Business Law. The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

David S. Americus Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2017

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Partner, David S. Americus, has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2017  for the fourth straight year (2014-2017) in the area of Closely and Privately Held Business Law. The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Rick Del Giudice Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Rick Del Giudice, has been named for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers from 2012 - 2017 (Business Litigation).
Illinois Super Lawyers identified the top five percent of the lawyers in Illinois based on research and peer nominations conducted by Law & Politics.  Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Business Law Alerts

Employees Now Protected from Discrimination Based on LGBTQ Status

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits, among other things, discrimination against employees based on “sex.”  Federal courts have long divided on whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination also prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status.

Increased Litigation Over Businesses’ Use Of Employee Personal Information

Employees are suing their employers for using their biometric data (e.g. handprint, fingerprint, voiceprint and/or facial recognition) for common and routine business operations. Meijer employees recently filed a class action against the grocery chain operator. The employees allege: (a) Meijer improperly forced them to scan their fingerprints into a company database in order to track their hours worked, i.e.

Business Law Alert: What Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Need to Know: Changes to Illinois' Limited Liability Company Act

Effective July 1, 2017, the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act (805 ILCS 180/1-5 et seq.) has been substantially amended.  The Illinois LLC Act governs the manner in which limited liability companies organized in Illinois are formed, operated and dissolved; what terms shall, may or may not be included in the operating agreements that set forth how an Illinois LLC is to be operated; and how the members, managers, directors and officers of LLCs must interact with one another and parties with which the LLC does business. 

Business Law Alert: What Employers Need to Know: A Trio of Illinois Employee Sick Leave Laws

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act took effect on January 1, 2017. The Act requires Illinois employers that provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of their employees’ family members. The list of family members for whom employees can use their sick leave time includes an employee’s child, stepchild, spouse or domestic partner, sibling, parent, parent-in law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent.

Business Law Alert: Family Medical Leave Act Business Law Alert

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an update to the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Under the FMLA, eligible employees can take FMLA leave to, among other things, care for their spouse.  Under the old regulation, a same sex spouse was only recognized as a spouse for FMLA purposes if the employee lived in a state where same sex marriage was recognized.

Business Law Alert: Please Check Your Guns at the Door; New Challenges for Employers under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act

The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (“FCCA”) permits a holder of a concealed carry license to carry a loaded or unloaded, fully or partially concealed firearm on his or her person and within his or her vehicle.