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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2015 – Social media is the main method these days for staying in touch with family and friends. However, others may look for names and profiles online – such as potential employers. “The last thing you want a potential employer or current employer to know about you is that your favorite thing to do is drinking yourself blind at parties and posting online pictures of yourself with a lampshade on your head,” advises Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “While you may never put a lampshade on your head, the point remains the same. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2015 – Be alert during a job interview for questions that may be discriminatory. While many seeking jobs today are aware of the possibility of discrimination in the workplace, few expect that job interviews may also be fraught with discriminatory questions. “It violates your civil rights to be judged on anything else other than your ability to do the job,” says Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “Any other questions relating to race, age, gender or other prohibited areas, are not allowed – period.” What if an applicant makes it to an interview after […]


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Champaign, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – The Dakota Access Pipeline Project involves the construction of a 30-inch diameter oil pipeline running over 1,100 miles from Patoka, Illinois up into North Dakota. This pipeline will run through many different properties in many towns, often disrupting existing structures or inhibiting productivity of the land. The pipeline is exercising eminent domain authority to take ownership of the parts of land necessary to complete this massive project. Unsurprisingly, numerous landowners in Illinois and Iowa are wondering how the Dakota Access Pipeline Project will impact their property value, and what their rights […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – The daughter of a woman who was allegedly injured in a fall in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit. Lisa Lopez filed the suit against Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, now called Aperion Care Oak Lawn. Lopez said that she had notified the facility that her mother needed to be kept in a wheelchair, but that the facility did not do so. Lopez said that without video of the incident, she would not have known what caused her mother’s injury. She supports video monitoring in nursing homes. “Video monitoring in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2015 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has opened enrollment for two new eLearning courses focusing on the Human Resources and Operations Management/IT subject areas. These newly developed curricula offer dynamic and fresh ideas that align with trends in the legal industry regarding Performance Management & Compensation and Technology & Facilities Management. Those who wish to earn Certified Legal Manager (CLM) educational credits may do so through these innovative online sessions. The business of law is changing every day, and ALA’s eLearning Center is designed to meet the needs of industry leaders […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2015 – According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers who put in more than 40 hours a week are usually entitled to overtime pay. There are some exceptions to that rule. The FLSA defines a workweek as 40 hours of work. Time worked over 40 hours entitles employees to a minimum of one and one-half times their regular pay rate. Of interest is the fact that the FLSA does not mandate payment of extra wages for work done on a particular day, such as a holiday, for working at night […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – A personal injury lawsuit has been filed concerning a bicycle accident that left a teacher paralyzed from the chest down. Jennifer Kraft filed the lawsuit against the Chicago Park District, the city of Chicago and A&L Inc., the corporation that designed a portion of the bike rail near 37th Street. On April 25, 2014, Kraft plunged nine feet from a Chicago bicycle path to the concrete below. Kraft claims in her lawsuit that the path turned abruptly, with no warning that if she continued in a straight line, she would ride […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Telecommuting is a common working arrangement these days. Make sure any work-at-home agreements with an employer are clearly written. With the exception of workers living in Montana, at-will employment laws are in play across the U.S. That means an employer may lay a worker off, cut pay, terminate or demote them at any time, for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. All these laws still apply if an employee works at home. The United States is one of very few countries where employment is at-will in all states, save Montana. The rationale behind […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over the death of an Illinois man who was killed when he was struck by a car while cutting grass on a riding lawnmower. According to the lawsuit, in August 2014, Thomas Knepper, 68, was mowing the grass along Route 52 in Will County using a riding lawnmower when he was struck and killed by alleged drunk driver Zevez Murrell. “Far too many lives are lost in accidents resulting from drunk driving negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – Chicago continues to be a dangerous place for pedestrians, with more than 3,000 accidents and an average 30 deaths per year involving vehicles and pedestrians. One telling statistic involves the fluorescent signs installed on Chicago roadways warning drivers to stop for pedestrians. Of the 344 signs that have been installed since 2012, 268 have been struck by vehicles, the Chicago Tribune reported. “Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and deaths and serious injuries are far too common,” said Robert Briskman, a car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2015 – An industrial cleaning company has been fined after a worker collapsed while working to clean a rail car and later died due to the untreated cardiac arrhythmia he suffered. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company, Environmental Remediation and Recovery Inc., failed to have the proper equipment and trained personnel available to rescue the 27-year-old worker after he collapsed. “Far too many workers lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a workers’ compensation attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “It is […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2015 – A worker and an employer have a contract, regardless of whether a written contract has been signed. A non-written contract exists between any given employer and employee. This agreement holds that the worker performs certain tasks and functions for the employer; in turn, the employer agrees to pay the employee for the work. Therein lies the consent that forms a contract. An employee cannot agree to a contract term that offers them fewer legal rights than they are accorded under the law. “When people think about work contracts, many assume it […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2015 – President John F. Kennedy passed Title VII into law over 50 years ago in order to deal with employment discrimination. In some ways, it has kept pace with the times, but in other areas of the law, it has not. “What many don’t realize is that an employer may be held liable for a customer’s discrimination. Consider the case of an Indiana nursing home resident that insisted that only white aides and nurses assist her. The home allowed that to happen,” outlined principal employment attorney Timothy Coffey of The Coffey Law […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – An investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) found that Illinois public hospitals have paid more than $180 million in the past 10 years for wrongful death claims. “Hospitals should take action to reduce medical mistakes, which all too often have tragic consequences,” said Paul Greenberg, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “When a medical professional’s error causes loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit is an appropriate way for the victim’s family to obtain compensation for their loss.” The BGA study found that the majority […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – The Active Transportation Alliance has released a list of Chicago’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The group said that signage changes, such as pedestrian countdown signals and improved crosswalk markings, would make the intersections safer. “Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury in traffic accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “When a pedestrian is injured or killed due to a driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help the victim or the victim’s family obtain compensation.” According to the Transportation Alliance, the most dangerous […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – Road workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In the United States, 20,000 road workers are injured annually in work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration. “Road workers are at an increased risk of on-the-job injuries,” said Robert Briskman, a work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “Injured workers deserve compensation.” There were more than 100 on-the-job fatalities among road workers from 2009 to 2013. Injuries and fatalities to road workers comprise more than 1.5 percent of total […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Employees are protected from unfair wages and retribution under labor law act. If an employer is not in compliance with the law regarding fair wages for all work performed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee has the right to file a wage claim. Workers have several options for filing these claims. They may either file with the U.S. Department of Labor or approach their state labor department. Successful claims may result in an employer paying all unpaid wages to the claimant. Claims may not be filed for types […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Key federal and private efforts address future employment for returning military personnel. According to 2011 White House estimates, over one million armed services personnel will return home during the period from 2011 to 2016. With the projected statistics in mind, President Obama challenged the private job sector to train and hire 100,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. Businesses met and surpassed that goal by August 2013 with 125,000 individuals hired. Further efforts included the call for over 200,000 private companies that contract with the federal government to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – An Illinois Appellate Court recently reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that an employer should have known that an employee was behind death threats sent by email to his family from a work computer. According to the judge, the employer should have done more to protect the family from the husband’s threatened harm, which caused their deaths. The lawsuit was filed by Regions Bank, the administrator of Sheri Coleman’s estate, against Joyce Meyer Ministries, which employed Christopher Coleman. In 2009, Coleman was convicted of killing his wife and children in their […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – The village of Downers Grove, Illinois has agreed to pay $485,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who was injured in a car accident with a police vehicle. The payment, which is the second such settlement in the case, has been approved by village council members. “People who are injured in a car accident through the fault of another always deserve to be compensated,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. Greenberg is not involved in the case. William Keim was one of two […]


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