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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2014 – As of late May, traffic fatalities in Illinois have fallen 23 percent compared to the same time period last year. There were 290 highway deaths in the state by May 23 this year, a decrease of 89 fatalities from the same period in 2013. “The decrease in traffic fatalities is welcome news, and hopefully, it is a trend that will continue,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. The reasons for the decline in fatal accidents are unclear, but there are several likely possibilities. On January 1, a statewide ban […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2014 – In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the characterization of disability. Workers no longer need to prove they suffer from a physiological disorder and may claim obesity itself as a disability. “Obesity was thought to be a choice at one time and overweight individuals needed to prove they had a thyroid condition, diabetes or an underlying physiological disorder to claim disability. The Act was changed in 2008 by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) broadening the definition of ‘major life activities’ and substantially limits relating to how obesity affected an […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2014 – When starting new employment, all documentation relating to company policies must be read and understood. Sometimes employee handbooks form the basis of a contract. “Most new hires get a copy of the company handbook on, or prior to, the first day of work. You must read this material even though it might not make sense in the beginning. Knowing and understanding what is contained in the employee handbook is an asset that may pay off later if you have workplace issues pertaining to harassment or discrimination,” says respected Chicago employment attorney, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2014 – Any agreements signed upon employment should be vetted with an employment attorney. Be on the alert for a clause indicating arbitration. Employment agreements may have a provision in them that a worker must submit to arbitration should there be a workplace dispute. If that agreement is signed without speaking to an employment attorney, the signatory is agreeing to resolve any disputes with an employer by means of arbitration. The arbitrator would be a privately hired judge. “Agreeing to arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism means you have signed away your right […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2014 – According to a criminal complaint filed against him, the truck driver charged in a crash that killed one person and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours. Kevin Roper was behind the wheel of a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike when he crashed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and his companions. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died at the scene. Morgan was critically injured. Three other passengers, comedians Harris Stanton and Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea, were […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2014 – Every state protects workers from various forms of discrimination. However, not all states protect transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual workers from discrimination (LGBT). “Every state in the Union prohibits discriminating against workers based on their religion, race, national origin, gender and so forth. However, not every state offers the same kind of protection for LGBT employees,” outlines Timothy Coffey, an experienced Chicago employment attorney. Currently, there are 21 states and the District of Columbia that do offer protection to LGBT employees from discrimination. The remaining 29 states offer nothing in the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2014 – Proponents of changes to Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws say that reforms passed in 2011 did not go far enough. Newly proposed legislation would exempt employers from paying for injuries suffered while traveling to work if the worker is not traveling specifically for work purposes. This and other changes are needed, proponents say, to reduce workers’ compensation insurance costs. Not everyone agrees. “The problem with saying that these changes will reduce insurance premiums is that it has not been borne out by the evidence,” indicates Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – At its Conference & Expo in Toronto this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its board of directors for 2014-15. Leading the association and serving as President for 2014-15 is Paula Barnes of Burr & Forman in Nashville, Tennessee and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP in Rochester, New York continuing his service as Past President of the Board. The Board includes the following individuals: President: Paula K. Barnes Burr & Forman, LLP Nashville, TN President-Elect: Teresa Walker Waller Lansden […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) presented The “Outstanding Association Volunteer Award” to five ALA members for his/her exceptional and continued service at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Toronto. 2014 Outstanding Association Award recipients include: 1. Roslyn Hazzard, Human Resources Director of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana. (Indiana Chapter) Hazzard has served in both regional and national leadership roles since 1993, including Regional Officer and Region 3 Director. She also participated on the 2010 Conference Committee and most recently on […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2014 – In January, a truck driver’s semitrailer crashed on Interstate 88 in Aurora, causing the death of an Illinois Tollway worker and serious injuries to a state trooper. Renato Velasquez was charged with operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued or impaired, driving beyond the legal time limits for truckers and with falsifying driving records — all felonies. The driver had worked for 37 straight hours, but his attorney denied that sleepiness was a factor in the crash. “Fatigue is often a factor in truck accidents,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – A federal judge in Portland, Maine recently heard arguments on whether Illinois or Maine will be the proper jurisdiction for a recent, tragic wrongful death case. Nineteen wrongful death claims have risen from the July 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) Railway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The accident resulted in at least 42 deaths. The trustee overseeing MMA during bankruptcy proceedings moved to transfer the wrongful death cases to Maine. The company hopes to consolidate actions associated with its bankruptcy.  Attorneys representing the victims’ families opposed the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Unless an employment contract exists, an individual is likely an “at-will” worker. An “at-will” worker may be terminated virtually anytime, for any reason. “Although an at-will worker may be fired just about anytime and for many reasons, those reasons must not be discriminatory. If you were fired for discriminatory reasons, this is wrongful termination and you need to seek the services of a competent employment attorney. If you have been wrongfully terminated, you have solid legal protection offered by the federal government,” points out well-known Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. Discrimination […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act. The Employee Classification Act protects construction workers from being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the case, Bartlow v. Costigan, the state high court rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing company that claimed the law was impermissibly vague and violated due process rights. “This is an important ruling for workers,” states Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. “When employees are misclassified as independent contractors, their employers avoid paying worker’s compensation premiums, unemployment insurance […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – Despite most states adhering to an “at will” arrangement for workers, laying off employees is regulated by law. “Many employers do not always realize that laying off workers is strictly regulated by law and if those rules are not followed according to a crystal clear layoff policy, they run the risk of being sued,” explains Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment attorney. These days, with the tough economy, there are many companies forced into mass layoffs to make ends meet and keep their company afloat for the long-term. If a business […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – It is more important than ever for parents to help teen drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel, says a prominent Chicago attorney. “The fact is, cell phone use while driving is prevalent in all age groups. But it is especially dangerous for teenagers to be distracted while driving because they have less driving experience,” indicates Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “Driving already requires attention to multiple tasks simultaneously, so it is risky to try to pay attention to anything else.” Research suggests that many areas of the brain are […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – After a 10-day trial, a Cook County jury awarded $6.65 million to the family of a man who died from a fall at a Kuwait air base. The award in the wrongful death case against CAV International Inc., a government contractor, came over four years after the death of John Bruce, a Chicago-area resident. “When negligence is involved, a wrongful death lawsuit is often appropriate to gain compensation for the family of the victim after a horrible accident like this,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2014 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled its first systemic class-action lawsuit at the beginning on 2014 claiming a company violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). “In this case, the EEOC sued an employer for asking, post job offer, that applicants obtain pre-employment medical examinations that included detailed questions about their family medical history,” recounts Timothy Coffey, a noted Chicago employment attorney. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 and resulted in a $50,000 settlement, as well as injunctive relief. It began when Founders Pavilion, Inc., a New York rehabilitation center […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2014 – Employers are legally obligated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to talk to a disabled worker about reasonable accommodations for them, even if they are on final suspension before being fired. “In Spurling v. C&M Fine Pack, Inc. (No. 13-1708), the court outlined what an employer must do in discussing with them reasonable accommodations for their disability, even if they are about to be let go,” explains well respected Chicago employment lawyer, Timothy Coffey. The facts of this case indicated that plaintiff Spurling had worked for this company since 2004. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over an August 2013 accident in Jacksonville, Illinois that killed a pedestrian. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of Caryn Thomas in Morgan County Circuit Court, naming as defendants Mitchell Smith, Jay Shirley and Jay Shirley, Incorporated. According to the lawsuit, Thomas was on foot near the corner of Clay and Morton in Jacksonville when Smith, driving a semi-trailer owned by Shirley’s company, struck and killed her. “Obviously, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents. That means that collisions involving people […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – More lawsuits have been filed by professional athletes claiming traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the wake of the $765 million settlements by former football players against the National Football League (NFL), more professional athletes have begun to claim their employers knew or should have known about the potential for serious brain injuries and that they should have done more to protect their players. “Just as the NFL lawsuit raised public awareness of the issue, scientific research is building on our knowledge of the causes of traumatic brain injury,” remarked Paul Greenberg, […]


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