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By Thadford Felton on January 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM

When it comes to protecting a company’s competitive advantage, it is important to know the difference between confidential information and trade secrets. Knowing the difference allows businesses to design and implement the appropriate measures to protect their information and secure their competitive advantage.

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By Thadford Felton on January 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM

A recent case from the Illinois Appellate Court is a reminder to business owners of the need to be proactive in protecting their trade secrets and confidential information. In this case, three sales representatives left their employer, who was in the radio advertising business, and joined a competitor. When they left, the three sales representatives were alleged to have taken with them their sales and renewal lead lists to help them solicit customers for their new employer.

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By Scott Cruz on September 14, 2020

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised FFCRA regulations that clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, specifically the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). 

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By Scott Cruz, T. Christopher Bailey on July 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers find themselves facing new challenges. Recognizing that the “new norm” has led to workplace circumstances not previously considered, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance to address several wage and hour and leave-related scenarios employers may face. Highlights from the new guidance include:

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By Thadford Felton on April 10, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the economy, some will be looking to avoid certain contractual obligations, while others will be looking to hold parties to their contractual obligations. For those looking to avoid their contractual obligations due to COVID-19 in Illinois, one defense being discussed is the doctrine of impossibility of performance.

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By Thadford Felton on March 31, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting businesses and their operations, and parties are looking for guidance in the event that one or the other party to a contract is, or claims to be, unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. Whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic excuses contract performance largely depends on the language of the contract and the facts that either support excusing performance or not. For example, following the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic, a Court in California excused prompt performance, but not complete performance, after carefully analyzing the contract and the facts incident to delayed performance. See Citrus Soap Co. v. Peet Bros. MFG. Co., 50 Ca. App. 246 (1920).

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By Scott Cruz on March 16, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19 has been spreading around the world, including the United States. Employers must respond in rapid fashion and face a series of questions regarding the impact the virus will have on the workplace. Below are answers to various questions all companies must know.

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By Jayme Matchinski on December 26, 2019

In the Winter edition of Dental Sleep Practice, Greensfelder attorney Jayme Matchinski discusses the key issues and regulations dentists and dental practices should consider and navigate with the increase in telemedicine services. From the publication:

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By William Anaya on May 2019

Greensfelder Officer Bill Anaya recently wrote an article that was published by Illinois State Bar Association Environmental Law titled "In America, we make things - that is what we do: How PFAs became the acronym du jour."

Read the full article here.

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By John Drake on November 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Regulatory Robot online tool screenshotThis month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a revamped tool on its website to help businesses without dedicated product safety professionals identify and navigate the web of federal product safety requirements that apply to manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers.

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