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Aerial-fall-Lincolnpark-300x158Blockchain and Chicago Businesses

In September of 2015, the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society’s World Economic Forum[1] predicted that by 2025, 10% of GDP will be stored on blockchains or blockchain related technology.  If you are a Chicago business owner and you are unsure what that means or how it might affect your company, you want to speak to a Chicago business attorney as soon as possible to learn all that you can about this rapidly growing technology.

What Is Blockchain Technology?

dental officeDentists face new problems with overtime for their employees.  The Fair Labor Standards Act[1] (FLSA) sets forth standards for both minimum wages and overtime pay as well as record keeping for businesses.  Whether your dental practice consists of two employees or a hundred employees spread across three office locations, federal law requires that all dental offices comply with FLSA overtime regulations by December 1, 2016.

Exempt Versus Non-Exempt Employees

In order to determine if you are in compliance with FLSA regulations, the first step is to review which employees are designated as exempt, and not owed overtime wages, versus non-exempt. FLSA rules establish three types of exempt employees[2] which are defined by an individual’s employment description rather than their job title including:

ebolaWeeks after Nurse Kaci Hickox’s battles with the government of Maine over enforcement of a quarantine order, her personal predicament serves as something of a microcosm for larger questions about handling the Ebola situation and any other public health emergency in the workplace. Indeed, Hickox’s case puts us on notice that public health emergencies can extend to the workplace as well, with all that implies for both employers and managers.

In case you somehow missed the story, Nurse Hickox returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa only to find herself placed in involuntary quarantine in a tent in New Jersey. While few question whether the government retains the legal authority to impose medical confinement during public health emergencies, some wonder whether the government has gone too far. Others, of course, don’t think the government has gone far enough.

As an employer facing the possibility that workers have been exposed to Ebola, you may find yourself confronting the same conundrum as the government. While the topic has undoubtedly been politicized, it is also potentially very real. How do you protect the safety of your workers without violating their rights?