EGBC Legal Reports

  • 2019 - 2017 Legal Reports

    Vol. 20 No. 1, August 2019
    Illinois Increases minimum wage
    Illinois Human Rights Act

    Vol. 19 No. 2, December 2018
    Don't ignore state estate taxes
    Solar farm legislation
    ABLE account changes
    Changes in life insurance market

    Vol. 19 No. 1, April 2018
    New tax legislation impacts individuals, businesses
    Protection for student - borrowers
    Leasehold exemption deadline
    Veterans court



  • 2016 - 2011 Legal Reports

    Vol. 18 No. 1, July 2016
    Court continues to perplex employers regarding non-compete agreements
    Kennedy joins EGBC
    New salary threshold will challenge employers
    Powers of attorney serve several important purposes
    Bankruptcy decision creates doubt in real estate tax purchaser

    Vol. 17 No. 1, December 2015
    Closing Changes
    Estate Taxes
    Proof of Claim

    Vol. 15 No. 1, February 2013
    New year brings tax law changes
    Regulations offer employers guidance on health care reform
    All employers required to provide insurance exchange information
    ‘Deferred Action’ can benefit immigrants, employers
    Fiscal cliff law extends non-taxability of debt forgiveness

    Vol. 14 No.2 September 2012
    Employer health insurance mandate takes shape
    Banks, title insurance companies await ruling in mortgage requirement appeal
    Home sellers face new City of Dixon requirements
    New Illinois Medicaid statute restricts eligibility
    Employers may not require blanket confidentiality during investigations
    Illinois adopts version of ‘Caylee’s Law’ to protect minors

    Vol. 14 No.1 February 2012
    Federal law protects some employee speech on social media
    Members of public bodies must complete open meetings training
    Changes in Illinois tax law suggest need to review estate plans - again
    New law eases ability to obtain deceased’s medical records
    Illinois Supreme Court clarifies law regarding restrictive covenants
    Employee who refuses to follow law still eligible for unemployment benefits

    Vol. 13 No. 2, October 2011
    New legislation overhauls powers of attorney
    Rolfe Ehrmann 1949 - 2011
    Most employers must post notice regarding employees’ right to unionize
    Allocation of college expenses often raises issues after divorce
    State law governing home repairs continues to evolve
    Employers cannot insist on direct notice of unforeseen FMLA leave

    Vol. 13 No. 1, February 2011
    Small Businesses can benefit from tax changes
    Foulker joins EGB
    Enforceability of restrictive covenants uncertain after recent court decisions
    Pension law changes can affect long-term care planning
    Genetic Information Act creates traps for employers
    Administration expands definition of “parent” under FMLA


  • 2004 - 1999 Legal Reports

    Vol. 6 No. 2, September 2004
    » Consumers, banks brace for new Check 21 Act
    » Restrictive covenants make comeback
    » Insurer can be liable for negligently issuing life insurance
    » Porn spam threatens to create hostile work environment
    » Indecent police officer gets First Amendment protection
    Vol. 6 No. 1, July 2004
    ‘Misconduct’ difficult to prove in unemployment appeals
    U.S. Department of Labor issues new COBRA notice rules
    Background checks easier under new law
    New Medicare rules affect retirees
    Judicial web sites ease retrieval of court information
    New Illinois law to recognize trusts for pets
    Vol. 5 No. 3, December 2003
    Armed forces overseas have legal protections here
    Nauman joins EGBL
    New Medicare bill may affect employers
    A potpourri of what’s new, what’s old and what’s changing
    New ‘porting’ rules bring opportunities, challenges
    Vol. 5 No. 2, October 2003
    New Legislation Issue
    Illinois: Budget bills only part of General Assembly’s work
    Federal and Illinois: Do Not Call Registries designed to disconnect telemarketers
    Federal: Tax Law changes dominate new national legislation
    Illinois: New license law restricts teen drivers
    Vol. 5 No. 1, June 2003
    Home seller’s disclosures must be complete
    Illinois Personnel Record Review Act imposes obligations on employers
    Employers face liability for employees’ misuse of credit reports
    Gary’s Glossary
    Court rejects sexual harassment claim against brothel
    Vol. 4 No. 2, August 2002
    Landlords must comply with background check regulations
    Home sellers now face more liability
    In Memory
    Supreme Court ensures right to review HMO decisions
    Beneficiary designations control life insurance
    Vol. 4 No. 1, February 2002
    Farm landlords, tenants adjust to new crop lien rules
    Heeg named Trustee
    Employers consider cell phone policies
    New statutes, court decisions affect employers
    Practice spotlight: Business law
    My slice is finally in: Golfer’s Liability
    Vol. 3 No. 3, September 2001
    New tax law brings estate planning changes
    Court decision raises doubts about validity of revisions to employee handbooks
    Grandparents may lose ground in quest for visitation rights
    Parents can survive the call from the police station
    Practice spotlight: Personal injury
    Vol. 3 No. 2, July 2001
    Legislation brings multitude of privacy policies
    Gradual estate tax repeal presents significant planning opportunities
    Misunderstood ‘spot zoning’ not necessarily illegal
    Practice spotlight: Estate planning
    Employers that stall child support face penalties
    Vol. 3 No.1, January 2001
    New ergonomics rules affect most employers
    Brozovich joins EGBL
    The truth about federal estate taxes
    IRS increases standard mileage rates for 2001
    Employees gain new right in investigatory interviews
    Beware: E-mail can and will be used against you
    Vol. 2 No. 3, November 2000
    Business owners find simplicity, advantages in LLCs
    Employers need not be Scrooges to protect themselves from holiday party liabilities
    Tax-deferred exchanges can assist buyers and sellers
    Difference between marital, non-marital assets affect gifts
    Amendment gives home repairers more time to get insurance
    Landlords, tenants must comply with Smoke Detector Act
    Vol. 2 No. 2, June 2000
    Insurance applications require careful attention
    Employers can solve the light duty rule
    Commentary: Not everything should be a crime
    New home repair laws requires written contracts
    Can murderers obtain liability insurance coverage?
    Vol. 2 No. 1, February 2000
    Tax aspects of annuities require careful planning
    General Assembly responds to concerns; modifies State’s child support system
    Garnishment recipients must protect own interests
    Mortgage escrows can be avoided in some cases
    Imputed interest rule can surprise borrowers
    Employers should consider written e-mail policies
    Some small businesses can reduce work comp rates
    Vol. 1 No. 4, November 1999
    Child support changes creates problems for employers
    Buyers beware: Investigate that car title
    IRS raises mileage rates
    Notary publics face liability
    Commentary: New Illinois Supreme Court Rules threaten lawyers’ free speech rights
    Personal property allocations pose risks
    Vol. 1 No. 3, August 1999
    Employers should take care when confronted with disability claims
    Judges select Beckman
    Tax-exempt organizations face new regulations
    Banks may be held liable for invalid check endorsements
    Internet information can benefit lawyers and non-lawyers alike
    Alternative minimum tax can result in higher, unexpected income taxes
    Consumers need protection when purchasing computer systems
    Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1999
    Employers conducting background checks might face liability under credit report law
    Corporations should use corporate names
    Illinois now recognizing grandparents’ visitation rights
    IRS drops mileage rate
    Retailers should review co-signer liability rules
    Passing stopped school bus is legal in some situations
    Vol. 1 No.1, January 1999
    Home buyers should be aware of several ownership options available
    Employers must give employees chance to continue health coverage
    Amendments change garnishment procedures
    Estate plans need proper beneficiary designations


  • 2010 - 2005 Legal Reports

    Vol. 12 No. 1, July 2010
    » Spotlight on Health Care Reform - Large employers face health insurance mandate
    » Small employers to receive tax credit for offering health insurance
    » Dependents entitled to coverage under health bill
    » Rumors overstate reform bill’s tax on real estate sales
    » Provisions in reform bill address long-term care issues
    » Uninsured motorists’ coverage should not be overlooked

    Vol. 11 No. 2, December 2009
    Real estate tax assessments, process can confuse homeowners
    IRS to audit companies to enforce employment tax compliance
    Illinois death tax poses problems for estate planners
    Courts change bankruptcy rules
    Federal government extends homebuyers’ tax credit

    Vol. 11 No. 1, October 2009
    New Illinois legislation creates estate planning flexibility
    Employers considering furloughs must be aware of rules for salaried employees
    New pension act offers IRA distribution rules
    First-time home buyers must hurry to receive credit
    Cheating fiancé can force return of engagement ring

    Vol. 10 No. 1, November 2008
    New Form 990 inquiries challenge tax-exempt organizations
    Disability Act amendments expand protections for employees
    EGBL names new partner, adds associate
    Ignoring child support order proves costly for employer
    Thorough estate planning requires anticipation of contingencies
    New tax laws change rules regarding home sales
    New mortgage foreclosure laws protect owners, tenants

    Vol. 9 No. 2, December 2007
    New law enhances creditors’ ability to collect debts
    Work eligibility requirements test employees, burdens employers
    Rules regarding wage assignment must be strictly followed
    Compliance with FSA rules requires good communication
    IRS increases mileage rate
    Real estate sellers must provide radon information

    Vol. 9 No.1, April 2007
    Living trusts sometimes enrich only the lawyer
    FMLA details continue to plague employers
    Minimum wage increases take effect July 1
    Carbon monoxide detectors required in all homes
    Legislation requires landlords to protect domestic violence victims
    New Legislation targets e-mails, other electronic data

    Vol. 8 No.1, July 2006
    Time and material home remodeling requires written contract
    Employers must accommodate duties of some volunteer firefighters
    New law clarifies disposition of deceased’s remains
    Companies should be wary of ‘payment in full’ checks
    Recent decisions test employers’ knowledge of key laws
    Legislation eases cancellation of home Internet services

    Vol. 7 No. 3, December 2005
    New bankruptcy legislation changes creditors’ rights
    Supreme Court clarifies rules for donning, doffing required protective gear
    Tax changes highlight year-end roundup
    Increased exemption will allow many to simplify estate plans
    Litigation threats require e-mail retention policy

    Vol. 7 No.2, June 2005
    Parents now face liability for underage drinkers
    Legal issues arise when former employees become competition
    IRS announces inflation, other adjustments for 2005
    Law entitles tenants to arrange own repairs
    Business must destroy unnecessary consumer information
    Spouses can protect property without prenuptial agreement

    Vol. 7 No. 1, January 2005
    No good deed goes unpunished: IRS says employee gifts now subject to taxation
    New Illinois WARN statue covers more employers
    Grandparents raising grandchildren face legal challenges
    Internal Revenue Service increases mileage rate