SBDC Announces "A Legal Primer for Hiring, Firing, and Everything in Between"
The Illinois Small Business
Development Center at Bradley University is collaborating with
Miller, Hall, and Triggs, LLC (MHT) to discuss the challenges
for small, self-employed business owners looking to hire,
maintain and fire employees.
MHT has a broad range of legal
services and is well known for their no-nonsense,
straightforward labor and employment advice, along with other
services offered to local employers.
2-part series will be beneficial to sole-proprietors
who are considering hiring
their first employees and for small
business looking to expand.
cost to attend this virtual training.
may register for either one or both.
Self-Employed to Employer
legal primer for hiring, firing and everything in between
Who should attend:
who are considering hiring their first employees
businesses looking to expand
businesses, especially those with questions about:
employment laws, like anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and
bargaining with a union or with employees seeking to organize.
Advantages to attendees:
will be given an overview of the legal considerations and
concerns new employers must address while hiring new employees
to terminating problem employees and everything in between.
will receive information and forms they can use to better learn
and comply with applicable laws.
will have the opportunity to ask and have their questions
answered by our employment law gurus.
Session 1: Tuesday, January 25,
2022 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
(continues on January 26th)
Initial Hiring and Interview
Considerations - business
organization; job descriptions and
employee manuals; advertisement;
required documentation; questions you can and can’t ask;
pre-screening (physical fitness, background checks, polygraph,
Personnel Records and Notices - documentation
practices, performance evaluations, records laws, medical
records and privacy, required notices and postings, etc.).
Anti-harassment, and Labor Laws
- Unlawful acts; required and recommended prevention and
training; best-practice investigations; hiring outside counsel;
discipline; defenses, compliance with the NLRA, protected
concerted activity, etc.).
Session 2: Wednesday, January
26, 2022 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
(continuation from January 25th)
Wage and Hour Laws – Minimum
Wage and Equal Pay; Insurance; Salary v. Hourly; paid time v.
unpaid time (travel, waiting, getting into uniform, etc.),
vacation and holidays, withholding from pay, Illinois Wage
Payment and Collection Act, etc.
Employment Agreements and Manuals –
At-will and contractual employment; policies and manuals, use
of company property; work-for-hire and independent contractors;
non-compete, non-solicitation and confidential/non-disclosure
Ending Employment – Risk
considerations; retirement; termination; severance, etc.
enjoys advising local employers regarding all aspects of
employment, from interviewing employees, preparing personnel
policies, navigating potential claims for liability,
investigating employee misconduct, and even assisting employers
having to terminate an employee when the situation calls for
it. He regularly assists clients in avoiding potential lawsuits
while they navigate the many state and federal laws applicable
to Illinois employers.
Herman has practiced law since 2008, concentrating in
employment and labor law, commercial law, municipal and school
law, and related litigation. Joshua received his Bachelor’s
degree in 2003 from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
After his deployment to Iraq as an Army Reservist, Joshua
attended the Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois
Colleges of Law.
at the University of Illinois, Joshua received the Best Trial
Advocate and Best Oral Advocate awards in addition to being on
the Green National Moot Court Team. In 2008 he obtained his
Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law,
graduating summa cum laude and receiving the Rickert
Awards for Excellence in Advocacy and Excellence in Academics.
He is also a member of the Order of the Coif.
Swise has practiced law since 2010, concentrating in general
litigation, including representing employers in litigation of
employment matters, as well as municipal and school law and
received her Bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Knox College. She
later attended the University of Illinois College of Law,
graduating summa cum laude in 2010. While at Illinois, Katherine
was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review and the
Order of the Coif.
is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court
for the Central District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Seventh Circuit, and is a member of the Peoria County,
Tazewell County, and Illinois State Bar Associations and the
Illinois Council of School Attorneys.
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