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Should Wisconsin employers look to Kentucky for help on concealed carry?

Don’t worry – this is not a Bob Costas halftime post regarding anybody’s opinion on guns. We are just sticking to the court cases here, everyone. Last month, I wrote about some of the issues Wisconsin employers face with deer hunting season. One of those issues that could cause some Wisconsin employers headaches was the new concealed carry law that went into effect November 2011. At the time the law was passed, many employers expressed concern about having firearms in the workplace regardless of personal opinions on this topic. As fate would have it, the Western District of Kentucky recently issued a decision that may present persuasive authority for those Wisconsin employers that seek to restrict the presence of guns at the workplace.

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Colleen A. Chinlund participates in Executives’ Club of Chicago luncheon featuring Burberry CEO; attends First Chair event

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Colleen A. Chinlund

Colleen Chinlund

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Colleen A. Chinlund attended a Thought Leaders luncheon, organized by the Executives’ Club of Chicago, on November 29 at the Palmer House Hilton, titled “The Role of Culture, Creativity and Innovation in a Global Business.” The event featured speaker Angela Ahrendts, chief executive officer of Burberry. Ms. Chinlund also attended a First Chair roundtable event at Gibson’s restaurant in Chicago on November 28. First Chair is an organization designed to bring together attorneys in private practice and in-house counsel by hosting innovative networking events that support career development.

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Randall L. Sidlosca featured on Fox News regarding EB-5 visa program

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Randall L. Sidlosca

Randall L. Sidlosca

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Randall L. Sidlosca was featured on a November 25 Fox News Channel segment, “EB-5 visa program rewards immigrants who create U.S. jobs.” The focus of the segment was how the EB-5 program works for immigrant investors and the upswing of participants in the initiative. Mr. Sidlosca is featured as an immigration attorney expert and provides insight into the program’s scope and benefits. He emphasizes the benefits to both the foreign immigrant investor and the U.S. investor.

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Joel M. Hurwitz participates as judge in University of Chicago Law School Moot Court Competition

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Joel M. Hurwitz

Joel Hurwitz

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Joel M. Hurwitz recently participated as a judge in the University of Chicago Law School Hinton Moot Court Competition. In the competition, Mr. Hurwitz sat as a panel judge on three appeals in which students argued the constitutionality of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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Mark A. Spognardi and Jesse R. Dill publish article for Inside Counsel on at-will employment clauses

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Mark A. Spognardi

Mark Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Jesse R. Dill

Jesse Dill

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse R. Dill co-authored a November 26 article for Inside Counsel, titled “NLRB finds at-will employment clauses live to see another day.” The article explains how the National Labor Relations Board has taken unprecedented steps to renew the application of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to unorganized workforces. Among the issues generating concern for all employers are recent efforts to target at-will employment language in employee handbooks as unlawful under the NLRA. Mr. Spognardi and Mr. Dill write that employers can still limit the ability or means of employees to change their at-will status without running afoul of the NLRA. However, the best course may be to provide in the handbooks how such status can be changed after stating the ways in which it cannot be changed.

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Lorri Lomnitzer quoted in MSN news article on Facebook privacy hoax

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Lorri Lomnitzer

Lorri Lomnitzer

Arnstein & Lehr West Palm Beach Associate Lorri Lomnitzer was quoted in an article last week on MSN.com, titled “Facebook privacy hoax fools many.” The article discusses a recent, popular posting on Facebook that declares ownership and protection under copyright laws. However, in reality, the declaration is useless in protecting the user’s rights to photos and status updates. Ms. Lomnitzer comments that the use of a website that stores a user’s information, photos, and intellectual property is bound by their terms of service and privacy policy, so Facebook users cannot change their acceptance of these policies.

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Mark A. Spognardi quoted in Inside Counsel on 7th Circuit reversal of its own precedent on ADA requirement for reassignment of disabled employees

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Mark A. Spognardi

Mark Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi was quoted in a November 28 article in Inside Counsel, titled “ADA requires reassignment as a reasonable accommodation for disabled employees.” The article discusses the 7th Circuit’s reversal of its own precedent on reassignment as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its Sept. 7 ruling in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. United Airlines Inc. It found that the ADA requires that employers reassign an employee to a vacant position within the company for which she/he is qualified if the employee is no longer able to perform the job functions due to a disability, unless such an accommodation would prove an “undue hardship” to the employer. Mr. Spognardi comments that the employer has the burden to show that this reassignment constitutes an unreasonable accommodation or constitutes an undue hardship, and the court expects employers to engage in an interactive, good-faith process to explore what can be done to accommodate the person.

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Jesse R. Dill writes article for BizTimes.com on holiday party liabilities

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Jesse R. Dill

Jesse Dill

Arnstein & Lehr Milwaukee Associate Jesse R. Dill authored an article titled “Employers can avoid holiday party liabilities,” which appeared on November 20 on BizTimes.com. The article is cleverly written as a poem, with rhyming verses, and covers multiple topics that employers should be aware of as they plan their holiday party. Mr. Dill discusses how a holiday party should be organized to avoid liability issues that may stem from employee alcohol consumption, social media postings, sexual harassment and discrimination issues, and employees with disabilities. Mr. Dill also advises that no business should take place during the party, attendance should be optional, and the party ought to be held off the premises to avoid claims for overtime pay.

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Dino Armiros quoted in Crain’s article on auction held by Cole Taylor Bank to save Schaumburg company, Amazing Food

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Dino Armiros

Dino Armiros

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Dino Armiros was quoted in a November 21 article in Crain’s Chicago Business, titled “Lyfe Kitchen gives Amazing Food a second chance.” The article discusses how Amazing Food, which makes some of Lyfe Kitchen’s ready-to-eat products, was on the verge of being shut down by Cole Taylor Bank, a client of the firm, for being in default on loans when the bank opted to hold a uniform commercial code auction of Amazing Food’s intellectual property, accounts receivable and some equipment; the bank lined up Lyfe Kitchen as a preferred bidder. Mr. Armiros comments that the auction was a big success in that they were able to keep jobs in Chicago through the collaboration of the bank and the buyer.

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Illinois Real Estate Group sends client alert with reports on recent legal real estate matters

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Joel M. Hurwitz

Joel Hurwitz

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Erik M. Jarmusz

Erik Jarmusz

The Illinois Real Estate group prepared and sent its November Client Alert recently to clients and friends of the firm. The Client Alert included reports on major legal matters which have occurred during the past few months with respect to Illinois real estate. The principle authors of the newsletter are Chicago Partner Joel M. Hurwitz and Associate Erik M. Jarmusz.

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