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November 2018 Archives

Are non-compete agreements enforceable in Illinois?

Your company's intellectual property, trade secrets and proprietary content and procedures are vital to its success. Protecting such sensitive information is paramount, even if it means requesting that any new personnel that you bring in to your business in Chicago signs a non-compete agreement. In general, such agreements place certain limitations on what an employee can and cannot do in relation to your business once they have left. The question is whether or not such agreements are enforceable. 

Bipartisan bill would expand FHA

Individuals looking to rent property in Michigan for themselves or their families may be denied by landlords if they receive assistance. However, a Senate bill that has the support of both parties would make that illegal. Specifically, it would broaden the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by banning landlords from discriminating based on income or because a person was a veteran. Currently, there is no federal protection against such discrimination.

Knowing who can terminate contracts for convenience

Most of those who deal contractually in Detroit and Chicago likely do so assuming that the only way their contractual partners can terminate their agreements is if they have legitimate cause to do so (after all, how valid can an agreement be if one side can walk away from it at any time?). Yet there are scenarios where a contracted partner can indeed end an agreement for its convenience. The trick to avoid getting caught up in such a scenario is knowing what situations the right to terminate for convenience applies to. 

What to include in an employment contract

As a Michigan or Illinois business owner or someone who otherwise has a hand in company hiring decisions, you may find it beneficial to create an employment contract that protects your business, should you and your employee part ways. At Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., we understand that a solid, carefully worded employment contract can prove to be your best line of defense against litigation, and we have helped many people in your shoes take measures to protect themselves and their lifeblood.

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