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Do Your Group Health Benefits Compare? Illinois Wants to Know

In 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law the “Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act,” which became effective August 27, 2021. The new law creates disclosure requirements for certain Illinois employers that provide group health insurance coverage to any employee(s) in Illinois. Specifically, under the new law, such employers must provide all Illinois employees with a list   Continue Reading »

UPDATE: Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers

Several weeks ago, President Biden announced a new plan to vaccinate U.S. workers in an ongoing attempt to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.  Today, the US Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration from enforcing vaccine mandates for private employers. Click here to view news announcement. Under the plan, large employers were required to have their workers   Continue Reading »

Thompson, Warnick Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys, David J. Thompson and David A. Warnick, have been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.  “We are proud to welcome these two promising attorneys to the rank of Shareholder,” said Robert M. Burke, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.  “They have invested a lot of   Continue Reading »

New Database Will Record Compliance with Illinois Prevailing Wage Law

According to a recent article by the Associated Press, the Illinois Department of Labor will unveil a searchable database on Jan. 1 showing the certified payrolls of construction contractors who must comply with the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act. The Illinois Department of Labor expects the database to provide more transparency in public spending and will   Continue Reading »

Ogura, Boehm Secure Defense Verdict in Dispute Seeking $1M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Meiko L. Ogura and Garrett L. Boehm, Jr., secured a defense verdict in favor of their car dealer client.  In this eight-day trial, the plaintiff, a sales employee of the car dealer, claimed a single injury caused by four separate automobile accidents over a nine-year period.  Our dispute involved the third   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Names New President and Chairman of the Board; Elects New Board Members

Johnson & Bell’s Board of Directors recently selected the following officers to oversee the firm’s operations: Robert M. Burke, President John A. Childers, Vice President Matthew L. Johnson, Vice President Sammi L. Renken, Vice President & Secretary Joseph B. Carini, Vice President & Security Officer Brian P. Gainer, Vice President & Treasurer Laura Johnson, Chief   Continue Reading »

DOL Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Contractors

On November 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule that increases the hourly minimum wage for certain federal contractors to $15 effective January 30, 2022.  According to the Department of Labor, this rule increases federal contracting economy and efficiency by boosting worker productivity, reducing turnover and absenteeism, and   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Welcomes New Attorneys

We are very excited to introduce seven new Associate Attorneys who have joined Johnson & Bell.    Mallory G. Burney concentrates her practice in the areas of medical malpractice litigation, hospital liability defense, and long-term care litigation.  She represents hospitals, universities, physicians, nurses, and nursing homes in a wide variety of medical actions, including disputes   Continue Reading »

Failed Real Estate Investment Ignites Malpractice Claim. Jalalpour, Sedia and Macksey Extinguish the Dispute.

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Ramses Jalalpour and David M. Macksey, and Associate Attorney, Adam J. Sedia, secured a Second District Appellate Court ruling affirming motion for summary judgment in favor of their client in a legal malpractice dispute. In this case, the plaintiffs, a real estate investment and management company and its owner, thought they   Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Recently, OSHA announced its Covid ETS for employers with 100 or more employees.  It’s important that contractors performing work under federal contracts understand that they are required to follow the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (the “Guidance”), rather than the OSHA ETS. The Federal contractor guidance outlines   Continue Reading »
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