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SMALL BUSINESSES, BIG RELIEF UNDER CARES ACT PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

By: Kyle Day The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating effects on small businesses across the country.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES Act”) includes several provisions offering relief to small businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program (“3P”), which authorizes $349 billion in federally-secured, potentially forgivable loans to qualifying small businesses. The program…

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Cyber Hygiene in a COVID-19 World

By Courtney Kay-Decker Many of us are suddenly full time remote workers.  The transition to work out of the office shakes up our day-to-day routines.  There is one habit that is critical to maintain:  Good cyber hygiene.  Cyber criminals are well aware of our new normal, and are hoping that we have let our guard…

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What Employers Need to Know about the Coronavirus Response Act

By: Abbey Furlong On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), legislation designed to offer initial mitigation of the continually evolving hardships faced by those impacted by the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. Among the measures included in the Act are a number of provisions applicable to employers…

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Basic Steps Employers Can Take Amid COVID-19

by Spencer Willems The rise and spread of the novel coronavirus—and its causing of the disease COVID 19—poses a global health threat unparalleled in living memory.  In order to weather these difficult times, employers should not only stay abreast of the newest headlines and updates about the virus, they should think proactively and plan strategically…

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Calling All Illinois (and Iowa) Employers – Workplace Transparency Act, Part III, and Your 2020 Compliance Checklist

By Maegan Gorham What a week we’ve had reviewing the 2020 Illinois employment law changes. We’re not done yet –read on for part three of the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. This post will focus on training and reporting requirements…

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Workplace Transparency Act – Part II – Employment, Separation, and Arbitration Agreements

By Maegan Gorham Today marks #4 in our Employment Law  Update series where we will discuss part two of the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. This post will focus on required changes to employment, separation, and arbitration agreements entered into,…

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Workplace Transparency Act – Part 1 – IHRA, VESSA, and Hotel Employees Act

By Maegan Gorham If you’ve been reading this week, you know we’ve been covering the various changes to Illinois employment law going into effect in 2020. Today, I’ll discuss the Workplace Transparency Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) will bring sweeping changes to Illinois employment law. The WTA prohibits employers from…

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Calling All Illinois Employers – We’re Here to Help You Keep Up-To-Date With Sweeping Changes to Illinois Employment Laws

by Maegan Gorham Newly passed legislation in Illinois, including the Workplace Transparency Act and the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, will significantly affect state employment policies in 2020. The Workplace Transparency Act significantly expands employee protections by making a number of changes to existing laws and by requiring changes to employment agreements, annual reporting, and…

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How’s Your Cyber Hygiene?

The holiday shopping season kicks of this week!  Cyber criminals are at the ready to take advantage of the season to steal your information.  Having good cyber hygiene is important year-round, but it’s even more important this time of the year as we search for the perfect gifts for friends and family.  Our own Courtney…

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Attorney Thoughts on 165

Attorneys are known for their ways with words, so we couldn’t resist asking them for their thoughts on the firm and the future of the legal profession: What is your favorite memory in your career at Lane & Waterman? Who is someone that has been a mentor to you in your legal career? What do…

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165 Years of Growth

  Lane & Waterman is one of the oldest law firms west of the Mississippi River. It began as a two-person venture, when in 1854 A. Abner Davison and David S. True formed a partnership to practice law in what was then the budding frontier town of Davenport. The firm became known as Lane &…

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All Bets Are Off Following Murphy v. NCAA

By: Hunter C. Sickels (Summer Associate) The idea of sports betting, both professional and amateur sports, has been the center of debate for many years. Until recently, Nevada has been the only state to allow such forms of gambling, however, the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA will lead to a drastic change across…

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Hemp Legalization: CBD is everywhere, but is it legal?

By: Thomas Bush (Summer Associate) Having a tough time understanding blockchain? So am I, so let’s not go there. I do think it is important, however, to address a seemingly grey area in the law today – Cannabis regulation. I am sure some of you have recently become familiar with the term “CBD”. CBD, in…

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Lane & Waterman Welcomes Three Summer Associates

Lane & Waterman welcomes the addition of three summer associates to the firm: Austin Lenz, Thomas Bush and Hunter Sickels. Austin is a Quad Cities native who earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University and currently attends Drake University Law School. He is currently a Research Editor of the Drake Law Review; Serves as…

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Purchase Price Adjustments in Acquisition Agreements

By: Scott Van Vooren This blog post is a part of Lane & Waterman’s M & A Blog Series. 1. Introduction Purchase price adjustments reflect changes in the agreed purchase price of the target company that typically occur between the signing of the letter of intent or acquisition agreement and the closing date. These price…

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Meet Grace E. Mangieri

Grace E. Mangieri joins Lane & Waterman as our newest associate. Grace has moved back to the QC with her husband and twin boys. Grace previously worked in Chicago, IL.  We sat down with Grace to find out her career path with L&W. 1. What made you decide to pursue a degree in law; and…

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Changes to Title IX Regulations

What You Need to Know about the Secretary of Education’s Proposal and the Public Response. By: Maegan Gorham On November 29, 2018, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a proposal for new Title IX regulations addressing institutional response to incidents of sexual harassment and allowed public comment on the proposed changes through the required notice…

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#MeToo What Do We Do

By: Judy Hermann This blog post is a part of Lane & Waterman’s M & A Blog Series. The #MeToo movement did not change the substantive law applicable to sexual harassment claims, and for attorneys who have been practicing in this area for a number of years the response is generally that sexual harassment claims are…

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