Alternative Work Forces & Independent Contractors

By Mark A. Lies, II, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

Three engineers

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced and issued a 161 page final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. 80 Fed. Reg. 25366 (May 4, 2015), which is effective on August 3, 2015.


By Johanna T. Wise and Andrew J. Masak

Every day new stories about the uses (and misuses) of drones surface in the media.

They have been used to: photograph the 2015 Winter X Games, assist in firefighting operations, monitor agricultural drought, monitor pipelines in remote areas of the world, and take pictures for realtors.  One

By: Giselle Donado, Kevin A. Fritz, and Jason J. Englund

An Illinois state law directed at preventing the misclassification of construction employees as independent contractors remains intact after the US Supreme Court declined to consider a roofing company’s challenge to the 2008 law.

Illinois Employee Classification Act

The Illinois Employee Classification Act imposes

By Laura J. Maechtlen

As we blogged earlier this week, here is the continuation of our “Top Ten” flex work issues and tips on how to solve them:

Issue Six:   How To Fulfill Posting Requirements

Federal, state and local laws require employers to conspicuously display certain posters in the workplace, where they can be

By Laura J. Maechtlen

Many employers are exploring the idea of flexible work environments; indeed, some would argue that they are the “future” of the modern workplace.  The reasons are obvious:  technological advances, an increased millennial population, demands for work-life balance from employees, and an ever-competitive global marketplace, require corporate America to re-think methods and