News and Updates

Thank you to Scott Becker and Becker Group Women’s Leadership for this podcast opportunity to discuss my business:

“Gamechangers – New Employment Laws” Client Bulletin Summer 2019

“Equal Pay – How Do We Fare Today?” clientbulletinspring2019

Featured in VoyageChicago Magazine’s Inspiring Stories 8/14/18:

CHECK OUT CAREER RESOURCE CENTER for work transition and transform your career: or 847-295-5626.



Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Fastest Labs Lunch and Learn)

Women in Business: Becker Group Women’s Leadership Podcast

Americans with Disabilities Act staff and management training (local home improvement company)

Negotiating Job Offers, Rights at Hire and Fire, and Paid Sick Leave (Career Renewal, Deerfield)

Hot Topics in Employment Law: Harassment, Electronic Communication and Employment Rights (Career Transitions Center, Chicago)

Negotiating Job Offers, Drug Testing, and Marijuana and the Workplace – A Legal Perspective (New Trier High School Business Law class)


Update on Paid Sick Leave and New Laws (Regional franchisees of national caregiver company)

An Older Workplace – Realities, Benefits and Legal Rights (Career Resource Center)

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (University of Chicago Women’s Alliance)

Worker Classification (Lake County Bar Assn., Debtor & Creditor Committee)

We All Count When It Comes to Being Empowered Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Panel Member, Social Worker/Health Care Certification Seminar, Sponsors: Symphony, Home Instead Senior Care, Brookdale, JourneyCare)

ADA/FMLA 3-Day Certification Training (HR Training Center)

Women in the Workplace – Legal Rights and Issues (Skokie Chamber)

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (DBR – Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber)

Hot Topics in Employment Law: Sexual Harassment, Social Media, Hire/Fire Rights and Paid Sick Leave (Vistage Group – CEOs)

Workplace Law Compliance and Manager Best Practices (Corporate client – managers)


New Chicago and Cook County Paid Sick Leave Laws (Comfort Keepers regional franchise owners)

Legal Issues for Small Employers (CPA Firm Management Association)

Negotiating Job Offers – A Legal Perspective (HR Network)

Social Media in the Workplace (University of Chicago Women’s Alliance)

Human Resources Generalist 3-Day Certification Training (HR Training Center)

Workplace Laws with Teeth: Ten Essential Rules for Running Your Practice Lawfully (Chicago Dental Society – North Suburban Branch)


The 10 Worst Mistakes in Negotiating Job Offers and Severance Agreements (with Sari Klein; Northbrook Library)

Negotiating Job Offers (Career Resource Center)

Employment Law Issues and Tips for Small Employers (Comfort Keepers regional franchise owners)

Worker Classification and New Overtime Laws (Mann, Weitz & Associates, LLC)

Key Points to Consider When Negotiating a Job Offer (NSENG)

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace (SBAC)

Employment Law Roundtable for Small Employers – 2015 Roundup and 2016 Forecast (Skokie Chamber Roundtable Presentation – Breakfast Club)


Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims (Panel, Chicago Bar Association, Committee on Labor & Employment)

Difficult Conversations in the Workplace (Women Optimizing Women and Career Resource Center)

Current Issues in Employment Law (FGMK, LLC accounting firm)

Medical Marijuana and Your Workforce – Developments in Employment Law (Lakeshore Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre and Illinois Masonic Hospital)

Women in the Workplace: Legal Rights and Issues (Women’s Exchange)

Beginnings and Endings: Rights at Hire and Fire (Congregation Ahavat Olam)


Having Difficult Conversations, Tips, Tricks and Techniques (The Fall Professional Speakers of EPWNG)

Current Issues in Employment Law: At-Will Employment, Employment Contracts, and New Rules on Noncompetes; Rights at Termination, Separation Agreements and RIFs; An Older Workplace (North Shore Executive Networking Group – NSENG)

Developing Privacy and Data Security Issues for Small Business Owners and Employers – New Laws, Regulations and Best Practices (North Shore LAW/Chicago Title and Trust CLE Presentation with Stacy Streur)

Medical Marijuana and Your Workforce – Developments in Employment Law (Independent Finance Association of Illinois)

Hot Topics in Employment Law – New Rules on Illinois Noncompetes, Social Media at Work, Worker Classification: Independent Contractors, Overtime Exemptions (Skokie Chamber Business Building Lunch)

Legal Issues for Small Businesses (North Shore LAW panel hosted by the Skokie Public Library)

2013 and earlier

Current Issues in Employment Law – (Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. CPAs)

Current Topics in Employment Law – Update: Supreme Court and Illinois (Career Resource Center)

LGBT and Legal Rights (Intraspectrum Counseling)

Exit Interviews (MRA – The Management Association)

HR and Legal Lessons for Successful Employment Transition  Presented with Mary Beth Barrett Newman (Career Resource Center)

Employment Discrimination, Hiring and Firing and Immigration  Presented with Lakshmi Lakshmanan (North Shore Law CLE)

RIFs (Reductions-in-Force) and Economic Alternatives, and Social Media in the Workplace (HR.C0m Webinar)

Issues in Employment Law (DBR Chamber of Commerce and Career Resource Center of Lake County)

Forming and Protecting Your Business, Employment and IP Presented with Marcia Franklin and Ellen Greenberger (North Shore LAW CLE)

Legal Issues in a Volatile Employment Environment (Temple Jeremiah)

– Employment separation and legal rights: at will/contract employment; discrimination/retaliation/unlawful discharge

– Overtime/worker classification (exempt from overtime; independent contractors)

– Separation/severance agreements/releases and non-competes/restrictive covenants

Social Media in the Workplace, Worker Classification, Separation/Severance (North Shore LAW CLE)

ADAand ADAAA Update (CLE: Real Estate Institute)

Issues in Employment Law (Career Resource Center of Lake County (CRC))

Update on Disabilities Laws (YMCA-USA Webinar; Temple Jeremiah)

Reductions in Force – Guidelines and Risks (CLE Seminar)

The Importance of Attracting and Retaining Older Workers (CLE Seminar)

Fair Labor Standards Act – White Collar Exemptions (Client Seminar)

Absences and Attendance: Navigating the Legal Maze of the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation (American Institute of Architects)

FMLA and No-Fault Attendance (Association of Legal Administrators)

Harassment Training and Discrimination (Talbott Hotel; DuPage County Housing Authority)

Reconciling ADA, FMLA, WC and COBRA (Loyola EEOC Conference)

Harassment/Employee Handbook (Institutional Sales Corporation)

Developing Strategies to Manage An Older Workforce and the ADA (Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Loyola University)

Supervisor Employment Issues

Sexual Harassment – Limiting Your Liability Exposure

Hiring and Firing, The Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans With Disabilities Act (Lexington Health Care Centers; Illinois Nursing Home Administration Association Summer Conference, Springfield)

Employment Termination, Sexual Harassment, General Employment Issues (Chicago Association of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists)

Americans With Disabilities Act (Stock Market Observer, WCIU, Chicago (Channel 26); Union League Club of Chicago)

Employment Issues in the Long-Term Care Facility

Current Issues in Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law (The Alper Agency (Chicago) and Holleb & Coff)

Management Requirements and Employee Rights (Illinois Council on Long-Term Care)

Employment Discrimination (Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society Midwest Accounting Show)


“Gamechangers – New Employment Laws” Client Bulletin Summer 2019

“Equal Pay – How Do We Fare Today?” clientbulletinspring2019

“New Employment Laws,” clientbulletinwinter2019

“Client Bulletin Fall 2018,” clientbulletinfall2018

Featured in VoyageChicago Magazine’s Inspiring Stories 8/14/18:

“Supreme Court: Changes and Impact on Businesses: Client Bulletin Summer 2018” clientbulletinsummer2018

“Client Bulletin Winter 2018,” clientbulletinwinter2018

“Lessons from Harvey Weinstein and Other Gender Issues at Work,”  lorigoldsteinlawclientbulletinfall2017

“New Paid Sick Leave Requirements and Minimum Wage Increases in Chicago and Cook County Effective July 1, 2017” Special Client Bulletin May 2017

“Leave of Absence as A Reasonable Accommodation” clientbulletinspring2017

“2017: New Laws and Uncertainty” clientbulletindecember2016

“Employment Tricks and Treats” clientbulletinfall2016

“Prepare Now for December’s Major Overtime Exemption Changes” clientbulletinsummer2016

“Special Client Bulletin – New Overtime Regulations Imminent” clientbulletinspecialovertimedol2016

“Year-End Roundup and New Year Forecast”   clientbulletinwinter2016

“Labor Day Law List – 10 Employment Law Changes” Client Bulletin Labor Day 2015

“Work Transition in 2015” Check out my August 20, 2015 interview on the Next Act for Women blog at

“Difficult Work Conversations: Tips For Employees And Employers,” Client Bulletin Spring 2015

“Ring in the New Year with New 2015 Employment Laws: Illinois Ban-the-Box, LGBT Rules for Federal Contractors, Minimum Wage, Pregnancy Accommodations, and More…” Client Bulletin Winter 2015

“Employee Accommodations in Two Arenas: Pregnancy and Mental Disabilities,” Client Bulletin Fall 2014

“Medical Marijuana and Your Workforce – The New (2014) Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (MCPP)” (3-part series), Client Bulletins:   June 2014July 2014August 2014

“2014 Welcomes Obamacare, Vocal College Athletes, and Older Workers – the Economic Impact on Employers and Employees,” Client Bulletin  Winter 2014

“Legal Lessons for Employment Transitions,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin September 2013

“Summertime: Internships and Company Social Events,” Client Bulletin Summer 2013

“Exit Interviews,” North Shore LAW June 2013 and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin August 2013

“Inaugurate Your Workplace Resolutions,” Client Bulletin January 2013

“No Social Media Passwords for Illinois Employers, Anti-Bullying Legislation Update, Latest Census Findings, EEOC Protects Transgender Workers,” Client Bulletin Summer 2012

“Social Media is Here to Stay,” What’s Happening Community Newspaper, April 26, 2012

“Employers (union and non-union) Beware: Social Media and Employee Rights,” Client Bulletin   April 2012

“Hot Employment Issues for 2012,” Client Bulletin  January 2012

“Surprise Relief for Employers and Good News for Workers: Voluntary Settlement Opportunity to Reclassify Independent Contractors to Employees” Client Bulletin October 2011

“Employers Face Increased Obligations,Risk under Amended ADA Regulations” Client Bulletin April 2011

“Can Employees Legally Be Fired For Facebook Posts?” Publicity Club of Chicago

“Court Guides Employers On Reasonable Accommodations and ADA Protection,” Wildman Harrold Employment Newsletter

“Termination For Misconduct Does Not Automatically End Injured Employees’ Workers’ Compensation Benefits,” Wildman Harrold Employment Newsletter

“Illinois Expands Employer Obligations By Amending Three Statutes,” Wildman Harrold Employment Newsletter

“Recent Local FMLA Cases Clarify Employee Rights,” Wildman Harrold Employment Newsletter

Quoted in “Employee Leave and Law,” Business Insurance

Quoted in “Database Aids Judge in Spurring Settlements,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

“The Legal and Practical Reasons You Should Conduct Exit Interviews,” Assisted Living

“ADA Update: What Are The Courts Debating?” The Journal of Workers Compensation

“Minimizing Your Employment Liability – Understanding the Interplay among the ADA, FMLA and
Workers Compensation” Food Industry News

“Complying With The FMLA May Not Be Enough” Insight Magazine

“Appropriate Policies Reduce Risk of Sex Discrimination, Harassment” Provider Magazine

“Protecting the Rights of the Disabled” Chicago Healthcare Magazine

“Dealing With Discrimination” Chicago Healthcare Magazine