The deadline to file a property tax assessment challenge for 2016 is nearly here. Challenging your property tax assessment could save you hundreds off your tax bill next year, but the deadline for filing the challenge is approaching quickly, September 10, 2015. Winnebago County residents will be receiving their 2016 property tax assessments over the…

The Illinois House passed a bill on Friday, April 17, 2015, which would lead to a stiffening of the penalties for offenders with multiple DUI convictions.  The bill, House Bill 3533, would increase the requirement for DUI offenders with two or more convictions to have a BAIID* (Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device) installed on their…

I just though everyone should know it is “Be Kind to Lawyers Day.”  Yes, it is apparently a real thing.  Please feel free to gush about your lawyer…  You can go back to lawyer jokes tomorrow!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made some recent rulings that affect the restaurant industry.  In 2012, the IRS issued a ruling to clarify the difference between tips and service charges.  Under current IRS rulings and guidance, a payment is considered a tip or gratuity only if (1) the payment is made free from compulsion; (2)…

Effective January 1, 2015, a new law prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring, considering, or requiring disclosure of an applicant’s criminal record at the initial application stage of the hiring process.  The new law is titled “Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act.”  The Act’s intended purpose is to prevent potentially qualified individuals…

A new law taking effect January 1, 2015, commonly referred to as the “Pregnancy Fairness Law”, gives protected status to pregnant women and new moms. The new law is a significant step forward for pregnant women in the workplace. The Pregnancy Fairness Law does not just protect “pregnant” women.  It extends protected status to women who…

The Illinois Workplace Violence Prevention Act (WVPA), which took effect January 1, 2014, seeks to give employers a new tool to protect their employees and workplaces from violent individuals. Prior to the WVPA, if a business was confronted with an individual who was threatening violence or had actually carried out violence at the workplace, the…

We are pleased to announce a new member to the Pumilia & Pumilia team, Michael Pumilia. Michael was born and raised in Rockford, IL.  He attended the University of Illinois where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to joining Pumilia…

We thought it was time to refresh business owners on complying with the required formalities of running and operating your own business.  This is a two part post.  The first is a refresher on the structure and operations of a small business.  The second is a review of the many ways small business owners lose…

Selecting a contractor for your next home project is actually a very important decision.  Not only can it mean the difference between good workmanship and poor workmanship; but also the difference between paying double for the work, having liens placed on your home, and having to sue or being sued by the contractors or suppliers….