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Many activities—such as skiing, bungee jumping, sending children on field trips, and axe throwing—require you to sign a waiver or release. If you’ve signed a waiver, you may wonder what would happen if you get injured.

Can you sue for personal injury damages if you signed a waiver? In Illinois, the answer is typically “yes.”

Waivers and Release Clauses – Often Useless in Illinois

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Employing people carries its inherent risks. As much as you might try to minimize those risks during the hiring and training process, you may still find yourself facing liabilities down the road. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid employment lawsuits. These include careful compliance, advance preparation, and generally taking good care of your employees.

Regulatory Compliance

It’s important to know what the rules are in all aspects of your business operations, but it’s especially important when it comes to working with employees. Laws ranging from workplace safety and health under OSHA to equal employment opportunity and discrimination should all be considered.

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Corporate governance is an integral component of running a business, particularly when it comes to maintaining compliance with legal standards and keeping company leadership accountable. Employees are often affected by decisions made with respect to how a corporation is governed, but they typically don’t have much say in the matter.

Here, we’ll look into the role employees can have in corporate governance and how they can impact it in a positive way.

The Interest Employees Have in a Company’s Success

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In Illinois, any injury that arises out of the performance of your work-related duties is considered to be a work injury. That may seem straightforward on the surface, but there are many instances where an injury can be covered by workers’ compensation that you might not typically expect. In this article, we’ll go over exactly what qualifies as a work-related injury in Illinois.

Work Injury Criteria

To qualify as work-related, an injury must result from your work duties in some way. That could mean an injury directly caused by a workplace accident, but it could also include repetitive strain injuries from typing or lifting, exacerbation of prior injuries/existing conditions, or any other injury that wouldn’t otherwise occur were it not for your job.

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Accidents often leave enduring trauma, but that trauma doesn’t always manifest itself right away. It may be days, weeks, or even months before you notice that anything is wrong, and by that time, you may wonder if you still have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

The truth is if your injury is the result of another person’s neglectful actions, you are likely entitled to personal injury damages, even if you don’t notice your injury right away.

Reasons You Might Not Immediately Notice Injuries

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has various requirements of employers with respect to individuals with disabilities. Under Title I, employers with 15 employees or more are prohibited from discriminating against anyone with a disability, and that encompasses a number of duties.

No Discrimination Against Disabled Individuals

The ADA prohibits discrimination by employers against disabled individuals. What this means in practice is that employers must make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities during recruiting, hiring, firing, promoting, etc.

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When you’re injured at work, one of the greatest obstacles between you and your workers’ compensation benefits is your employer’s insurance provider. They’ll use a number of tactics to try to reduce or deny benefits, so it’s best to be on the lookout for the excuses detailed below.

1. You Weren’t on the Clock

Sometimes, an injury happens either just before you clock in or right after you clock out for the day. The insurance company may try to use this as grounds to deny benefits, but in Illinois, being off the clock isn’t an immediate disqualification from workers’ compensation.

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It’s important to know how to safeguard your wealth against creditors. A carefully constructed asset protection plan can help you tremendously in the event that you become subject to a lawsuit, and it’s an essential part of estate planning as well.

That said, there are a number of pitfalls that you should avoid when creating an asset protection plan. We’ll go over a few of the most common here.

1. Assuming You Don’t Need an Asset Protection Plan

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The future of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology could well be decided by a lawsuit filed at the end of 2020.

On December 22, 2020, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple Labs and two of its executives. The claim is that they traded $1.3 billion in their cryptocurrency XRP as a security without registering it with the SEC. Ripple and other parties have since countered with claims that the SEC is biased in its assessment.

As of right now, here is the current status of this lawsuit as well as a breakdown of each side of the argument.

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Artists have found a great deal of value in marketing their work on NFT markets owing to the ease of receiving royalties generated through their creations. That said, there are a number of intellectual property implications that have come forth as NFTs have climbed in popularity. We’ll discuss a few of those implications here.

Transfer of IP Rights – A Common Misconception

If you’re familiar with NFTs, you are likely already aware of how IP rights are handled. For everyone else, a common misconception is that an NFT represents the copyright to its underlying asset, be it artwork, music, videography, etc.

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