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 Using Background and Reference Checks to Make Right Hiring Decision

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
10:30am to 12:00pm 

LAST CHANCE to register for this webinar!

Deciding on the best person to hire can be difficult. By doing background and reference checks correctly, those decisions can be made easier.
Join us for this webinar as labor and employment attorneys of SmithAmundsen counsel employers on how to structure hiring policies and procedures so that legal liability is minimized.


The attorneys will discuss:
•    Recent developments in employer liability for job applicant background and screening checks, with an eye on the latest EEOC developments;
•    Using criminal history in employment decisions;
•    Types of information that employers are forbidden from using;
•    Using social media in making hiring decisions; and
•    How employers can balance their duty to conduct due diligence background checks on applicants against their duty not to discriminate in employment decisions.

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Managing Workplace Conflict With a Progresive Training Model

Thursday April 18, 2013
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM CST

Workers' Compensation 102 webinar! Topics to be covered include:

  • Calculation of the average weekly wage in Illinois;
  • Age, marital status, and dependents;
  • Temporary total/partial disability;
  • Nature and extent of injury;
  • Disfigurement;
  • Wage loss differential;
  • Amputation losses in Illinois workers' compensation;
  • Discovery;
  • Liens and related claims against workers' compensation benefits in Illinois;
  • Surveillance in Illinois workers' compensation;
  • Retaliatory discharge;
  • Handling Illinois workers' compensation death claims;

Other workers' compensation issues.

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SBA and AARP Team Up to Connect Older Americans With Resources to Start, Grow Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are launching a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs over the age of 50 who want to start or grow a small business. Through SBA’s online training courses and its nationwide network of business mentors and counselors, the two organizations expect to train 100,000 “encore entrepreneurs,” men and women over 50 who are starting or running a small business.

SBA has set up a dedicated web page Americans over the age of 50 featuring: an online self-assessment tool that will help potential small business owners understand their readiness for starting a business as well as information to help with business planning, shaping a winning business idea, professional counseling, financial services and information to find local resources in your area. This web page can be found at:

SBA and AARP also will jointly develop and host a customized online course, self-assessment, and webinar series for older entrepreneurs.  SBA already offers a suite of online courses for people who want to start and grow their business. To take a course, go to under “online courses.”  Course topics include start-up basics, finance strategies, marketing tactics, overseas trade, and more.



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