City Announces Expansion of Indoor Dining

CITY OF CHICAGO BUSINESS AFFAIRS & CONSUMER PROTECTION // FEBRUARY 16, 2021 The City of Chicago announced that, effective immediately, indoor service at bars, restaurants and event venues can increase to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 people per room or floor. This increase is due to the significant progress that Chicago continues to…

Chicago Vaccine Rollout for Grocery Stores

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // February 4, 2021   Thank you for all you are doing to provide the goods and services our nation needs. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges, forcing you to continually adapt while trying to keep your employees and their families safe. We…

2021 Session Update #9

More Regions Out of Mitigations Tiers / City Remains Under Stricter Guidelines / House Cancels February Session Dates / Rep. Thapedi Announces Resignation   FEBRUARY 2, 2021 Over the last week, all but one region has moved out of the Tier 2 mitigations (only Region 4 remains in Tier 2).  We wanted to update you…

Fair Work Week Compliance – IMPORTANT

As we begin this new year, we would like to remind Employers and Employee of important components of the Fair Workweek Ordinance that became effective on January 1, 2021. These new provisions require “Safety-net hospitals” to abide by the Fair Workweek Ordinance and allow for any employee covered by the Ordinance to independently file a…

BACP Updates

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // Dec. 17, 2020   Yesterday, the Chicago City Council passed an important piece of legislation expanding regulatory relief for businesses that continue to be impacted by COVID-19. This ordinance extends a number of different measures, outlined below, that were implemented this year in order to support…

Illinois Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Application Deadline is December 15, 2020 

The Illinois Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program, offered by the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), provides economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. We strongly recommend that all interested small businesses apply as soon as possible- the application period for the BIG program will close at 5:00 p.m.…

Chicago Shelves Potential Flavored Tobacco Ban

Convenience stores and gas stations argued against the proposal By NACS Online // July 08, 2020 CHICAGO—A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Chicago has stalled in a City Council committee, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Alderman Matt O’Shea, a close ally of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, presented the measure, which drew opposition from…

Equal Pay Act Now in Effect in Illinois

Offending employers can be fined for violations By NACS Online // October 01, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Amendments to Illinois’ Equal Pay Act went into effect on Sunday, Sept. 29, leaving employers little time to adjust their hiring practices, reports the National Law Review. Under the amended EPA, employers and employment agencies may not: Screen applicants based on their current…