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"#MeToo" By Laura Schrick and Holly Rogers

The hashtag “#MeToo” went viral in October 2017 in a movement to denounce sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against many people in the public eye. On Facebook, the hashtag was used by more than 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. Time Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its “Person of the Year” for 2017. Time featured a plethora of men and women who represent “the voices that launched a movement” and those who came forward to denounce their sexual harassers and abusers.

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Restrictive Covenants…Did You Really Consider the Consideration?

SJT blog fall 2017

"Restrictive Covenants…Did You Really Consider the Consideration?" By Sandra Tatoian

In the employment practice, you often hear, “Illinois law does not favor restrictive covenants.” The reasoning is that restrictive covenants prohibit employees from taking specific actions either during the term of the employment, after employment ends or even both periods of time. The three common restrictive covenants are:

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Late Filed Tax Returns Create a Bankruptcy Discharge Problem

MEL Nov. 2017 blog

“Late Filed Tax Returns Create a Bankruptcy Discharge Problem” By Mary Lopinot

Bankrupt individual taxpayers have long been able to discharge most income tax liabilities in bankruptcy. Under the Bankruptcy Code, most income tax liabilities of individual taxpayers are dischargeable if they did not come due within the last three years and are not the result of tax fraud (subject to a few exceptions). Taxpayers considering bankruptcy should be aware, however, that if you didn’t voluntarily file your tax return on time, you may have lost the ability to discharge your income tax debts in bankruptcy.

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Hold On To Your Passports If You Owe IRS Taxes

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“Hold On To Your Passports If You Owe IRS Taxes – January 2018 Revocation Action” By Mary Lopinot

In late 2015, Congress gave the IRS a new tax collection tool aimed at collecting high-dollar tax debts of individuals—the right to recommend revocation of your U.S. Passport. The change was included in roads appropriation legislation (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) and will become fully implemented on January 1, 2018.

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