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The Transportation Brief®: A Quarterly Newsletter of Legal News, Winter 2017 - Dispatches

  • Don Vogel reports that Cook County, Illinois has passed a similar ordinance to the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, which will likewise take effect on July 1, 2017. Both Ordinances provide that Covered Employees (those who perform at least two hours of work in any particular two-week period within Cook County) can accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave every 12 months, 20 hours of which can be carried over to the following 12-month period. It is imperative that employers review their existing policies to assure compliance with the new laws.

  • According to Jeff Jackson, large commercial motor vehicles registered in Pennsylvania now must be inspected annually in that state, rather than semi-annually. This change, signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf late last year, aligns Pennsylvania with FMCSA regulations and leaves only California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland and New Hampshire as states requiring inspections more often.

  • David Robinson reminds employers that January 22, 2017 was the start date for use of the updated “smart” version of the Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees. The new form is an interactive PDF and can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-9.pdf.

  • Leasing dedicated warehouse space for a customer? Don Devitt cautions lessees to ensure the warehouse agreement and lease do not conflict and suggests paying particular attention to the length of each agreement and termination provisions to avoid carrying excess space.

  • Clients that have a sudden or expected vacancy on their legal team or that are experiencing extraordinary legal demands exceeding their internal resources may want to consider our Interim Internal Counsel Services. We can assign one of our experienced lawyers with internal experience to provide substantial or full time assistance for a limited period of time at a favorable rate.