NEWS AND RESOURCES

Maintaining and Hiring a Diverse Workforce

Helen Bloch addressed NAWBO’s Lincoln Park Business Exchange on attracting and hiring diverse employees.  Helen explored how to encourage diversity throughout the entire hiring process from advertising the position to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.  Helen discussed ad placement and how it can limit the reach to potential applicants.  She also advised the group on how to draft job applications and prepare interview questions that are not tailored to elicit information about a candidate’s membership in a protected class (disability, order of protection status, sexual orientation, etc.). Maintaining a diverse workforce is an important business strategy that can enhance an organization’s culture and drive its financial performance. Before engaging in a business relationship, many companies are inquiring of potential business partners information as to their diversity practices.

Surrogacy: Who is the Parent from a Jewish and Illinois Legal Perspective?

Helen Bloch moderated a continuing legal education panel on surrogacy law and its impact on families from both a secular and Jewish legal context. The esteemed panelists included Dena Levy of Levy Law Solutions, Rabbi Chankin-Gould of Anshe Emet Synagogue, and Rabbi Wolkenfeld of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation. The panel discussed several aspects of surrogacy, such as the emotional impact infertility has on families, costs involved with retaining a surrogate and various contract negotiations.  Surrogacy contracts can detail everything from what foods the surrogate may eat to which activities she may perform while carrying the fetus. This informative program was co-sponsored by several organizations including the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, A Wider Bridge, Hadassah, JCFS Chicago, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. 

To Pay or Not to Pay: Should You Reimburse Your Employee’s Expenses?

Helen Bloch authored an article published in the Illinois State Bar Association’s March 2019 Illinois Bar Journal. The article discusses the recent amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act that requires employers to reimburse employees for expenses incurred while performing their jobs. Helen explains the ramifications of this new law and provides simple steps Illinois employers can take when handling their employees’ expenses. She also uses a similar law in California to predict how Illinois courts may rule when determining which expenses are eligible for reimbursement.  Click above to read the article in its entirety. 

Sister In Law: A Panel Celebrating Diverse Women in the Law

The John Marshall Law School hosted a panel discussion on women and diversity in the legal field. Helen Bloch and her co-panelists addressed discrimination against women and the challenges facing women today in the legal field. Helen Bloch was honored to have this opportunity to provide some guidance to the next generation of lawyers.

Helen Bloch Presents on Starting a New Business in Illinois

At a workshop held at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), Helen Bloch lectured entrepreneurs on starting a business in Illinois. Helen introduced five basic startup steps which covered everything from selecting a name to paying taxes and hiring employees. Helen also reviewed different types of legal entities and explained which business structures are recommended for startups.

Helen Bloch Selected as a Super Lawyer for 2019

We are pleased to announce that Helen Bloch has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Super Lawyer for 2019 in the field of employment law. The Super Lawyers designation, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of the total lawyers in each state are selected to receive this honor.  We are thrilled to be recognized as among the best lawyers in the area!

Sexual Harassment Is Not Always What You Think It Is

Helen Bloch authored an article in which she examines a recent federal appeals court decision involving male on male sexual harassment and gender discrimination. She uses the court’s ruling to explain what future cases need to establish in order to prevail on their gender discrimination claims. Helen also discusses the broader impact of this decision, questioning whether the judicial system is adequately upholding the federal law that protects employees from unwelcome sexually tinged language and touching. The article was published in the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ Fall 2018 newsletter and can be found on page 10 of the publication that is in the attached link.

The Decalogue Tablets Fall 2018 Edition Published An Article Authored By Helen Bloch

The article, entitled “Case Law Update: Sexual Harassment, Where Are We Headed?”, uses a recent federal appeals court ruling to discuss sexual harassment of males.  Helen explains how the court’s decision, which elaborates on the difference between sex harassment and sex discrimination, may impact future sex discrimination cases. But she also uses her own personal experience to debate whether parochial schools sufficiently educate students on the issues of consent, bodily autonomy, and workplace harassment.  She argues that in order to prepare students for a modern world, sex education in all schools must include information about workplace harassment.  

How to Start a Business in Illinois

At a workshop at the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) Helen Bloch explained to the attendees how to start a business in Illinois. From entity formation to selecting a name, Helen also discussed the role of a registered agent and office, insurance and licensing requirements, and best practices to shield oneself from personal liability. 

Employment Law Conundrums

At the East Bank Club Helen Bloch lectured to members of NAWBO’s Boardroom Exchange on recent legal decisions and legislation in the area of employment law.  Her presentation included illegal interview questions, appropriate language for job ads, trade secrets, the effect of social media on restrictive covenants such as non-competition agreements, and misclassification of employees as independent contractors.   

Helen Bloch authored an article published in the WBAI Newsletter, Spring 2018 edition

The article entitled New Doors Open for Older Employees focuses on a recent federal appeals court ruling that paves the way for older job applicants to sue employers for age discrimination.  It examines the case Kleber v. CareFusion Corporation, No 17-1206, which was decided in April of 2018.  Helen explains how the court’s decision may influence employers to change their hiring practices and the potential effect on job applicants.   The article can be found on page 35 of the publication that is in the attached link.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Timothy Evans installs Helen Bloch as the 2018-2019 First Vice President of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers during its 84th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on June 27, 2018 at the Palmer House Chicago. ​

Legal Issues For Small Businesses

Helen Bloch addressed a group of business owners at Wintrust Bank on North Avenue in Chicago about legal issues that may arise in running a business. She discussed how to legally structure, form, and maintain a business. She briefly delved into issues concerning intellectual property and ended the conversation with the obligations a potential employer has to a potential employee. 

Intersection of Faith and the Practice of Law

Chicago-Kent hosted a panel discussion on the impact an attorney's faith has on the attorney's practice of law.  Helen Bloch was honored to represent the Jewish faith and share her experience along with her distinguished co-panelists from different faiths.

Loyola Phoenix quotes Helen Bloch

Helen Bloch is quoted in an article about an alleged investigation into a Loyola Campus Safety Officer.  

From Employee to Entrepreneur

Helen Bloch presented at a continuing legal education course sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Decalogue Society of Lawyers at the Catalyst Ranch on the topic of forming and maintaining a business from a legal perspective.  Co-panelists Michele Katz and Jessica Merino discussed intellectual property and financial aspects of becoming an entrepreneur.   Here are a few of the photos showcasing the program. 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Features Helen Bloch

Helen is the WBAI’s Member Monday Profile for the week of November 6, 2017. Click on the title to view her interview with the WBAI.

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence

Our firm celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.  It was a privilege for the firm to share this accomplishment over great food, delightful drinks, and enjoyable conversations with those to whom we owe our gratitude for bringing us to this milestone- our clients, colleagues, friends and family.  Here are a few photos to give you a glimpse into the night. 

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

The Honorable Moshe Jacobius officially installed Helen Bloch as the 2017-2018 First Vice President of the Decalogue Society of  Lawyers.

Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers

Helen Bloch is a contributing author in the American Bar Association book Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers. Using a study performed by the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, the book contains research on the importance of having a grit and growth mindset. 

LinkedIn for Lawyers

Helen Bloch introduces JD Gershbein of Owlish Communications at a Decalogue Society of Lawyers and Women’s Bar Association event at ISBA Mutual that she organized on the topic of marketing for lawyers using LinkedIn. 

Nuts and Bolts of an Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim- any interplay with employment law?

Helen Bloch was the speaker for a continuing legal education course sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) on the topic of the intersection of workers' compensation and employment law in Illinois.  

Social Media: Do the Laws Adequately Protect our Kids

Helen Bloch moderated a continuing legal education panel on Social Media: Do the Laws Adequately Protect our Kids. The program was co-sponsored by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School, and Congregation Ezras Israel. The esteemed panelists included Senator Ira Silverstein, Deborah Pergament, Managing Attorney of the Children's Law Group, LLC, and Marsha Nagorsky, Associate Dean for Communications at the University of Chicago.

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Helen Bloch addressed law students on the importance of networking at her alma mater IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

You Were Subpoenaed Now What

Graduate psychology students at the University of Illinois at Chicago were lectured by Helen Bloch on the topic of subpoenas and responding thereto. She addressed rules that applied in federal versus state court and at certain administrative tribunals, discussed preparation as an expert versus fact witness and explained setting fees.  

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Timothy Evans installs Helen Bloch as the 2016-2017 Second Vice President of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers during its 82nd Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on June 29, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. ​

How to Hire, Fire, and Classify Your Workers

Helen Bloch addressed the National Association of Women Business Owners Lincoln Park Business Exchange on how to hire, fire, and properly classify one's workforce.  Included in her presentation was when an employee should be considered exempt or non-exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and whether someone who provides services to a business may be classified as an independent contractor as opposed to an employee.  Also, she provided tips on hiring and firing employees.   

Recent Legal Developments Affecting Businesses

On June 2, 2016 Helen Bloch presented to the NAWBO Boardroom Exchange on the topic of Recent Legal Developments Affecting Businesses.  She focused on the Department of Labor's final rule updating the salary requirements to remain exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois' pregnancy laws, and Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act.

Helen Bloch authors an article for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois newsletter, 2016 Winter Edition

Helen Bloch’s article entitled What Every Lawyer Should Know About Practicing in the First Municipal District was published in the WBAI's 2016 Winter Edition.  Helen writes about her experience practicing in the varied courtrooms that comprise the First Municipal District and provides tips to practitioners concerning the importance of adequate preparation, providing visual aids to the trier-of-fact, and the impact of thoughtful closing arguments.

The Mezuzah - VIDEO

This documentary explores the religious, practical (writing and affixing), historical, legal and even hygienic aspects of the mezuzot. Helen Bloch’s legal involvement with a condominium association concerning mezuzot is featured in this documentary starting at 29:26.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Helen Bloch was honored on June 29, 2015 by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers with the Presidential Citation Award at the Union League Club.

Get Down To Business with Shalom Klein radio - AUDIO

Helen Bloch discusses non-compete agreements and employee versus independent contractor status.

Faith: Staying True to One’s Religion While Engaged in the Practice of Law

On April 30, 2014 Helen Bloch moderated a continuing legal education panel at Greenberg Traurig LLP entitled Attorneys of Faith: Staying True to One’s Religion While Engaged in the Practice of Law.

Employment Agreements with Helen Bloch - VIDEO

Helen Bloch provides tips on reviewing an employment agreement/contract prior to starting a new job.

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