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Business Blog

These weekly blogs will provide resources to Chamber members to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully.

Automation is everywhere, and its penetration and sophistication are increasing. Artificial intelligence is expected to greatly expand the ability of robots and automated systems to learn, combine work functions and think outside the box. Robotics and cognitive technologies are continuing to supplant a growing number of routine business functions that previously were handled by humans—including knowledge-worker tasks that many assumed would remain the domain of human beings for the foreseeable future.

The Department of Labor has proposed an increase in the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year from $23,660.

Leadership and professional development is one of The Chamber’s four core functions. This is important to our members and the community as a whole, because when you consider our ever-changing culture, ongoing technological advances and the need for leaders to guide organizations while connecting the right people to the right priorities – great leadership is essential.

As a member of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, you’re eligible to participate in an exclusive program that could reduce your energy costs.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois state law governing military leaves changed. ISERRA (the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) replaces a set of laws that formerly governed such leaves

By broadening the standard for who is considered an independent contractor under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reduced the number of individuals who may unionize or bring unfair labor practice charges. Unlike employees, independent contractors are not protected by the act.

On Dec. 21, the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address and prevent workplace harassment within state and local government sectors. It is crucial that all employers, public or private understand its contents.

Handbooks are a key asset for communicating company policies and promoting fairness and consistency in the workplace, and ever-evolving federal, state and local laws make routinely reviewing and updating handbooks critical for employers. 2018 proved to be a busy year, particularly at the state and local levels as new and amended employment-related laws took effect in 27 states and several key municipalities.

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