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Illinois Mechanic’s Lien–Use of Residential Preliminary Notices

Before recording an Illinois mechanic’s lien, subcontractors and suppliers on residential projects are required to serve what is called a “Subcontractor’s Notice to Owner (60-Day Notice)”. It applies only to owner occupied single-family residences and therefore excludes industrial or commercial projects. Who must use this notice? It applies to all contractors, subcontractors, laborers and material equipment suppliers who do not have a direct contract or privity with the owner of the project. Or alternatively, with the owner’s agent. Included within ...
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California Termination for Testing Positive (marijuana) in Pre-employment Drug Test

It is well-known that California is one of the states that allows recreational use of marijuana. But how does it affect the workplace? As seen below, employers may still enforce their no tolerance drug or alcohol policies in places of employment, notwithstanding that recreational allowance. What an employer may not do is: a) have a box in the employment application asking about arrests, convictions or use of marijuana; b) random drug testing as to current employees unless there is a ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Update–Who Gets Served?

When a mechanic's lien is filed or recorded with the clerk of the court in the county in which the property is located, or in some states, the recorder's office, it becomes a matter of public record. This means that title companies, buyers and sellers, realtors, and other persons have access to this information. They can receive it either by going to the archives of the clerk's office or retaining the services of an escrow or title company. But how ...
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