- Illinois Chamber of Commerce - http://ilchamber.org -

Human Resources Audit Program

[1] Jeffrey A Risch, SmithAmundsen LLC
150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60601
630.569.0079 [2]


Despite unsettling economic conditions, Federal, State and Local Governments have increased enforcement efforts, putting greater pressure on Illinois businesses to comply with the tangled web of laws affecting the workplace.  For instance, the EEOC is more
active than ever, receiving and investigating the largest number of charges in its history.   Additionally, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, at the express direction of the current White House, has undertaken increased enforcement and is more frequently auditing companies with federal government contracts to ensure compliance with the federal government’s affirmative action initiatives.  Similarly, the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are keeping an increasingly watchful eye on employers.

The Federal Government is not the only entity closely watching employers.  Enterprising plaintiffs attorneys are following on the coattails of Government enforcement and are aggressively pursuing employment lawsuits.  Particularly, over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in class action lawsuits filed pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as State wage and hour laws.  The prospect of litigation is not only costly and time consuming, but also disruptive to business operations.

Preventative measures are key.  Spending a nominal amount of time and money up front ensuring that your Company has identified proper policies and practices can prevent significant government intrusion and expenditure of an exponentially greater amount of time and money down the road.  Ensuring policies and practices are in place is paramount to prevention of employment issues.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its partnership with the management-side labor and employment law group at SmithAmundsen LLC to assist Illinois companies navigate the uncertain waters of government intrusion into your business and to help mitigate potential litigation risk.  SmithAmundsen LLC has developed a Human Resources Audit task force, available exclusively to Illinois Chamber of Commerce members.   The HR audit task force will work directly with Chamber of Commerce members to identify the plethora of personnel labor and employment issues common and unique to the business community, along with providing management with updated policies and practices, at a low fixed cost of just $600.00.  This program provides your Company the opportunity to spend a nominal amount of money in an effort to potentially insulate your company from exponentially higher costs, should the government audit or a lawsuit is filed.

The HR Audit allows access to the advice and counsel of Jeffrey Risch, Chair of SmithAmundsen’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Chair of the Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law & Litigation Committee.  With 19 years of experience, Attorney Risch recognizes the increasingly difficult task of managing employees and is committed to helping employers successfully navigate the all too often rough waters of labor and employment laws.

To take advantage of this offer, please call Rachael Krekel at 217-522-5512 ext 227 or rkrekel@ilchamber.org [3]