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It’s Complicated/It’s Expensive: New City of Chicago Paid Leave and Sick Leave Ordinance

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / December 1, 2023

On November 9, 2023, the City of Chicago enacted the new Paid Leave and Sick Leave Ordinance to take effect on December 31, 2023. What Employers are covered under the new law? Any employer with at least one employee, except employers under a collective  bargaining agreement on or before January 1, 2024. However, this exception…

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Minnesota Employers Must Post Notices Of New Sick And Safe Time Law, By January 1, 2024

By James B. Sherman / December 1, 2023

Minnesota’s new “Sick and Safe Time” law goes into effect as of January 1, 2024.  In general, the law requires employers to accrue a minimum of 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked by eligible employees (those who work at least 80 hours in a year), up to a maximum of 48…

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Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act to Take Effect January 1, 2024

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / October 31, 2023

On March 13, 2023, the Paid Leave for All Workers Act was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to take effect on January 1, 2024. What employers are covered under the new law?  Private and public employers with at least one employee. Also includes State of Illinois, local governments, and political subdivision employers. What employers are…

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What Illinois Employers Should Know About Vacation Pay: Frequently Asked Questions

By Nancy E. Joerg / September 10, 2018

There is a lot of confusion among employers about what is legally required in Illinois regarding vacation pay for company employees. The following are some commonly asked questions: 1. Does an Illinois employer have a legal obligation to offer its employees paid vacation? Answer: No, unless there is in place a Company policy or individual…

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Why a Handbook? The Necessity of Having an Employee Handbook

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / August 28, 2018

An employee handbook provides communication between employer and employee. It sets forth the requirements for employees and notifies them what they can expect from your Company as to legal obligations along with employee rights. Also, a written Equal Employment Opportunity statement gives protection to employers. What should an employer consider in an employee handbook? Keep…

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Paid Sick Leave For Employees is Now the Law of the City of Chicago and Cook County: Is Your Company in Compliance?

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / July 26, 2017

To the concern of many employers, on July 1, 2017 two new ordinances went into effect in the City of Chicago and Cook County. Employers are upset to learn that they are now required to give employees paid sick days. These ordinances can be confusing; below is a synopsis of the requirements of these two…

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Final Warning to Implement Policy Changes for Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick Time / Safe Laws

By Wessels Sherman / June 22, 2017

On behalf of Wessels Sherman posted in Employee Benefits on Sunday, June 25, 2017. In 2016, both Minneapolis and St. Paul passed city ordinances requiring private employers to provide their employees with paid sick time / safe time. These ordinances, despite opposition in the courts and in the legislature, go into effect on July 1,…

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Federal Court Bars Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry From Pursuing Claims for Sick Leave Benefits Against AT&T on Behalf of Union Employees Who Were Not Sick

By James B. Sherman / February 28, 2017

Minnesota statutes section 181.9413 permits employees to use “personal sick leave benefits” provided by their employers, for absences due to their child’s illness or injury. In essence, then, state law “rewrites” employer sick leave benefits which, not surprisingly, typically require that the employee must be sick to use the benefit. The statute permits employees to…

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Legislative Update: Illinois Adopts Employee Sick Leave Act

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / October 17, 2016

Today, many employees face the dilemma of how to take time off from work to care for an ill family member and still be paid. Before this law, employees had to say they were sick (when they were not) in order to be off work to care for their family and still be paid. Or,…

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