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Illinois Employers Beware! Don’t Take Your Employee’s Tips! It is Illegal Under Illinois Law

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. / February 25, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended regarding employee tips/gratuities. The provisions of the law states as follows: Gratuities to the employees Property of the employees – not the employer. Gratuities must be paid to the employee not more than 13 days after the pay period; otherwise it…

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Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance

By Walter J. Liszka / August 28, 2019

After a two and one-half year span of time covering two (2) administrations and pitting business interests against those of labor, the City of Chicago on July 24, 2019 passed the Fair Workweek Ordinance. This legislation will require companies in the covered industries to give all of their covered workers ten (10) calendar days of…

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Summer Interns Still an Option?

By Walter J. Liszka / May 30, 2019

As we approach the summer months with temperatures rising and days getting longer, the issue of summer interns gains more interest for both employers and the interns alike. For the interns, they gain experience, training and exposure to the employment industries and real work life. For employers, they gain new help, new ideas and hopefully…

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DOL Rolls Out Proposed Overtime Revisions

By Alan E. Seneczko / March 8, 2019

In May 2016, the Department of Labor issued its controversial revisions to the white collar exemptions of the overtime regulations, more than doubling the minimum salary required for exemption; going from $455/wk. ($23,680/yr.) to $913/wk. ($47,476/yr.). A court in Texas subsequently found the rule invalid, and employers have been awaiting the Trump administration’s position on…

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Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Minimum Wage

By Walter J. Liszka / February 20, 2019

Certainly the beginning of the Legislative Session in the State of Illinois during calendar 2019 is attempting to move quickly on the campaign promises of J.B. Pritzker. As everyone will recall, the recently elected Governor’s campaign pledge to increase the state’s minimum wage has been fast-tracked with the passing, by the Illinois Senate of the…

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Breaking News: Minimum Wage in Illinois set to Increase to $15 by 2025

By Richard H. Wessels / February 15, 2019

Last week we reported that a new Illinois Minimum Wage law is all but certain to pass before the end of February. A $15 per hour minimum wage bill was introduced and had the support of newly elected governor J.B. Pritzker. The Illinois General Assembly has now passed the bill. Governor Pritzker is expected to…

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Patchwork of Illinois Minimum Wage Laws

By Richard H. Wessels / February 6, 2019

Media outlets are reporting that a new Illinois Minimum Wage law is all but certain to pass before the end of February. A $15 per hour minimum wage bill has been introduced and has the support of newly elected governor J.B. Pritzker. Minimum wage laws can be monumentally confusing. The usual principle is supremacy of…

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Illinois Equal Pay Act

By Walter J. Liszka / December 14, 2018

The Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois Senate recently voted to override outgoing Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of proposed changes to the Illinois Equal Pay Act. This means that Employers in the State of Illinois, effective January 1, 2019, will be required to comply with a new set of Pay Equity obligations. The original…

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DOL Issues Six New Opinion Letters

By Alan E. Seneczko / August 30, 2018

On August 28, 2018, the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued six new opinion letters on issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act. They are summarized below: “No-fault” attendance policies and roll-off of attendance points under the FMLA – attendance policy that “freezes” attendance points accrued prior to…

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Recent Court Ruling On Equal Pay Suggests That Salary History Questions May Be Off Limits In Job Interviews

By James B. Sherman / April 13, 2018

Asking job applicants how much they make with their current employer, or what they’ve been paid in prior positions, are common questions in job interviews for many hiring employers. While questions on salary history generally are not per se unlawful – yet – they can land an employer in hot water. The legal theory against…

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