Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced the state’s minimum wage increase going into effect on January 1, 2021. Starting next month, the minimum wage rate increases from $10.00 per hour to $11.00 per hour. The change comes as a result of legislation passed in 2019 incrementally increasing the minimum wage rate Read more

2019 Chicago Minimum Wage Notice and Cook County Minimum Wage Notice Now Available

The minimum wage rate for most workers in the state of Illinois won’t change until 2020, but employers in some municipalities will see an increase a little sooner than that. Effective July 1, 2019, employers in the City of Chicago must post the updated 2019 Chicago Minimum Wage notice to inform workers in the city Read more

Illinois Minimum Wage to Reach $15

After nearly a decade of hovering just above the federal minimum wage, Illinois has joined California, New York, Massachusetts, and (most recently) New Jersey in scheduling a $15 minimum wage. The new law creates a series of smaller wage hikes starting in 2020, with the final $15 rate taking effect in 2025. SB 1, or Read more

Illinois Job Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Peel ‘N Post™ Illinois All-On-One Labor Law Poster™     What’s new? The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has produced a new notice titled “You Have the Right To Be Free From Job Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.”  This notice replaces the previous IDHR notice titled “Employment Rights.” Simply place Read more

New Illinois Human Rights Poster Highlights Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has supplied employers with a new mandatory workplace notice, the Illinois Sexual Harassment and Discrimination poster. Although the notice has an all-new name, appearance, and text, it’s not really new – it simply replaces the previous IDHR “Employment Rights” notice describing the rights of employees under the Illinois Read more

Last month, Illinois amended its Human Rights Act (IHRA) (775 ILCS 5/) to clarify the protection of employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs in the workplace. Individuals were already protected from discrimination based on religion but the amended statute, known as the “Religious Garb Law” (SB 1697), makes certain protections more explicit. The new law prohibits Read more

Although the Illinois state legislature is presently considering a statewide sick leave bill, currently there is no Illinois state law requiring private employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid. Today, more than 40% of private sector workers in Illinois cannot earn paid sick time. Of those workers who receive paid health care time, Read more

Recently, Illinois became the second state – after Oregon – to officially mandate that employers provide their employees time off to grieve the loss of a family member. The Illinois Child Bereavement Leave Act (CBLA) took effect immediate effect upon Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature on July 29, 2016. The law permits employees who have suffered the Read more

Illinois jobseekers who file new claims for unemployment insurance benefits need to get a jump start on the job hunt. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently announced that it is enhancing its enforcement of the requirement that unemployment insurance claimants register for employment services. Beginning July 17, 2016, new claimants will be required Read more