Minimum Wage to Rise to $15 an Hour by 2025

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he is “proud” to sign a bill passed by the state’s Democrat-controlled House Feb. 14 gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2025. The Chicago Tribune said the measure would give the … Read More

Illinois Employee Business Expense Law in Effect

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The state’s newly amended Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) now requires employers to reimburse employees for all reasonable “necessary expenses” that are “directly related to services performed [for] the employer. A couple of conditions pertain, however. First, the employer … Read More

State Passes Wage Disparity Act for Blacks

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Late in November, Illinois legislators passed H.B. 4743, amending the state’s Equal Pay Act to prohibit employers from paying black workers less than non-black workers. Though wage disparity based on race was already covered by the Illinois Human Rights Act … Read More

EBSA Proposes Auto-Transfer of Retirement Accounts

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is seeking public commentary on a proposal to allow for the automatic transfer of 401(k) funds into an IRA or into another company’s 401(k) when a worker loses or changes jobs. Frequently, employees leaving … Read More

Governor Vetoes Ban on Salary History Inquiries

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed H.B. 2462, which would have banned employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history, though state legislators remain hopeful they can vote to overturn the veto during the upcoming November session. Several states and … Read More