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

Employee Reimbursement Law Goes into Effect Jan. 1

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An amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Fact (IWPCA) that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, will require employers to reimburse employees for expenses or losses directly related to the services the employee performs. Employers need to create … 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

New FCRA Forms Must Be Used

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued an interim final rule updating two model disclosures to reflect changes made to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by recent legislation. Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, employers and background check agencies must … Read More

Bipartisan Deal Announced for Cost-Sharing Payments to Obamacare Insurers

Senators Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D.-Wash.) today announced they have reached agreement on a bipartisan bill that will fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers serving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) marketplaces for two years.   CSRs are allowed … Read More

OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous … Read More