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Employer and Labor Law Posting Requirements

Employment laws require employers to post state, federal and locally mandated posters where visible to employees that inform them of their employment law rights.

New Laws Impacting Illinois Employers in 2016 and Beyond

E. Jason Tremblay While Illinois appears to be in legislative gridlock on a wide variety of political and legislative fronts, it has become abundantly clear that such gridlock has not curtailed the passage of employment and labor-related legislation in Illinois. The following are highlights of seven new laws impacting Illinois employers in 2016 and beyond. […]

Early Holiday Present For Employers – Overtime Regulations Stayed

E. Jason Tremblay In a last minute blow to the Obama Administration’s labor and employment legacy, a federal district court in Texas granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction yesterday barring the Department of Labor from enforcing its revised overtime rules, scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. See decision here. The final regulations […]

New Form I-9 Goes Into Effect On January 21, 2017

E. Jason Tremblay A revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, which is required to be filled out for every new employee, was recently issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new version is here. Among other changes to the form, Section 1 now asks to provide “other last names used” and streamlines the […]

Cook County to Raise Minimum Wage

E. Jason Tremblay Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to gradually raise the minimum wage to $13/hour by July 2020. This increase comes more than a year after Chicago began implementing its own minimum wage increase within the City. The Cook County Ordinance provides that the first increase to $10/hour will take […]

Cook County Approves Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Kellie Y. Chen On October 5, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the Cook County Employer Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, to take effect on July 1, 2017. This Ordinance follows in the wake of the City of Chicago approving a similar paid […]

Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act and Its Impact on Employers

Kellie Y. Chen Employee Sick Leave Act On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Employee Sick Leave Act, Public Act 99-0841 (the Act), which goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The Act requires Illinois employers that currently provide sick leave for employees to allow employees to use their personal sick […]

Illinois Prohibits Non-Competition Agreements for Low-Wage Employees

E. Jason Tremblay Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the Act), which will prohibit private sector employers from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage employees. The Act defines low-wage employees as those who earn the greater of: (a) the Federal ($7.25 per hour), State ($8.25 per hour), or […]

5th Edition of Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers is Now Available

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner, E. Jason Tremblay, has published the 5th Edition of his book entitled “Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers – How to Protect Your Business From Liability and Comply with State and Federal Employment Laws.”  This 182-page book provides an excellent summary of federal and state employment and labor laws […]

New Illinois Law Provides For Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

Kellie Y. Chen On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed the Child Bereavement Leave Act (the “Act”), making Illinois one of only two states (Oregon being the first in 2014) to require covered employers to provide unpaid leave in the event of the death of an employee’s child.  The Act, effective immediately, requires employers with […]