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Cook County Sick Leave Poster and Draft Regulations Are Available

In anticipation of the upcoming effective date (July 1, 2017) of the Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance, the Cook Commission on Human Rights recently published the mandatory poster required to be posted by all employers covered by the Ordinance.

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 […]

USDOL Issues New FLSA and EPPA Posters

E. Jason Tremblay The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued slightly revised workplace posters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). The new EPPA poster includes updated information regarding civil penalties to employers for violating the Act. The new FLSA poster includes new information regarding worker classification […]

Paid Sick Leave is Coming to Chicago

E. Jason Tremblay On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the Ordinance). Provided the Ordinance is signed into law by Mayor Rahm Emanuel (which is expected), the Ordinance will take effect on July 1, 2017. As discussed more fully below, the Ordinance will allow […]