New Wage And Hour Laws Keep HR’s Compliance ‘To Do’ List Growing

Recently, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published its final overtime rule, which changed exemption levels for white collar employees. You can find it in full on the DOL’s website. The final rule became effective January 1, 2020, which gave employers very little time to review and adjust the pay of their exempt workforce to comply with the law. For those who may still be catching up, here’s what you need to know...

Why You Need a Lawyer to Help Collect Unpaid Wages

An employment lawyer can help with unpaid wage claims, often with better and faster results than by filing a claim with the IDOL or USDOL on your own. Some of the benefits to workers include: reduced waiting times, increased recovery of unpaid wages and the support of an advocate who knows if there are other violations by the employer and can help protect a worker from retaliation by the employer. For employers, hiring an attorney to help the company comply with wage laws can prevent negative PR and improve the bottom line.

EEOC Announces Plan To Suspend Pay Data Collection Rules

In a not-entirely surprising September 12, 2019 notice in the Federal Register, the EEOC announced that it plans on not renewing an Obama-era rule requiring employers to provide pay data as part of their annual employer information (EEO-1) report until after it assesses whether the two years’ worth of pay data a federal court ordered it to obtain under the rule is useful to its efforts to address gender pay gap.

New Illinois Donor Leave Law Sends A Message To Private Sector

With so many new major Illinois employment laws already enacted this year, even the most well-informed HR professionals would be forgiven if they felt unable to predict and plan for the next wave of workplace legislation likely to come down the pike before year’s end. Fortunately, Springfield lawmakers signaled their intentions on August 2, 2019 when Governor Pritzker signed into law the Illinois Donor Protection Act (IDPA).

Autumn Deadlines Loom Under New Illinois Equal Pay Law

On July 31, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law HB834, amending the Illinois Equal Pay Act in ways that will fundamentally alter hiring practices across the Land of Lincoln. By doing so, Illinois became one of at least 13 states that now restrict employers’ ability to use pay history in hiring and compensation decisions, as part of the effort to chip away at the persistent national gender pay gap.