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Small businesses are now required to offer mandatory retirement plans to their employees. Here’s what’s new in Illinois right now: The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice Savings Act) requires certain Illinois employers to offer retirement benefits with a state-run payroll-deduction Roth IRA. Employers must comply if they meet all of the following […]
In this new series, we highlight legal changes that Illinois Employers must know now. With the inauguration of J.B. Pritzker on January 14, 2019, the Illinois legislature is gearing up to advance its workplace agenda. This legislative is likely to bring new employee rights, and new employer obligations, that could be costly to businesses that […]
It’s been an active month for sex harassment legislation in Illinois. Here are some of the top legislative activities to keep on your radar screen: On August 13, Governor Rauner signed into law a ban on members of the General Assembly from using tax payer dollars as “hush money” to keep silent someone who has […]
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not answer the question on everyone’s mind: can a person claim exemption from laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation based on that person’s religious beliefs? As a result, the decision will likely further mobilize advocates […]
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that workers can be barred from pursuing class action lawsuits against their employers if they’ve signed arbitration agreements limiting their right to pursue workplace claims on an individual basis only. Many employer advocates call the Epic Systems ruling a “strike three” pitch […]
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is piloting a new program under the Fair Labor Standards Act aimed ostensibly at resolving wage disputes without litigation. This new program, named P.A.I.D (Payroll Audit Independent Determination), will be in effect for a short time and then go under review. Under P.A.I.D., companies may self-report […]