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Employer Law Blog
August 21, 2018

Illinois Governor Signs New Severance Law, Limiting Public Employee Severance Options

The Government Severance Pay Act (P.A. 100-895) has implications of severely limiting the ability of public employers to negotiate severance packages and reduce litigation risks. The new law, which was signed on August 14, 2018, by the Governor and which is effective January 1, 2019, requires that any covered unit of government that enters into or renews a contract or employment agreement must include the provisions in the contract which restrict severance pay to no more than 20 weeks of compensation and restrict the availability of severance payment at all if the employee is terminated for “misconduct.” 

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Employer Law Blog
January 10, 2017

New Illinois Labor and Employment Laws Effective January 1, 2017

A slew of new laws went into effect on January 1 in Illinois. Below are key labor and employment laws: SB3163 creates the Illinois Freedom to Work Act providing that no employer may enter into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee. Low-wage employee is defined as a wage earner making the greater of the applicable minimum wage or $13.00 per hour. HB3554 directs the Illinois Department of Labor to search for employees who have been harmed by unpaid wages so they may recover what they are owed.

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Employer Law Blog
March 24, 2016

Illinois Blood Donation Leave

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Illinois employers to keep up with the numerous Illinois leave laws. Here is one you may not know about – The Illinois’ Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. There is no corresponding federal law.

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Employer Law Blog
January 18, 2015

Minimum Wage Increases Sweeping The Country In 2015

While the federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.55 per hour, both “red” and “blue” states continue to increase the required minimum wage rate under state law above the federal minimum wage rate on an increasing basis. As we previously reported, the minimum wage for Missouri employers increased on January 1, 2015 to $7.65 per hour. While there were efforts by the Illinois legislation to increase the state minimum wage rate to over $10.00 per hour in 2015, it was unable to pass both houses.

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Employer Law Blog
January 7, 2015

Increasing Efforts to Protect Transgender Workers

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits covered employers from making employment decisions based on an individual’s sex/gender. This year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and President Obama continued the ongoing efforts to expand employment protection to transgender workers.

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