The Summer in Review

By Sally Weldin, Sr. Human Resource Specialist
Published September 12, 2017

Been a busy summer at work? Trying to keep up with new regulations? Here’s a recap for both the state of Illinois and at the federal level.

Most of the local Illinois employment news this summer centered around paid sick leave benefits and minimum wage increases in Chicago and Cook County. 

  • Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance – Effective July 1, 2017: This ordinance requires most employers in the city to provide 40 hours of paid sick leave per year for employees.  
  • Chicago Minimum Wage Increase - Effective July 1, 2017: The third minimum wage increase in three years brings Chicago’s minimum wage to $11.00 an hour.
  • Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance - Effective July 1, 2017: This ordinance requires most employers in Cook County to provide 40 hours of paid sick leave for employees per year. Many Cook County municipalities opted out of this ordinance. Check your municipality for compliance status.
  • Cook County Minimum Wage Increase - Effective July 1, 2017: Cook County’s first minimum wage increase brings the minimum wage up to $10.00 an hour from the state’s minimum wage of $8.25.  Many Cook County municipalities opted out of the increase. Check your municipality for compliance status.
  • One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA) permit application online: The Illinois Department of Labor made it easier for employers to request a permit for employees working seven days in a row by posting the form online on its website. Employees must work voluntarily on the seventh day.

Updates to federal regulations include:

  • OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule delayed again: Multiple delays to OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule have moved the effective date to December 1. The U.S. Department of Labor intends to review the rule which would require employers to post their employee injury and illness data online. 
  • FLSA Overtime Rule: Last November, a federal Texas court halted a new overtime rule which would have increased the salary amount in all exemption tests from going into effect in December 2016. The court has now ruled against the regulation.  
  • EEO- Report: The EEO-1 Report’s new compensation reporting format was formally suspended before Labor Day. This report would have been completed using company W-2 data from 2017 and reported in March of 2018. Regardless of this stay, the Vets-4212 Report, completed by federal contractors and subcontractors, is still due by September 30, 2017.
  • I-9: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated the I-9 form again this year, mandating use of the revised version by September 18, 2017. Employers can find the new I-9 form here.
  • E-Verify: Users of this government work authorization and eligibility database tool must replace their old participation poster with a new one. Users can find it by logging into their E-Verify account.
  • Opinion letters: After a lengthy hiatus, The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) indicated that it will start issuing opinion letters again. These letters are an administrative interpretation of regulation by the USDOL. 
  • ADEA: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act turned 50 this year. Its protections will soon be reviewed by the EEOC.

Learn more about new, changing and pending regulation at our 2017 Employment Law Conference on September 28 at the NIU Naperville Campus.

Questions on any of the information above? Association members should contact us through the HR Hotline at 800-448-4584 or hotline@hrsource.org.

 

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