Stay Compliant with HR Changes and Updates 

By Sally Weldin, Sr. Human Resource Specialist
Published June 12, 2018

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Staying on top of the law requires constant vigilance. Here are some changes impacting employers effective this summer or by year end. 

Minimum Wage Increases
This July, the City of Chicago and many Cook County employers will again undergo minimum wage increases.  As of July 1, 2018, the minimum wage for City of Chicago employers increases to $12.00 per hour.  There are some exceptions based on employee age and employer size. The City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Notice must be posted at covered facilities.  Fines for violation are $500 - $1,000 per offense. 

The minimum wage will also increase for Cook County employers in municipalities that did not opt out of the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance.  As of July 1, 2018, the minimum wage for Cook County employers subject to the Ordinance increases to $11.00 per hour. The Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance Notice must be posted at covered facilities.  Again, fines run $500 - $1,000 per offense. 

Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Forms
Employers who are covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) must begin using updated FMLA model forms.  For FMLA designation and certification after May 31, 2018, employers should begin using the updated FMLA forms with a June 30, 2018 expiration date. These model forms can be accessed by members under the Forms and Sample Documents section of our website and include:

  • Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities
  • All five Certification Forms 
  • Designation Notice

Why such a short effective date? The new forms are awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget. Once approved, they will carry a longer effective period.

Electronic submission of OSHA Illness and Injury reports
This summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) intends to issue a proposed rule addressing the electronic filing of Forms 300 and 301 by employers.  There are some concerns surrounding the protection of employee personal information on the forms. We’ll post an update when the proposed rule is published. 

Members can stay current on OSHA updates at our Safety Roundtables. The next Safety Roundtable is August 2nd in Downers Grove  We’ll also be hosting a safety and recordkeeping briefing for public employers later this year. Stay tuned for an upcoming date.  

For questions on any of these updates or other employment topics, Management Association members can contact the HR Hotline at 800-448-4584 or


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