There have been some changes to Federal regulations as well as Illinois regulations.  It is important to be aware of these new regulations as one or more may be applicable to you.

Federal Minimum Wage Poster – A Federal Minimum Wage poster is required to be displayed where employees can see it.  A copy of this poster can be found here

Child Bereavement Leave Act – This Act became effective on July 29, 2016.  This Act applies to Federal Family and Medical Leave Act eligible employers and employees.  To be FMLA eligible, the employer must have 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius and the employee requesting leave must have worked for the company for a minimum of 1 year and 1250 hours.  This Act allows for an eligible employee to take 10 unpaid work days for bereavement leave to: (1) attend the funeral of a child; (2) make arrangements necessitated by the death of a child; and (3) to grieve the death of the child.  More information can be found here.

Required Employee Retirement Savings Plan – The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act will come into effect January of 2017.  This Act will apply to all Illinois employers who have 25 or more employees.  If the employer does not offer a vehicle for retirement savings, the employer will be required, under this Act, to deduct 3% of the employees pay and send it to a state-run plan similar to a ROTH IRA.  Employees may opt out of this plan; however, the default is that they are automatically enrolled.

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