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Arlington Heights Lawyers Assisting Clients with Understanding Pay Laws

Guidance for Understanding Pay Laws in Schaumburg, Cook County, and the Surrounding Areas

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Wage and hour laws in Illinois are governed by the Wage Payment and Collection Act (820 ILCS 115/1). This Act sets the guidelines for pay, hours, breaks, overtime, reporting requirements, and protections for workers. When businesses fail to comply with these guidelines, they expose themselves to serious legal consequences. For help understanding pay laws, it is important to consult with experienced business law attorneys.

For over 15 years, A. Traub & Associates has provided skilled business consulting and representation for established small to medium sized businesses throughout Chicagoland. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of wage and hour laws and all other legal matters pertaining to employees and independent contractors. We are honest, accessible, responsive and down to earth. We understand that each business is unique, and there is no one size fits all solution, and we take the time to learn your specific needs and develop a strategy that addresses those needs and accomplishes your goals.

Understanding Pay Laws in Illinois

Minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour. All employees in the state, with the exception of those employed by the state or the federal government, must be paid minimum wage. It is important to note that employees that are on salary or otherwise not paid by the hour must also receive the equivalent of minimum wage, or else the employer is in violation of the law. Wage and hour laws also cover several other areas, including:

  • Overtime Pay: Employees who work more than 40 hours in a specified work week are entitled to be paid time and a half.
  • Frequency of Pay: Employees must be paid no later than 13 days after the final day of a specified pay period.
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: Employers with four or more employees are prohibited from paying unequal wages to men and women for performing the same (or similar) work.
  • Bonuses/Commissions: Bonuses, commissions, and severance pay are governed by Section 300.5 of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
  • Vacation/Sick Pay: Employers are not required to offer paid vacation or paid sick time. However, if they choose to do so, employers must provide those benefits in accordance with the terms specified in the employee handbook or other written policy.
  • Deductions from Pay: Employers are allowed to make certain deductions from employee payments, such as taxes, health insurance, union dues, etc. Employees must be furnished with an itemized statement showing the type and amount of each deduction during a pay period.
  • Final Payments: When an employee quits or is terminated, all remaining pay, including vacation, commission, bonuses, etc. must be made no later than the next regularly scheduled payday.

Contact Our Experienced Employment Law Attorneys

If an employee believes they are owed compensation, they may file a claim with the Illinois Department of Labor. Fighting a claim can be a costly and protracted process. To prevent this from happening, it is essential to take the necessary steps to remain in compliance. For experienced guidance with understanding pay laws for your business, contact A. Traub & Associates today for a personalized consultation. If you are not able to reach us immediately, we will make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Call 847-749-4182 for our Arlington Heights office or 630-426-0196 for our Lombard office.

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