New Laws for Businesses in 2021

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, only three new laws take effect this year that affect Illinois businesses. The statewide minimum wage increased. The minimum wage in Chicago will increase this summer. Chicago has also extended some licensing and permitting deadlines. New Laws for Businesses in 2021 Normally a new year brings a bevy of new laws. Last [...]

2021-01-13T10:32:31-06:00January 13th, 2021|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

Can I Make My Employee Wear a Mask Under the ADA?

Face masks are required in Illinois. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities recognized by the ADA. Accommodations regarding masks vary by situation, but the ADA is not a blanket protection against wearing a mask. Can I Make My Employee Wear a Mask Under the ADA? Public health requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused [...]

2020-10-07T10:34:12-05:00October 7th, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

Anti-Retaliation Ordinance: Employee Accommodations for COVID-19

In the last bit of employment news last week, the BACP reminded employers of the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance. Enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ordinance protects workers from retaliation for obeying certain health orders related to COVID-19. What Health Orders are Covered Under Chicago's Anti-Retaliation Ordinance? The Anti-Retaliation Ordinance applies to several kinds of health orders: Stay at [...]

2020-07-07T13:12:37-05:00July 7th, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

New Scheduling Requirements for Employers

Earlier this week, on July 1st, 2020, Chicago enacted the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance. Coming at the same time as an increase in the minimum wage, the Ordinance supports and enforces workers’ rights to a fair and predictable schedule. The Ordinance requires certain employers to post schedules 10 days in advance and pay employees extra for sudden schedule changes, [...]

2020-07-02T10:52:54-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

Minimum Wage Increases Today

Today, July 1st 2020, Chicago’s minimum wage goes up. The increase marks the second stage of a plan to incrementally reach $15.00/hour by 2021. The BACP published full rules on their website; here are the essential details: What is the Minimum Wage in Chicago? The minimum wage used to be $13.00 across the board. The rules taking effect today [...]

2020-07-01T09:43:05-05:00July 1st, 2020|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|
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