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News: Firm Reaches $725,000 Settlement on Behalf of 17 Car Wash Workers

Two lawsuits filed by car wash workers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois resulted in a total settlement of $725,000. Read More
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Can My Employer Pay Me with a Debit or Credit Card?

The short answer is: yes. In Illinois, an employer can pay employees with a debit or credit card, but only if the employer meets certain conditions. Read More
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Last Week's Election Results Usher in Higher Minimum Wage in 4 States

While Donald Trump was elected as 45th President of the United States, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington each passed their own ballot initiative to increase the states' minimum wage. Read More
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Chicago Minimum Wage Increased in July 2016

On July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the City of Chicago increased once again to $10.50. The increase is part of the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance's annual process of phasing-in increases Read More
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Department of Labor Lifts Salary Threshold, Overtime Rights Extended to Millions of Workers

The new regulation will guarantee overtime rights for those workers who earn less than $47,486 per year who were previously not eligible for overtime - an estimated 4.2 million employees. Read More
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FAQ: I Am a Tipped Employee. What Is My Overtime Rate?

In the hospitality and service industries (most notably, restaurants), many non-exempt employees are tipped employees. Often, these employees are paid using a tip credit. A tip credit allows the employer to pay an employee at a rate below the minim… Read More
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What Records Must Be Maintained for Tipped Employees?

Previously, we looked at the basic wage and hour records which must be kept by an employer and the consequences for an employer's failure to maintain those records. Today, we will look at the additional records which must be maintained for tipped e… Read More
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Recordkeeping Basics under the FLSA and Illinois Law (Part 2 of 2)

In the second part of recordkeeping basics, we will look at what effect an employer's failure to maintain records has on a case and who bears the consequences for the lack of records. Read More
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Recordkeeping Basics under the FLSA and Illinois Law (Part 1 of 2)

Both the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (“IMWL”) require employers, not employees, to keep records of the employee’s hours and pay. In fact, these laws require all covered employers to create and maintai… Read More
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City of Chicago Raises Minimum Wage to $10.00

On July 1, 2015, the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect and raised the city’s minimum wage to $10.00. Under the ordinance, employers who elect to take a tip credit must also pay their tipped employees at least $5.45 in direct wages exc… Read More
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