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Not all change is good or bad! But it’s coming! As friendly reminder, we as employers have a responsibility to protect the mission of each of our organizations. We also have to adhere to changes in our legislation.

We understand that there are things that need clarification, that’s why you have us!

In this newsletter:
* I-9 Form changes
Changes Effective July 1, 2017
* Minimum Wage increase
* New Paid Sick Leave Requirements



We’ve been hearing to “Make America Great Again” and the unrealistic promise to build “an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border” of the United States, but realistically people with diverse backgrounds will continue to come into this country and they will be hired as our employees!

With this as our reality, employers must continue to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verifying employment eligibility by properly and timely by completing an I-9 for each and every employee. I-9 Form Changes


All of Cook County, No longer just Chicago increases the minimum wage $11.00
Current Federal minimum wage $7.25
Illinois: $8.25
Chicago Wage Increase by 2019
$11.00 July 2017
$12.00 July 2018
$13.00 July 2019

Sick Leave Benefits

What is the Employee Sick Leave Act?

“The Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) (the “Act”) is a State law requiring employers to allow employees to use at least a portion of their sick leave time that is already available to them, under certain existing employer policies, to care for certain relatives.

The Act requires employers to allow employees to use such time “for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent, for reasonable periods of time as the employee’s attendance may be necessary, on the same terms upon which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee’s own illness or injury.”

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