Is your small business unknowingly now breaking the law? In Illinois as of July 1st, there are multiple regulations and laws that apply to small businesses that previously only applied to businesses with at least 15 employees. These laws are now applicable to any business with more than one employee because of amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act through the enactment of the Workplace Transparency Act. For instance, all workplaces must now display information about Wage Payment and Collection Act, Child Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, and Equal Pay Act, just to name a few. In addition, effective July 1st, all employers are required to disclose annually any judgment or ruling against the employer involving harassment or discrimination, and to train employees yearly on sexual harassment in the workplace. Furthermore, on July 1st the minimum wage increased to $10 per hour and will continue to increase yearly until reaching $15 an hour on January 1st, 2025. All businesses, but especially smaller ones, should review the new laws to ensure compliance is taking place and no laws are being inadvertently broken.
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