Nobody ever said running a business was a walk in the park. As an employer, you have a lot of balls in the air, and compliance is just one of them. One really, really important one that, if dropped, could cost you a whole lot of money.
In addition to federal regulations, each state has their own share of employment related laws that business owners need to be aware of. Here, we’re highlighting some of these key state-specific requirements and laws, and offering guidance to help you keep up.
Bear in mind, this list is not comprehensive, and there may be local or industry-specific employment requirements that your business needs to comply with. It’s best to consult with counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, as Justworks does not provide legal advice.
Payroll Tax Accounts
Because Justworks reports state unemployment taxes on your behalf, you’ll need to provide us with some key pieces of information prior to joining our platform. Here are the steps to do that.
Illinois has minimum wage requirements in excess of the federal minimum wage. Employers can find the most up-to-date state minimum wage requirements on the Illinois Department of Labor website.
The Illinois Equal Pay Act prohibits employers with four (4) or more employees from paying unequal wages to male and female employees for doing "the same or substantially similar work."
Furthermore, the One Day Rest in Seven Act guarantees Illinois employees a minimum of twenty four (24) hours of rest in each calendar week.
Paid Sick Leave
Under the City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, covered employers must provide sick leave for their employees and are required to display a notice that details employee rights under the law.
In Illinois, the final paycheck for terminating employees should be issued no later than the next regularly scheduled payday.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.