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Schaumburg Employment Law LawyerOn August 13, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (820 ILCS § 90), which imposes restrictions on the use of non-competition and non-solicitation (employee and customer) restrictive covenants for Illinois employees. The law takes effect on January 1, 2022, and only applies to restrictive covenants entered into after January 1, 2022.

Below are some of the key provisions of the law:

  • The law prohibits employers from entering into non-competition agreements with employees who earn $75,000 per year or less and also prohibits employers from entering into non-solicit agreements with em­ployees who earn $45,000 per year or less.
  • For non-compete agreements, the salary threshold amounts will increase every five years by $5,000 until January 1, 2037, when the amount will equal 590,000. For non-solicit agreements, the salary threshold amounts will increase every five years by $2,500 until January 1, 2037, when the amount will equal $52,500.
  • Employers will now be required to advise employees to consult with an attorney before entering into a non-compete or non-solicit agreement and must also provide employees at least 14 days to review the agreement and decide whether to sign. Employees have the option of signing the agreement before the 14-day period has ended.
  • Employers are prohibited from entering into restrictive covenants with employees who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic or under circumstances that are similar to the COVID-19 pandemic unless enforcement of the covenant not to compete includes compensation equivalent to the employee's base salary at the time of termination for the period of enforcement minus compensation earned through subsequent employment during the period of enforcement.
  • If an employee prevails on a claim filed by an employer seeking to enforce a covenant not to compete or a covenant not to solicit, the employee can recover all costs and reasonable attorney’s fees from the employer regarding such claim. A court or arbitrator may also award appropriate relief.

Illinois employers should revisit their restrictive covenant agreements in light of these changes.

Overtime Pay LawyerThe Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law put in place in 1939 to protect the rights and well-being of American workers. While the act has changed since its inception 80 years ago, it still retains many of its original goals, such as the minimum wage, overtime pay requirements, record keeping, and child labor standards. The FLSA is an important part of the American workforce and protects the rights of most workers.

Are Employers Required to Pay Overtime?

According to the FLSA, if an employer permits or requires an employee to work overtime, that employer must pay the employee for those overtime hours. Overtime is defined as any hours worked after 40 hours in a single workweek. The FLSA also requires overtime pay be no less than the employee’s usual rate plus half.

For example, a retail worker normally makes $12 per hour. This week, they worked a total of 48 hours, meaning they have eight hours of overtime they must be compensated for. Their overtime rate would be $12 + $6, for a grand total of $18 for every hour worked over 40 hours in a week. This means the worker should receive a paycheck of $720, $576 for the first 40 hours worked, and $144 for the eight hours of overtime.

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business law attorneys, employment attorneys Illinois, law firms, business records lawyer, Illinois lawyersEveryone who owns a business, no matter how small or large, must diligently maintain their paperwork. It is important to keep track of items for tax purposes and much more. Decent record keeping can help you monitor the success of your business, keep track of your expenses and assets, and prepare financial statements.

While well-kept records can ensure your business remains healthy, bad record keeping can get you into trouble. Here are four ways you can make things easier for yourself and keep your records in good order:

1. Have a Good Accounting System in Place

Keeping good tax records is much easier when you implement a quality accounting system. If you want accurate tax records, you need proper accounting, and that all starts with the way your records are completed and organized. There is a plethora of accounting software out there that can make the process simple, but it may be a good idea to have an experienced accountant on the job instead.

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insurance, Schaumburg employment law attorneysPotential hazards and health risks are everywhere, even in industries that are seemingly safe. As a small business owner, you must protect your employees from dangers and unsafe environments. If an employee is injured, there are multiple insurance options available to them recover. Many new business owners have questions about which coverages are mandated by Illinois employment law.

Health Insurance Coverage

Employers pay hefty costs to offer health insurance, but is it necessary? Deductibles and premiums are higher than workers’ compensation insurance, but health insurance does cover a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, including those that did not occur at work.

Health insurance benefits are not required but can be an added perk to your employees. If you have a small business of fewer than ten employees, discuss the options with your employees. Some people would instead choose their own insurance rather than have the “cookie cutter” plan offered by group benefits, and they may be able to find a better price than is being provided by the group policy.

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overtime, Schaumburg employment law attorneyIn last month’s post on this blog, we talked in detail about new guidelines from the Department of Labor that addressed overtime pay for millions of American workers. The new rules were slated to go into effect on December 1 of this year and were being touted by many as one of President Obama’s biggest accomplishments in his second term. While the intent of the updated guideline was to make more employees eligible to receive overtime pay, a Texas judge has issued an injunction to prevent the rules from going into effect without further scrutiny.

Exempt and Non-Exempt Workers

Under current labor guidelines, there are three factors that determine whether a worker may be listed as exempt from overtime laws, meaning that an employer does not have to pay that person time and a half for every hour over 40 per week. The worker must:

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