Illinois Businesses Required to Offer Retirement Plans

Outgoing Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, who lost his reelection bid in November, in his last days in office signed a bill into law requiring all Illinois businesses with 25 employees or more to offer individual retirement savings options to their employees by June 1, 2017.  Under the law, businesses will have an option of using…

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New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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State Minimum Wages on the Ballot

Ballot measures mandating increases in the state minimum wage were approved in each of the four states where it was presented to the voters.  Alaska voters approved a new minimum wage of $9.75 by January, 2016.  Thereafter, the state wage will be adjusted based on inflation or be set $1 higher than the statutory federal…

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Illinois Bans the Box on Job Applications

Seemingly following suit with a handful of other state around the country, Illinois legislature recently passed and Governor Quinn signed into law legislation that “bans the box” on job application questionnaires.  “Ban the box” legislation restricts the ability of potential employers to ask applicants about any criminal record they may have until such time as…

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Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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