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Illinois Senate Approves $15 Hourly Minimum Wage SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Senate approved a bill Wednesday night that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday, has to face its final hurdle: getting signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The Senate approved SB 81 by a 30-23 vote and the House passed it with a 61 to 53 vote. TheRead More
Cook County Nix Flurry as the End Nears “Come Alsip and Bridgeview and Burbank and Bellwood. Come Hillside and Justice and River Grove and Homewood. Come Orland Park and Palos Heights and Maywood. Welcome these Cook County municipalities to my nix list, those that have opted out of the county Earned Sick Leave Ordinance.  My list is now 45 municipalities long, which is approximately one-third of the municipalities within Cook County. “ Read more at https://pslatwork.com/2017/06/08/cook-county-nix-flurry-as-the-end-nears/Read More
The Case for a $15 Minimum Wage for Illinois   “The Illinois legislature is considering a measure that would gradually raise Illinois’ minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour up to $15 an hour by 2022. Analysis of the latest available data shows that, not just in the Chicago area but across the state, single workers without children will soon need $15 an hour or more just to cover the basics – and workersRead More
Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals Read more www.nwherald.com SPRINGFIELD – Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.Read More
A proposal to slowly raise Illinois' minimum wage to $15 an hour cleared a House committee Wednesday despite business concerns. The House Labor and Commerce Committee voted 17 to 6 to recommend HB 198, which would increase the state's hourly minimum wage from its current level of $8.25 to $15 by 2022. The first increase, to $9 an hour, would go into effect Jan. 1. Read more www.chicagotribune.com  Read More
8 Questions You Need To Ask To Turn Around Employee Turnover Change is inevitable, but it can be costly for your business. Employee turnover is an element of change that directly affects your bottom line. As such, it is important to identify the motives of departing workers and devise an effective retention strategy. Read more: www.eremedia.comRead More
Reasons for Employee Turnover | Create Retention Strategies www.insperity.com Employee turnover directly affects your bottom line. Learn from Insperity® experts how you can create an effective employee retention strategy.Read More
Definition: Manufacturing jobs are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as those that create new products either directly from raw materials or components. These jobs are usually in a factory, plant or mill but can also be in a home, as long as products, not services, are created. Read more from  The Balance: https://www.thebalance.com/manufacturing-jobs-examples-types-and-changes-3305941Read More
Cook County Expands Paid-Sick-Leave Law to Suburban Employers A new ordinance in Cook County, Ill., that will require most employers to provide paid sick leave comes on the heels of Chicago’s enactment of its own paid-sick … https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/cook-county-paid-sick-leave-law.aspx  Read More
NEW YORK — Small business owners are rushing to get their companies — in particular their employees — ready for an upcoming change in overtime rules. With federal regulations that are expected to affect the paychecks of 4.2 million workers going into effect Dec. 1, human resources consultants say they’re seeing a surge in calls from owners seeking help in complying. Many business owners have procrastinated, hoping Congress might put the regulations on hold orRead More