Illinois Updates Employees’ Rights

Equal Pay and Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage-Equal Pay

The Illinois Department of Labor (DOL)

has issued updates to the Your Rights Under Illinois
Employment Laws notice, which has a revision date of 12/19.



Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Illinois is $9.25 per hour. The DOL has now provided a chart on the Your Rights notice outlining minimum wage increases through 2025.

Employers should note that the next increase for the state will occur on July 1, 2020, when the minimum wage will be $10.00 per hour. Thereafter, increases of $1.00 will occur on January 1.

Illinois employers should also be aware that domestic workers are now covered under the law, even if an employer has just one worker.


An amendment to the Wage Payment and Collection Act states that employees must now be reimbursed for all necessary expenditures or losses they incur related to the work they perform for their employer. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by employees within 30 calendar days—unless the employer’s policy provides more time for submission.


Under the Equal Pay Act, employers and employment agencies are now prohibited from asking job applicants about their previous wage and compensation history. Failure to comply will result in severe penalties. Employers should remove questions about salary or wage history from their employment applications as well as their interview questions.

However, Illinois employees now have the right to disclose or discuss their own salary, benefits, and other compensation with their co-workers and colleagues.

The last change under the Act is that employers may not pay African American employees less than what non-African American employees are paid, as stated in the Equal Pay Act FAQ, “for substantially similar work that is performed for the same employer in the same county.”

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