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COVID-19: Emergency Financial Assistance for Illinois Small Businesses

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) has created three programs offering emergency financial assistance to small businesses. Under these programs, Illinois businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for low- interest loans and grants. The first program has an April 1st deadline, so…

Illinois Bans Salary History Inquiry in Amendments to State’s Equal Pay Act

Illinois is poised to join over a dozen states in banning employers from inquiring as to applicants’ salary history. A recently-signed set of amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (IEPA), which will become effective on September 29, 2019, will prohibit employers from inquiring about and considering an applicant’s salary history when…

An Employer’s Guide to the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act

In January 2015, Illinois became the first state to fully enact legislation requiring that private-sector employers offer their workers retirement benefits. Now as employer registration deadlines for mid-sized and small companies approach, local businesses are on notice to take appropriate action steps to ensure they comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act to avoid per-employee…

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