On March 20, 2020, Illinois joined California, New York, and Pennsylvania in issuing a sweeping closure order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8), directing “all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois . . . to stay at home” except as necessary for “Essential Activities, Essential Government Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations.”
On February 14, 2019, the Illinois legislature passed Senate Bill 0001 (SB0001), which amends the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Income Tax Act.
As we prepare to welcome 2019, Illinois employers must also prepare for new employment laws that afford greater rights and protections to employees.
On August 26, 2018, Illinois amended the Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) to include the requirement that employers reimburse employees for all expenses within the scope of their employment that are “directly related to services performed for [their] employer[s].”
On Friday, June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that he would take no action with respect to HB 1194, which had been passed by the Missouri General Assembly and delivered to him in May.
In the waning hours of Missouri’s 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1194, which prohibits Missouri cities from establishing minimum wage rates higher than the state’s minimum wage—which is currently $7.70 per hour.
On May 4, 2017, the circuit court lifted the 2015 injunction on St. Louis’s minimum wage ordinance pursuant to the Supreme Court of Missouri’s mandate in Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401). As a result, all covered employers must immediately comply with the requirements of the ordinance, which include paying a minimum wage of $10.00 per hour to all employees working at least 20 hours per year within the geographic limits of the city of St. Louis.
On April 25, 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued its mandate in Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401), paving the way for St. Louis City’s minimum wage ordinance to take effect, which will increase the minimum wage covered employers must pay covered employees from $7.70 to $10.00 per hour.
In our recent blog post, “The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead,” we reviewed the implications of the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401) decision, which overturned a 2015 injunction that had enjoined St. Louis’s minimum wage ordinance. Late last Friday, the City of St. Louis issued a press release regarding the implementation of the ordinance increasing the city’s minimum wage rate.
On August 28, 2015, the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour by January 1, 2018. The ordinance initially increased the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour with an October 15, 2015 effective date and phased in the remaining increases over a three-year period.
In the past few months, a number of state and local developments have emerged that are likely to resonate across the country. The following is a tour of some of the most recent and significant state-specific legislation, legal rulings, and other developments occurring around the United States.
Hours before a St. Louis ordinance increasing the city’s minimum wage was set to take effect, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer struck down the ordinance. The ordinance, which was passed on August 28, with an effective date of October 15, would have increased the city’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and created other obligations for St. Louis City employers. The new minimum wage rate was scheduled to increase each January 1, eventually reaching $11.00 per hour in 2018.