House Bill 8, signed into law this (last) week, becomes effective January 1, 2015. It provides new protections in the workplace for pregnant women and new mothers. This law requires specific reasonable accommodations for pregnant women including restrictions on heavy lifting, manual labor, access to places to sit, additional time to recover from pregnancies, a private space […]

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Understanding The Basics Of Tipping

Employees working in the service industry often find themselves earning more money in tips, than they do in wages. However, many of these men and women are not fully aware of their legal rights when it comes to their tips. By making themselves knowledgeable and aware of the basics in regards to tips, tip credits, and […]

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FLSA Overtime Exemption is Changing for Domestic Service Workers

Effective January 1, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime exemption for Domestic Service Workers is changing. The Department of Labor has issued a fact sheet which highlights the changes. Once these new changes go into effect, many Domestic Service Workers who were not previously entitled to be paid overtime will be eligible for overtime at a rate of […]

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Understanding What Employees Are Exempt From The Federal Overtime Law

Most employers are required to pay their employees overtime, according to federal and state laws, however, these laws often times contain exceptions. With these exceptions, some employees are not qualified to receive overtime pay and are considered “exempt” employees. Businesses that have more than $500,000 in sales each year or is considered an “interstate commerce” (a […]

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Illinois Retiree’s Pension Rights

Maduff has been hard at work fighting to preserve Illinois Retiree’s Pension Rights.  Last year, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a law – Senate Bill 1313 – requiring that deductions be made from the monthly pension payments of retired public employees.  The State started last year by deducting 2% of the monthly payment (1% for those on […]

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