Illinois employers reminded of new rules on notifying workers about pay rates

A mandate put in place in August by the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act requires employers in the state to provide their new workers with written notice of their rate of pay upon being hired, Nancy Joerg, an attorney and managing shareholder of Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. in St. Charles who specializes in representation of employers, said in her recent blog. 

Written notice also is now required if an employer changes an employee's rate of pay. A change in rate of pay cannot me made until the employee has received written notice. Employers are not permitted to retroactively adversely change an employee's rate of pay.

Joerg suggested employers ask employees to sign and date any written notices about their pay rates or pay rate changes, and to keep those notices in the employee's personnel file.

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