OF EMPLOYMENT LAW
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY OVERTIME TO SALARIED EMPLOYEES.
Only salaried, executive, administrative or professional
employees who exercise substantial independent judgment or supervise
others are generally "exempt employees" under the Wage and
Hour Law (commissioned employees are also exempt).
YOU HAVE TO GIVE A TERMINATED EMPLOYEE TWO WEEKS'
NOTICE OR TWO WEEKS SEVERANCE PAY.
Severance pay is required only if it is provided by the
severance pay policy or practice.
NO REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYERS WITH FEWER THAN 20 EMPLOYEES TO PROVIDE
"COBRA" TYPE GROUP HEALTH CONTINUATION COVERAGE TO
In Illinois, employee paid continuation coverage is required
under all group health plans for eligible employees (those covered
for three months prior to termination of employment), and such
coverage can be required for up to ten years in the case of a
55-year-old divorced or widowed spouse.
EMPLOYERS CAN TERMINATE EMPLOYEES ONLY IF THEIR PERFORMANCE
IS UNSATISFACTORY OR FOR OTHER GOOD CAUSE.
Illinois is an "at-will" employment state which
recognizes that employees can be terminated at any time for any
reason unless there is a contrary agreement with the employer or the
employee is being subjected to prohibited discrimination on the
basis of age, sex, race, religion or in retaliation for protected
conduct (union organization, "whistle-blowing," etc.).
AN EMPLOYER SHOULD NEVER ASK AN EMPLOYEE TO SIGN A RELEASE
UPON TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
Employers should always consider requesting a terminating
employee to sign a release and should consider paying extra
severance or other amounts to make the release binding on the
Releases that cover age discrimination claims must meet
specific requirements as to waiting period, revocation period and
language advising employee to seek legal counsel.)
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