Illinois minimum wage laws require employers to pay at least $10 an hour, according to Illinois Department of Labor. The rate will increase over the next few years as follows:
January 1, 2021: $11.00
January 1, 2022: $12.00
January 1, 2023: $13.00
January 1, 2024: $14.00
Janary 1, 2025: $15.00
The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.95.
If an employer pays their employees the tipped minimum wage, they must also ensure the employee is making the standard minimum wage after tips are earned.
Employment practices in Illinois stipulate that employees must be paid at a rate of 1 ½ times their regular rate for any work performed past 40 hours in a workweek, unless the employee is exempt.
The federal overtime rule stipulates that the minimum salary requirement for administrative, professional, and executive exemptions is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year. Workers making at least this salary level may be eligible for overtime based on their job duties.
Employees who work 7 ½ continuous hours must be provided with a meal break of at least 20 minutes.
It must be given to an employee no later than 5 hours after their shift starts.
It can be unpaid.
Employees under the age of 16 must be given a meal period of at least 30 minutes if they are scheduled to work more than 5 consecutive hours.