There's a difference between state versus federal minimum wage. While the former varies, the latter has remained at $7.25 since July 24, 2009. Some states don't have minimum wages, but Illinois does. It's been $8.25 since January 1, 2016.
Current conditions at nursing homes here in Illinois and elsewhere around the country make these facilities breeding grounds for deadly illnesses to spread to staff members and their families.
If you're an older worker who is approaching retirement age, you may not be financially able to retire and still continue meeting your financial obligations. You want to continue working for as long as possible so that you can build up your retirement pension a bit more.
There have been recent claims of sexual assault by Joe Biden against one of his former senatorial staffers. As reported by The Washington Post, the timeline shows that his accuser's allegations have morphed and grown over time.
You have a service dog to help you overcome limitations related to your disability. But you believe that your employer is trying to ease you out the door because you need the service animal to complete some or all of your job duties. What are your rights?
You have probably heard of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This federal agency was established to administer and enforce the civil rights laws that prohibit workplace discrimination.
News reports in Illinois and across the country have drawn attention to ongoing issues with sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, and women workers continue to report significant concerns about bias on the job. According to one study of 1,000 American workers, there are a number of concerns about gender discrimination, including the gender pay gap, female representation at higher executive levels and parental leave for both women and men. Around one-fifth of respondents said that the gender pay gap continues to be their most serious concern, even though unequal pay for women and men has long been unlawful.
Many programs in Illinois and across the country aim to increase the number of women involved in STEM careers, those related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Some estimates say that corporate productivity and the national GDP could face a significant boost if the gender gap is closed in these areas. However, there are a number of complex reasons why women may be more or less likely to pursue a STEM career or to leave that employment path after initially obtaining their degree. Employment discrimination and sexual harassment on the job are two of these factors that can push women outside the tech industry.
Workplace discrimination and other work-related issues are getting more attention in Illinois and across the United States. This has benefited workers as they have been more likely to report violations and work to be compensated for what they lost. Unfortunately, these incidents still happen. In one case that is currently under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, Google is accused of pregnancy discrimination.
According to a recent survey, companies in Illinois and across the country are actively improving the diversity of their workforce. However, the poll also found that the majority of employees report that they have experienced or witnessed some type of discrimination while at work.