Illinois Wage & Hour Law

Chicago, Illinois 60601
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What You Need to Know About Illinois Minimum Wage, Overtime, and Other Wage Claims

You can recover unpaid wages, overtime, and tips in Illinois if you know your rights and how to enforce them. Does your employer owe you unpaid wages or overtime? Or, maybe you need information on the breaks you’re entitled to, overtime rules, or your right to tips. If so, you'll find the information you need on this site to learn what you can do in Illinois to get the money you have earned.

Here, we answer many common questions about wage and hour law in Illinois, including:

 

A few things to keep in mind as you explore this site:

1. Wage and hour laws differ from state to state.

Most states have enacted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures for employees to follow if they have been treated unfairly. These regulations and procedures vary from state to state. Start by finding out about your rights to pay in Illinois.

2. Some states simply adopt the federal minimum wage and overtime standards, but most states have higher standards.

The U.S. Department of Labor  covers minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour matters. In states that have not adopted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures, your rights are set out by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

The Illinois Department of Labor is the agency that enforces labor laws in Illinois. Check there to find out more about minimum wage and overtime rules in Illinois.

The minimum wage in Illinois is $14 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Illinois must be paid at least $14 an hour.  

Chicago Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in the city of Chicago is currently $15.80 if you work for an employer that has more than 20 employees, or $15 an hour if you work for an employer with four to 20 employees.

 

Cook County Minimum Wage

In Cook County, the current minimum wage is $14.00 an hour. 

 

Check Illinois Department of Labor to find out more.

3. You are entitled to certain payments when your employment ends.

Your final paycheck must include certain amounts, regardless of whether you resigned, were laid off, or were fired. Find out whether your former employer met Illinois’s final paycheck requirements.



Illinois
Wage & Hour by Zip Code

Wages
Your Rights to Wages

Tips
Tips

Hours and Time Off
Work Hours and Time Off

Overtime
Job Classification & Overtime

Enforcement
Wage and Hour Enforcement

Lawyers
Wage and Hour Lawyers



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