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SBDC at Waubonsee Community College: Employer Requirements for 2021

Shared by SBDC’s HR Consultant, Doreen Petty:

Minimum Wage: 25 States are increasing their minimum wage in 2021 (One as of 12/31/20, nineteen as of 1/1/21, and five later in the year). Illinois increases to $11.00 per hour on 1/1/21. Your payroll provider should notify you of changes in the states where you have employees. If you have tipped employees, things can get more complicated, so be sure to discuss with your payroll provider. In Illinois, the tipped minimum wage rises to $6.60 (base wage + tip credit). Find more information about Illinois minimum wage rates through 1/1/25 at Hourly Minimum Wage Rates by Year – Fair Labor Standards Division (

Training Requirements: In 2020, Illinois added a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training requirement under the State’s Human Rights Act (IHRA) and enforced by the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). IHRA requires annual training. Restaurants and Bars have additional requirements for supplemental training. Find the free model training materials at State of Illinois Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program – Training. You can conduct the training yourself, hire a consultant, or find a vendor that offers compliant on-online video or seminar training for a fee. Included in this requirement is a mandate to report sexual harassment complaints and investigations to the State.

Poster Requirements: All 50 states plus the District of Columbia have requirements for workplace posters based on state law, in addition to Federal requirements. Find Federal poster requirements at Workplace Posters | U.S. Department of Labor ( The USDOL helps with determining poster requirements at elaws – FirstStep Poster Advisor ( Specific requirements for Illinois posters are at Required Posters – Employers ( All posters at the links above are downloadable free of charge. Alternatively, you can buy posters with all the requirements, laminated or not, from many sources. Be sure to look for 2021 variations and shop around because prices vary widely. Most vendors offer poster sets (or all-in-one posters) that combine federal, state, and OSHA requirements. Because of minimum wage changes and the requirement to post employee rights under the IHRA, Illinois employers need new posters for 2021.

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HR Basics for Small Business coming up in February.

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