Illinois Employment Law Questions & Answers

Q: What can I do if my income puts me just over the Obamacare cliff and I have to pay an extra 20k in taxes?

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 31, 2019
Linda Simmons Campbell's answer
The first thing I would advise is to have your return prepared by a good CPA if you have not already done so. Make sure you use a good CPA and not a national chain. They may find some deductions that you were not aware you could take. After that if you still have a large balance due, contact a good tax attorney for advice on the best collection alternative. Stay away from the places you see advertised on TV and use someone you find on Justia. Most of us offer a free consultation.

Q: If employee gives a 2 weeks notice, can the employer not accept it and have them leave at that time or at end of busines

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
James G. Ahlberg's answer
The information attached to the question indicates you're in West Virginia. You should ask an attorney licensed there this question. I can give you the answer under Illinois law, but that doesn't mean the answer would be the same in West Virginia. I'd rather not give you advice you cannot rely on.

Q: Does a terminated employee have the right for full wage payment on the day of the termination?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 4, 2019
James G. Ahlberg's answer
If your question is: Does an employee get paid the full day's wage if he is fired before the end of the workday? The answer is that the employee gets paid for his time until he got fired.

If your question is: Does an employer have to give a fired employee his final paycheck on the day he is fired? The answer is that an employer can do so, but doesn't have to do so -- he has until the next regularly scheduled payday for that employee to issue a final paycheck.

Q: Was let go from my employer of 13 years for having knowledge of a "slush fund" that was created long before I ever start

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 4, 2019
James G. Ahlberg's answer
You need to contact an attorney in your area who practices in the field of employment law (which differs from labor law that deals with union and managements situation. Bring every scrap (repeat: every scrap) of paper you've got documenting the situation from when it began until you see the attorney. If you have an employee handbook, bring it. If you don't have an employee handbook, beg or borrow one from a former co-worker, but bring one to the first appointment with your attorney. Bring...

Q: Can I sue for lost wages for providing primary care for a child that is not mine, biologically or legally?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Employment Law and Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 19, 2019
Ray Choudhry's answer
To get wages, you have to be employed by someone with an agreed wage and conditions of employment.

Q: I had a verbal breach of contract when I signed an offer letter as an independent contractor, can I sue for this matter?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
You may be entitled to a remedy based on the facts provided, but the viability of recovering on such an action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the details around the statements made, as well as the terms of the offer letter you reference. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including the offer letter, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and will gladly...

Q: hired for position and then the current employee decides not to leave. What recourse does new employee have?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Cynthia Pietrucha's answer
Depending on additional details not provided, the incoming new employee general manager may have a breach of contract claim and/or a right to collect unemployment benefits, but otherwise, just because this is unfair does not mean it is illegal. Employers may change their plans for any reason as long as they are not committing an illegal act or breaching a contract.

Q: Can a person be terminated for consensually dating a co-worker that is not a supervisor?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 7, 2019
Ethan White's answer
Simple answer is probably yes. Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, so long as it is not discriminatory. But firing a person because the employer does not like the dating between employees is unlikely to be discriminatory. Based on what you've described above, the firing is likely legal. I hope that helps.

Q: When does the 33 percent fee change to 40 percent in a contingency agreement?

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 26, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Your attorney would be in the best position to clarify this issue based upon the exact terms of your retainer agreement. The specific time or trigger you ask about is a valid concern and you should pose it to your attorney, so that both of you are clear as to the threshold at which the attorney fee transitions from 33 1/3 percent to 40 percent. As a general matter, some attorneys could see the filing of an index no. as a milestone toward trial, or the completion of discovery, or the filing of a...

Q: Good morning. My job was closed December 31st 2018 at Rush University Medical Center where I was employed for 10 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
James G. Ahlberg's answer
It's hard to give you a solid answer without reviewing the documents you have. I encourage you to have your documents reviewed by a lawyer practicing in the field of employment law (not labor law, which deals with union-management issues, unless you were a union member) to assist you. Employment law covers pretty much everything employee related other than union-management situations.

Q: I worked for a nursing home some time ago and have been trying to get earned time paid. Nobody will call me back.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
James G. Ahlberg's answer
Go to the Illinois Department of Labor website and download their complaint form for unpaid wages. Complete the form and return it to them. Your tax dollars (and mine) have already paid for their services, so it costs you nothing beyond that. If they don't succeed in getting your wages you'll have to hire a lawyer. Do this ASAP, since you indicate these wages are from "some time ago." There is a limit on how many years back you can pursue a back wages claim. Fill out the form today and file it...

Q: Is there anything else I can do if I was unlawfully terminated in was able to disprove the reasons they claim?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Cynthia Pietrucha's answer
I'm sorry to hear about your termination. As many answers to legal questions, the answer here is: It depends.

Illinois is an "at will" employment state, which means an employer can get rid of you as long as they are not violating a policy, contract or law.Employment terminations can be complicated, especially when disability accommodations are involved.

For starters, to address those alleged write-ups, you have a right to access your personnel records by contact the company...

Q: Can my temp agency that i work for deny me direct deposit saying they dont do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Ethan White's answer
In short, yes. So long as your employer is paying you all the compensation you've earned, there is not a legal requirement that it be paid in a particular way.

Q: how can i find out if my name and social security number is blacklisted?

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 8, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
It's not easy to find out. None of the potential employers you've talked to are likely to tell you. I believe there are companies you can find online who will contact your old employer and act as if you've applied to work for them in the same industry to find out what response your old employer makes. I don't have the name of one to give you, I don't know what they charge for doing this, and I don't know how successful they are, but it's about all I can offer. Bear in mind that if the response...

Q: An employee on FMLA is charged with AWOL with doctor documentation for days charged. Is this a violation of FMLA?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Cynthia Pietrucha's answer
This behavior could be perceived as FMLA interference, an attempt to discourage you from using FMLA in the future.

The FMLA’s “interference” provision states it is “unlawful for any employer to interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of or the attempt to exercise” any right provided by the FMLA.

If you believe your rights have been denied, you should reach out to a local employee rights attorney for assistance.

Q: I think my boss is trying to get free work out of me and I'm not sure if it is legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 29, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
You may have misunderstood, but it's worth asking him or her to be sure. Here's what I think the boss was trying to tell you:

School A (present employer) is "loaning" you to Unit B. School A will pay you for all the work you do at Unit B, HOWEVER if you do work at Unit B which isn't for the benefit of School A, Unit B has to provide services to School A equivalent in value to what School A pays you for doing that work. In other words, you'll be paid for all your time, but School A and...

Q: Am I obligated to train someone to do my job because that person doesn't have enough work to do as a full time employee?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 23, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
You can refuse to train the person, but the employer can fire you for refusing to do it.

Q: Does my employer in Illinois need to pay out my PTO....WARN act?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 13, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
If you're not reporting back, I'm not sure how your "last day is 1/7/19." It sounds like you've already been separated from your employment. I am answering this question on the premise that you PTO is equivalent to vacation and could be used as such. Section 5 of the Illinois Wage Payment and collection Act provides as follows:

"Sec. 5. Every employer shall pay the final compensation of separated employees in full, at the time of separation, if possible, but in no case later than the...

Q: I have an upcoming IRS appeal and I need to subpoena some documents /information from my employer. How do I best do it?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 31, 2018
Michelle D. Wynn's answer
Unfortunately, you cannot subpoena documents from an employer unless it is in connection with a court case that is already filed. Since I assume you are speaking of an administrative appeal with the IRS Office of Appeals, you would not be able to issue a subpoena. You can request the documents from your employer to see if they will provide them voluntarily. If not, then your best bet may be to try to prove the points you are raising using documentation already in your possession.


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