Date archive: January 2014

Missouri increases minimum wage to $7.50/hour

Effective January 1, 2014, most employers in Missouri are now required to pay a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  The only exception to the Missouri minimum wage increase is for those retail or service employers who have annual gross sales of less…

Is the “failure-to-conciliate” affirmative defense available to employers? Not in the Seventh Circuit.

If the EEOC investigates a claim and determines that discrimination or retaliation has occurred, it is statutorily required to attempt to resolve findings of discrimination through “informal methods of conference, conciliation, and persuasion.”

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Unanswered questions for Illinois employers

On January 1, 2014, Illinois became the 21st state in the U.S. to legalize use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, at least during the four year pilot program. This new law raises a number of questions for Illinois employers, many of them currently unanswered. There are no Illinois court cases interpreting this new law, so…


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