Don't HR Alone #13 - W-2's, Minimum Wage, and Reciprocal States


Lawmakers approve $15 an hour minimum wage bill — ILLINOIS — State legislation

On May 31, the Illinois Legislature finalized legislation said to be the first $15 an hour minimum wage bill passed by state lawmakers. The development has generated substantial anxiety in the business community—Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has called it "extreme," according to media reports.

An amendment to H.B. 81 sets a schedule for minimum wage increases in Illinois. The amendment cleared the state house by a vote of 61-53 on May 30. The following day, the senate concurred in the amendment by a 30-23 ballot.

If signed by the governor, and the consensus is that he likely will veto the bill, the amendment to S.B. 81 would raise the minimum wage for employees at least 18 years of age to $15 an hour in 2022. Under the phased-in schedule, the minimum wage would increase to $9 on January 1, 2018; $10 on January 1, 2019; $11.25 on January 1, 2020; $13 on January 1, 2021; and $15 on January 1, 2022.

Employees less than 18 years old who have worked more than 650 hours during the calendar year would be paid less: $8 on January 1, 2018; $8.50 on January 1, 2019; $9.25 on January 1, 2020; $10.50 on January 1, 2021; and $12 on and after January 1, 2022.

Michigan discusses reciprocal agre