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Sesco's Spring Seminar Series 2019

We Are Pleased to Announce Newly Revised Programs in our 2019 Spring Seminar Series.
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Hourly Earnings Increase 0.2% in January, CPI Unchanged

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.2 percent from December to January. This result stems from a 0.1-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with no change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Minimum Wage in Illinois Will Likely Rise To $15 Per Hour

Illinois is close to enacting legislation that would nearly double its minimum wage. Currently, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law guarantees covered employees a minimum hourly wage of $8.25. However, theIllinois House of Representatives approved a billthat would significantly raise this minimum wage to $15 statewide. The Illinois Senate has already passed the bill. Although former Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar bill in 2017, current Governor J.B. Pritzker has already issued a statement that he will sign this bill into law. The $15 minimum wage will not go into effect immediately. Instead, it will increase gradually every year until it reaches $15 in 2025. The first increase is expected to be a $1 increase to $9.25 effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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