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Wage and Hour Institute

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has continued to track and analyze the increasing number of wage and hour lawsuits that have been filed against Illinois businesses over the last decade.  With the Illinois General Assembly continuing to amend these wage and hours laws to favor employees,we have determined that our member businesses need help in understanding and complying with the many different wage and hour laws.  To accomplish that goal, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce has developed its Wage and Hour Institute!

We have brought together some of the top law firms to assist businesses through the maze created by these wage and hour laws.   Illinois Chamber Members will have instant access to these lawyers through a wage and hour hotline, in order to discuss any and all wage and hour questions.  Illinois Chamber Members will also have access to numerous articles on various topics to help support their compliance.  The Wage and Hour Institute will also be offering several webinars throughout the year on the hot topics concerning the wage and hour laws, to assure that Illinois Chamber Members are on the cutting edge of wage and hour developments.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Wage and Hour Institute will be the leading tool for Illinois Businesses to make sure they are in compliance with all wage and hour laws.

Have questions about Wage and Hour Issues?  Check out these articles first.
Recordkeeping Requirements

Administrative Employees

FLSA Intrastate Exemption

Your Rights When the Government Investigator Stops By

Owners and Officers Could Be Personally Liable under Wage and Hour Laws

Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act

Prevailing Wage Act Summary

The Forgotten Wage and Hour Law

If your question isn’t answered by the articles above,please call our Wage and Hour Helpline.    Our attorneys can answer many general Wage and Hour questions.

Illinois Chamber Wage and Hour Helpline…….800.322.4722 (Hours: 8:30 – 5 CST, M-F)
Email the Wage and Hour Helpline…………
**(Non-members can call Helpline one time for no charge to check it out then join the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to have more access to this resource.)

Meet the Wage and Hour Helpline Staff
Mary Taylor

Mary came to the Chamber with 28 years experience working in administrative capacities with a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. She joined the Chamber in December 2002 as Receptionist at the Springfield headquarters. Her current duties include a variety of administrative assignments including working with the Director of Local Chamber Relations. In this role, she maintains the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) membership and financial information as Office Manager. Mary also assists in the day-to-day operational functions of all aspects of the Springfield office as well as assisting with the preparation of materials for regular meetings of the Chamber’s Board and Executive Committee.

Rebecca Pratt BrometSeyfarth Logo

Rebecca Pratt Bromet is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Ms. Bromet chairs the firm’s innovative Administrative Charge Team and is a leader within the firm’s national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group.
Ms. Bromet also represents employers across the country in court litigation and administrative matters arising under federal and state wage and hour laws.  She frequently conducts exempt status and pay practice audits and provides related counseling, training, and change management assistance to our clients.
Ms. Bromet frequently speaks at seminars and conferences on all human resources issues.  Ms. Bromet authored the Illinois Employer’s Guide to Wage and Hour Laws, published by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2011).  Ms. Bromet also contributes to publications such as the Fair Labor Standards Act: Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2006-2010) and is a member of the ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislative Committee.

Sean F. Darke

Sean DarkeSean F. Darke focuses his practice for Wessels Sherman, by defending and advising companies in areas of both employment and labor laws.  Mr. Darke continues to successfully defend companies in state, federal and administrative courts, specifically on matters involving discrimination claims, harassment claims, wage and hour laws, ERISA claims, NLRB matters, unemployment claims, unfair labor practices, state and federal agency’s audits, and several other key areas under both state and federal laws.
Prior to joining Wessels Sherman, Mr. Darke gained courtroom experience while working for a Chicago defense firm.  Prior to his experience in the State of Illinois, Mr. Darke worked as a judicial law clerk in the State of Michigan, where he gained valuable experience in state procedural practice, as well as, experience in both jury and bench trials.


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