Preparing for the minimum wage increase and its impact on small business


Oct. 9 IVAC Business Breakfast program will feature labor and employment attorney

PERU - The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s (IVAC) next Business Breakfast Seminar will discuss how the minimum wage increase will affect small businesses. Join the discussion at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Mario’s Maples in Peru.

With a $15/hour minimum wage looming, Illinois employers should make certain they are well aware of Illinois wage and hour laws. The new minimum wage mandates for Illinois employers go beyond the wage hike. There are substantial penalties and interest if employers are not compliant. Additionally, employers need to begin identifying methods to stay competitive with other area employers to retain key employees.

Join guest speaker Jeff Risch, Management-Side Labor & Employment Attorney with SmithAmundsen LLC, for a timely discussion of the $15 minimum wage law and what it truly means for employers, as well as a summary of key wage and hour issues and how the changes will force employers to make critical decisions on benefits, policies and practices.

Risch serves as the chair of SmithAmundsen’s expansive Management-Side Labor & Employment Group headquartered in Chicago. He represents employers in jurisdictions and before administrative tribunals throughout the United States. He also provides employment and traditional labor law counsel to several trade associations including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He has contributed to stories produced by media outlets such as NPR, Fox News Chicago,, the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune.

The seminar will begin with a hot breakfast buffet served at 7:15 a.m. and the program will start at 7:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by calling (815) 223-0227 no later than noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The breakfast is open to the public.


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