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Payment of Wages: Illinois

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Vicki M. Lambert, The Payroll Advisor

Summary

  • Illinois employers must pay employees in cash or by check. Payment by direct deposit and payroll cards is permitted under certain conditions. Penalties are imposed for not paying employees as required by law. See Wage Payment Methods.
  • Nonexempt employees must be paid semimonthly. Exempt employees in the executive, administrative and professional categories may be paid once a month. Commissions may be paid once a month. Pay days must occur within a certain number of days after each pay period. See Pay Frequency.
  • Each employee must be provided with an itemized statement of deductions for every pay period. See Pay Statement Requirements.
  • Illinois employers must notify employees of certain wage-related information. See Employee Notification Requirements.
  • Illinois limits the types of deductions that employers may make from employees' wages. Penalties are imposed for violations. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • Terminated employees must be paid on the next regularly scheduled payday. Payment must include accrued vacation time in certain circumstances. Employers may be sued by employees in a civil action if they fail to comply with the law. See Termination Pay.
  • After the death of an employee, employers must follow specific procedures in order to properly turn over any compensation owed to the deceased employee's next of kin or estate. See Deceased Employee Wages.
  • Employers must review their records each year to determine if they are holding any unclaimed wages of employees. Within certain time frames, annual reports and remittances must be made and affected employees must be notified. All employers must file reports and make remittances electronically. Penalties are imposed for noncompliance. See Unclaimed Wages.
  • Localities including Chicago and Cook County have laws pertaining to wage payments. See Local Requirements.