The Illinois Food Retailers Association represents industry’s interest before the Illinois General Assembly and state regulatory agencies. IFRA’s government relations efforts in conjunction with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has made us a strong, effective voice in Springfield, and has resulted in both the passage and defeat of many significant bills directly affecting your business.

IFRA’s legislative division also works very closely with the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association both at the National and State level on critical issues affecting the food distribution system.

IFRA’s PAC is very active in both fund raising and fund distribution to support statewide campaigns of individuals responsive to the needs of the membership.

Legislative representation is one of the most important services provided by the Illinois Food Retailers Association. For specific information on legislation or legislators, please click on link below.
http://www.ilga.gov

Required State Postings

Federal & State Labor Law Poster Set – Order Form

 

January 1, 2019

ISERRA – Illinois Service Member Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (Required Notice to Post by Jan. 1, 2019)
ISERRA – Brochure

Proposed Chicago Ordinances

Chicago-Fair Work Week Ordinance

This is the same proposal that was sent out to the membership earlier by email with a detailed description of how it proposes to mandate how employees are scheduled, sets out a system of penalty pay for changes made by an employer after a schedule has been issued (while allowing employees to change schedules freely after those schedules have been issued), mandates premium pay for employees that close and open, (even if they desire to work that kind of schedule), and takes away an employer’s ability to designate how many part-time employees will be on staff at any given time.

It also purports to add an exemption for businesses that employ less than 50 employees (more than likely added as a tacit admission that the mandate is far too complicated and expensive for most businesses to comply with), but that exemption is far from clear as it mentions that the 50 employees must be “in the aggregate” in any location. We do not understand how the term “in the aggregate” can refer to an individual location, but we presume that the advocates will clarify at some point.

 

Chicago -Minimum Wage Proposed Ordinance to $15.00 per hour

This would amend Chicago’s Minimum Wage ordinance which is scheduled to increase to $13.00/hour on July 1, 2019 and then scheduled to increase with inflation thereafter. The proposal would increase the wage to $15/hour instead of $13/hour and continue to increase annually with inflation.

 

Task Force to Study Chicago Guaranteed Income Program

Sponsors:Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward)
Alderman Derrick Curtis (18th Ward)
Alderman Roderick Sawyer (6th ward) and 33 co-signers

Entitled the “Chicago Resilient Family Initiative”, this resolution seeks to create a task force that would study two issues.

First, it would research and develop a Universal Basic Income (UBI) model for 1000 families that could be provided with a minimum of $500/month that could be used for any purpose. UBI, also known as “guaranteed income” is being tested in other countries.

Specifically, the Netherlands, Canada and Iran are all running pilot programs for segments of their populations. Finland (which ran a program in 2017) is ending its program among concerns about its actual benefits. In the US, a pilot program is currently running in Oakland, CA.

Such programs are being explored partly in response to the automation of the workforce, which is beginning to leave sectors of the workforce unemployed. The thought is if people are guaranteed an income, then it might allow them to be creative in how they will contribute to an economy that is quickly becoming more automated.

The task force would deliver a report to the committee by October 1, 2018.

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