The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) continues to fight for our industry.
I) The 102nd General Assembly concluded the “Lame Duck” session. Below find laws and changes effective January 1, 2023. The ILBA was vehemently opposed to all of the below 2023 changes.
A) SB208 – Paid Leave for All Workers Act:
1)All employers will be required to provide their employees, full and part-time, with a minimum of 40 hours (or five days) of paid leave per year to be used for any reason. 2)A worker would begin to earn paid leave on their first day of their employment at a rate of 1 hour of leave for every 40 hours worked. 3)Employees may use their paid leave starting on the 90th day of employment. 4)Workplaces can still require their employees to provide notice before taking paid time off. If the use is unforeseeable, an employee is directed to provide notice as soon as practicable. 5)Unused paid leave will carry over annually, up to 40 hours. 6)However, employers are not required to cash out the balance of an outgoing employee’s paid leave. 7)Employers that violate the act would be subject to penalties, including fines and compensatory damages for the affected employee.
B) Minimum Wage Increase – January 1, 2023:
State of Illinois wages increase: Tipped Wage: $7.80 and Minimum Wage: $13.00
Cook County minimum wage rates are higher based on the number of employees.
C) SB3120 – The Family Bereavement Leave Act:
The Family Bereavement Leave Act will now permit up to 10 works days of unpaid leave from work due to a miscarriage, unsuccessful fertility procedure, failed adoption, failed surrogacy agreement, diagnosis that negatively impacts fertility, or stillbirth.
D) Gas Tax Increase – January 1, 2023:
Drivers will see taxes go up at the pump twice in 2023. The first hike of 3.1cents went into effect January 1 making the total gas tax at 42.3 cents per gallon. The second increase will come in July.
E) HB209 Latex Glove Restrictions:
Latex Glove BAN effective January 1, 2023: A food service establishment may not permit employees to use latex gloves in the preparation and handling of food. Vinyl gloves, Powdered Vinyl gloves or Nitrate gloves are recommended.
II) Other Items
A) Restaurant Restrictions:
Third party services such as Grubhub and DoorDash no longer will be allowed to list restaurants on their platforms unless they have a written agreement with the business.
B) SAFE-T Act – The Illinois Supreme Court won’t hear arguments on SAFE-T Act, ending cash bail until March 2023. An order filed lays out the timeline, requiring the record on appeal to be filed on or before January 20, the appellant’s brief to be filed on or before January 26, and the appellant’s brief to be filed on or before February 17. The appellant’s reply brief is due on or before February 27, and oral arguments will be scheduled for the court’s term beginning in March.
C) Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Plan change, effective November 1, 2022:
A change effective November 1, 2022, employers with 16 or more employees who have been in business for two years or more and do not currently provide a retirement plan. Illinois employers must either offer a qualified plan or enroll employees in Secure Choice automatically. Eventually it will go to 5 or more employees. www.ILSecureChoice.com
D) ILBA Dates to Remember:
Lobby Day in Springfield – March 22, 2023
ILBA State Golf Outing in Auburn – August 7, 2022
137th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Rock Island/Moline – September 10 – 12, 2023
E) Welcome New ILBA Members:
Recently the following businesses have joined the ILBA:
Live Star Banquet, Waukegan Image Bar, Rockford
Westside on Oak, Watseka Main Street Tap, Bradford
Slotzy’s, Worden Midwest Electronics Gaming, Albers
TRN Club, Chatham Dooder’s Bar & Grill, Bettendorf
Associate Jodi Durbin, Altamont Brown Bag Liquors, Paris
Dr. Daniel D. Clauser