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New Year, New Retail Laws

Posted on January 3, 2019

What new laws will affect your retail business in 2019? Listed below are the top retail laws in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Main Street Fairness (SB 2577)
This law requires online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made in Illinois.

Nursing Mother’s Act (PA 100-1003)
An employer must provide for reasonable break time during the first year after the child’s birth each time the employee needs to express milk. The break time may run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. Compensation may not be reduced for time used for the purpose of expressing milk or nursing a baby.

Employee Expense (PA 100-1094)
Employers are required to reimburse an employee for all necessary expenditures or losses directly related to services performed for the employer including expenses for uniforms, equipment, vehicle expenses, electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and computers and any other expenditures or losses an employer requires an employee to incur in the course of their duties. An employer is not liable under this Section unless the employer knew or had reason to know that the employee incurred the expenditure or loss.

Food Service Sanitation Managers Certification (PA 100-0954)
Grandfathers the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificates (FSSMC) that were approved prior to last year’s passage of the legislation that removed the redundant state certification and fee on food retailers. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) explains, “Last year, IRMA convinced lawmakers to remove the redundant state food certification and accompanying unnecessary fee on food retailers. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) complied but has refused to acknowledge the expiration date of current FSSM certificates. This has required some employees to retake the federal tests before the expiration of the current 5 year certificates. HB 5011 grandfathers those FSSM certificates approved before the change in the law.”

Information provided by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. Click here for more information.

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