At Fish Potter Bolaños, P.C., our lawyers are experienced in helping
clients obtain wages that are rightfully owed to them. If your employer
has withheld wages, commission, or a paycheck, we will aggressively fight
for you in and out of the courtroom.
You can trust us to help you receive your compensation. Call us at
(630) 364-4061 or fill out our
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What Laws Govern Unpaid Wages in Illinois?
In Illinois, payment of wages is governed by the
Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). The IWPCA provides regulations for how an employee gets paid, when an
employer may deduct from an employee’s wages, when and how an employee
must be paid final compensation, penalties for any violations of the IWPCA
and other wage-related issues. The Illinois Department of Labor helps
enforce the IWPCA.
Common paycheck questions we receive are:
Can an employer hold my paycheck? Typically, in Illinois if you are owed wages, they must be paid. This is
the case even if you owe your employer money for something (i.e., for
Am I entitled to vacation pay with my final paycheck? Yes, in Illinois, employers typically are required to pay out accrued
vacation pay but it depends on the language of the vacation policy.
Can my employer make deductions from my paycheck without my permission? Typically, the answer is no (although certain deductions are allowed).
Illinois Wage & Payment Collection Act
The IWPCA limits when an employer may deduct from an employee’s wages.
It is illegal for an employer to deduct money from an employee’s
wages without the employee’s voluntary and written consent.
Under the IWPCA, an employer may only deduct from an employee’s wages
without consent when the deductions are:
Required by law.
To the employee’s benefit;
In response to a valid wage deduction order or wage assignment;
With the express written consent freely given at the time the deduction is made;
By certain entities for certain debts; or
The result of an accidental overpayment.
Finally, even if an employer receives consent to deduct from the employee’s
wages when the employee starts the job, the employer is required to receive
the employee’s written consent each time the employer makes any