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Illinois Wage Payment Timing Requirements

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Illinois must comply with these state rules regarding the timing and frequency of wage payments.

All employers are covered under Illinois' wage payment laws.

Employees must be paid at least semimonthly — at least monthly for executive and professional employees or salespersons paid on commission.

Wages paid during a semimonthly or biweekly pay period must be paid not later than 13 days after the end of the pay period in which they were earned.

For weekly pay period, the time limit is seven days after the end of the period.

Wages paid on a daily basis must, insofar as possible, be paid on the same day and, in any event, not later than 24 hours after the day they were earned.

Wages of professional, executive or administrative employees may be paid on or before 21 days after the period in which they were earned.

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