blog posts Illinois Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2021 Dec 11, 2020 10:15 am by System HR ServicesFROM: Jami Painter, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer System Human Resource Services RE: Illinois Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2021 The Illinois minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2021. Please share this with your hiring managers or others with personnel responsibilities in your area. Individuals in your area who process transactions via the Human Resources Front End (HRFE) system will receive more detailed instructions. The hourly rate for all hourly-paid employees who currently earn less than $11.00 per hour will be updated by an automated program. These employees will begin earning the new minimum wage for any work hours reported on and after January 1, 2021. In most cases, no action will be required by your departments/units; you will be notified if manual corrections are needed. HRFE users will be sent special handling instructions for student appointments and hourly jobs with end-dates after January 1, 2021 so the new hourly rate can be automatically updated. Departments will need to monitor and adjust work hours for students with Federal Work Study to ensure the maximum allowable earnings are not exceeded. Questions about the minimum wage increase should be directed to your university or system Human Resources office: Urbana-Champaign: Illinois Human Resources – 217-333-2136; Student Employment – 217-333-0600Chicago: UIC Human Resources – 312-413-4848; Student Employment -- 312 -996-3130Springfield: Human Resources – 217-206-6652; Student Employment – 217-206-6724System Offices: System Human Resource Services – 217 – 333-2600 Future Illinois Minimum Wage increases: The minimum wage will increase by $1.00 per hour each January 1 until it reaches $15.00 per hour in 2025. The same process will be used each time to increase hourly rates as needed.