Register for the July 15 Social Media Virtual Power Hour
Free for Chamber members
$10 for non-members
Tuesday, July 21
Grab a cup of coffee and join us for our monthly Virtual Meet, Greet & Network via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 843 8314 0658
We will: Welcome new members; introduce guests; hear from our sponsor, DeMarco, Sciaccotta, Wilkens & Dunleavy; have a 10-minute educational talk from one of our Chamber members, and of course, you will have to opportunity to introduce yourself and give any business updates.
increase effective July 1
Effective July 1, 2020, the minimum wage for Illinois will increase from $9.25 to $10.00 per hour. Employees currently earning more than the new minimum wage per hour can remain at their present rate. This increase will not require an update to the IL Dept of Labor's required postings, provided your business is displaying the poster effective January 1, 2020.
The poster effective January 1, 2020 can be downloaded at:
All hours worked on or after midnight, July 1, 2020, should be paid at the higher applicable minimum wage rate. If an hourly employee's workday spans across June 30, 2020 and July 1, 2020, two different rates could be used.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training required for all employees by Dec. 31
Recent changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) require all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by December 31, 2020, and once per year thereafter – and tasked the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) with creating a model sexual harassment training program employers could use to meet that requirement.
After several delays, the IDHR released its
model sexual harassment prevention training program
along with an
Now that we have the IDHR’s model training, all Illinois employers should begin planning on how they will administer the training to all employees – including part-time employees, short-term or temporary employees, interns, and so on – especially since the IDHR
that it will not extend the December 31, 2020 deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sexual Harassment Training: Any establishment serving any type of alcohol and benefit from the sale of “ready-to-eat food” will now be required to do additional trainings and implement sexual harassment policies. The general rules and policies include:
- Every employer must have a sexual harassment policy in writing in a staff employment handbook;
- Employers are required to provide sexual harassment training within the first calendar week of the new employee’s start date;
- Employers’ sexual harassment policy shall be available in English and Spanish;
- Training must occur and be documented every year for all employees; and
- Every written sexual harassment policy must have clearly defined language outlining:
* Definition of sexual harassment;
* Details on how and to whom employees can
report instances of sexual harassment;
A detailed explanation of the internal
complaint process for employee sexual
How to contact and file a charge with the
Illinois Department of Human Rights and the
United States Equal Employment Opportunity
A prohibition on retaliation for reporting sexual
Businesses who fail to comply with this law will receive a notice from the Illinois Department of Human Rights requiring employers to comply within 30 days. If the employer does not comply within the 30 days, the employer will receive a civil fine
The Village's RIPPLE Program
(Resident Incentive for Purchases to
Promote the Local Economy)
Frankfort residents can get a $50 credit on their water bill if they submit receipts from local businesses--a total of $300 with a minimum of $200 at qualifying retail stores and $100 at local restaurants. More details
Forgiveness Requirements Relaxed with Passage of Paycheck Protection
On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. Notable changes will allow businesses more time to spend loan proceeds on permitted costs. This is significant relief for those businesses that were unable to continue operations and bring employees back to work. With many of those employees being lower paid, paying them to stay at home was not well received as it interfered with the higher amounts of unemployment compensation they could otherwise receive. More information
Frankfort Police Department encourages you to join its new Business Nixle Information System
This free service will allow the Frankfort Police Department to disseminate business specific safety and crime trend information.
Joining is Easy
E-mail email@example.com with the following information:
• Your name and business name
• E-mail address you can access to receive information
• Mobile phone number
An unlimited number of representatives from your business can register, but we highly recommend at least one manager register per business.
The information shared will be business specific, however this group will also receive alerts pertinent to general public safety.
Questions? Call the Frankfort Police Department at (815)469-9435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber members, if you'd like a 19x13 sign for your window, email email@example.com and she will drop one off for you or you can pick it up at the Chamber Office, 123 Kansas St., Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. Just call before to make sure someone is in the office, 815-469-3356.
CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
The 33rd season of the Frankfort Chamber's Concerts on the Green series has been suspended for June and July. We hope that Governor Pritzker's phased plan to reopen the state will allow us to present August concerts. We will update you on the status in July.
Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors
Currie Motors Ford of Frankfort
Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Silver Cross Foundation
Frankfort Preservation Foundation
Jim & Stacy Holland
Phoenix Fire Systems ($300)
RWC Insurance Group
State Farm--Terry Gross Agency
Town Center Bank
Chip & Lori Krusemark
Jerry & Karen Vrshek
Frankfort Lions Club
Glatz Management Services
Don & Jeanne Schwarz
Peace Lutheran Church
The CDC now estimates that roughly 40% of COVID-19 transmissions are happening
before people feel sick or show any symptoms
, and 35% of those with COVID-19
never show symptoms at all
. Knowing this makes it increasingly more important for everyone to consider testing to check for both current or past infection, especially before
returning to work
or other activities. Click on the link to learn more about
ARCpoint Labs of Orland Park’
s customizable service offerings and help
METT Therapy Services
is a therapist-owned physical and occupational therapy company that has been located in the south suburbs for over 20 years. METT Therapy contracts with Franciscan Health and is located in the heart of Frankfort at 10367 West Lincoln Highway.
METT Therapy provides individualized care for various post-surgical, orthopedic, neurological, chronic pain and vestibular conditions. METT Therapy is following all CDC guidelines to ensure our patients’ safety is of top priority during these difficult times. METT also accepts most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid and is now offering telehealth services. Call (708) 679-2940 for more information or to set up an evaluation today!
The Frankfort Park District
office is open for Summer registration Mon-Fri, 9am–4pm. Register online, via FAX, in person or our mail/drop box at Founders Center.
View the digital Summer 2020 Brochure
Elements by The Odyssey
- As we navigate through this unprecedented time and resume business with new safety precautions, let Elements put you at ease. We are prepared to accommodate smaller events taking proper safety measures and procedures. INQUIRE TODAY ABOUT RENTAL RATES!
Fresh Air Experts SanitizeIT
are infection control specialists. We come to your home and business to bring you to Clinically Clean with our disinfecting spray service. We lightly fog our hospital grade disinfectant that is CDC listed and EPA registered to eliminate bacteria, odors, and viruses like
MRSA, Coronavirus, H1N1, Staph
and more. Quick dry, Food & Animal Safe, affordable. Chamber Discount 10% off. Based on sq ft and appointments required. We Clear the Air to give you Peace of Mind 708-888-2008
and FreshAirExpert.com for more information
Camp Bow Wow New Lenox
offers premier doggy day care and boarding with all-day play, live web cams, and all-inclusive pricing! Our highly trained camp counselors are certified in Pet CPR and First Aid to ensure your pup is having a fun and safe time in our climate controlled indoor and outdoor play yards. Stay in the know by signing up for our PUP-dates on our website at
. See what the woof is about this Summer with your first day FREE!
Minuteman Press of Frankfort
is participating in
Bounce Back USA
, an initiative created by
to offer two free services to help support neighboring businesses as we find a way to work together through these unprecedented times.
First, they are distributing a COVID-19 awareness and prevention posters at no charge to any business in their service area. Second, they are providing free local advertising on the Bounce Back website to stimulate business and help neighbors overcome the tremendous economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to list your business, click
A way to give back to hospitals and first responders.
is offering catering delivery to many locations. Hospitals have meal trains to feed their healthcare workers. Their individual, boxed lunch is a safe, convenient option for healthcare workers. Its contents are labeled and includes a sandwich, chips and cookie. If your business is interested in donating, please call
Denise Burks, catering manager, at 630-886-2249.
Their full catering menu can be found
Common Sense Turf
The Flower Cottage
Lincoln-Way Central H.S.
Chiro One Wellness
Law Offices of Demetrius
J. Karos, Ltd.
Simply Home Again
Rotary club of Tinley
Park and Frankfort
Kutula Home Inspections
Atlas Wealth Mgmnt
White Street Market
Jersey Mike's, Frankfort
Portiuncula Center for
Prayer and Poverel
Kup a Joe Cafe
Old Second National
Trail's Edge Brewing Co.
Frankfort Police Dept.
Ivy League Kids
Frost & Associates
Great Space LLC
Certa Pro Painters of Orland Park
Sue Wolf, Isagenix
Sue Wolf, Mary Kay
Town Center Bank
Frankfort Brass Band
Sunset Water & Sewer
Window World of Joliet
Law Office of Theresa
Village of Frankfort
Buenas Nachos LLC
Friends of Frankfort
Roy Erikson Outdoor
Kurtz Memorial Chapel
Bite Size Pediatric
Gerardi Funeral Homes
Lincoln Travel & Cruises
Leon J. Kosek, OD
Down Home Guitars
Sweet Frog Premium
Old Plank Trail Tavern
Royal Salt Cave & Spa
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