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Reservations due for economic update meeting planned by RBGA

The RiverBend Growth Association is hosting a panel discussion on the new Illinois laws that will affect businesses in the River Bend

The RiverBend Growth Association will play host to an economic update meeting featuring a panel discussion on the new Illinois laws regarding minimum wage, marijuana, and harassment.

The panel consists of Thomas Berry, Jr. of Jackson Lewis P.C., Mike Fitzgerald of Scheffel Boyle, and Patrick King of MillerKing LLC.

State Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey, representing District 111, is co-sponsoring the event with the RBGA.

The event is Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the newly remodeled Julia’s Banquet Center in East Gate Plaza in East Alton.

For RBGA members the investment to attend this luncheon is $20, and for potential RBGA members, the investment to attend this luncheon is $25.

“It is extremely important for River Bend businesses to understand the changes happening with Illinois law in 2020 that will affect every employer and employee,” said John Keller, president RiverBend Growth Association. “We are presenting this panel discussion to the Riverbend community so everyone can understand and adapt to the changing environment in Illinois workplaces.”

Illinois minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour by 2025, making Illinois the first Midwestern state to raise the minimum wage to that level. Illinois is the 11th state to legalize marijuana, and this meeting will be a great place to learn about your rights as an employee and employer. Employers in Illinois will also have new obligations related to employment contracts, training, and agency oversight under the new law intended to combat workplace harassment and provide greater protection for employees.

The RiverBend Growth Association is dedicated to providing the leadership necessary to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the Riverbend community. The RBGA is making sure its member organizations and potential members can understand the new laws to be enacted, and how to effectively traverse across the new workplace environment these laws will create.

“I understand the opportunities and threats businesses are experiencing to stay competitive in this modern economy with the constant changes and challenges,” said Bristow. “I am excited to work with the RiverBend Growth Association again to help local businesses stay informed and thrive in this modern economy.”

Registration is available at, visit, or call the office at (618) 467-2280.

The last day to register for the event is Dec. 4.

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