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Illinois Rolls Out Multiple New Employment Law Requirements

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed broad legislation that will significantly impact employment practices in the Land of Lincoln. The measure rolled together several bills that had been proposed separately during the legislative session covering nondisclosure agreements, sexual harassment training, leave for domestic violence victims and workplace safety, among other topics.

Illinois Governor Enacts Major Illinois Employment Law Changes

On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker enacted sweeping changes to the landscape of employment law in Illinois. See Public Act 101-0221, http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/101/101-0221.htm. Among other changes, the amendments create the Workplace Transparency Act (WTA), which limits employers’ abilities to restrict certain employee rights with regard to allegations of unlawful conduct. The amendments also significantly modify the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the Illinois Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). The provisions of the amendments discussed below will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Illinois Governor Signs Changes to State Equal Pay Act Including Salary History Ban

As we previously reported, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 834 and Governor J. B. Pritzker signed the bill into law. It will become effective September 29, 2019. The new law prohibits employers from requesting or requiring prospective employees to provide their salary histories as a condition of being considered for employment.

Illinois’ New #MeToo-Inspired Law Creates Sweeping Employer Obligations

In line with recently passed legislation in New York and California, Illinois’ legislature rallied to create a bill that would help increase employee protections by combating discrimination and harassment in the workplace. On June 2, 2019, the General Assembly, through bi-partisan efforts, passed S.B. 75, which created three new laws and amended others that relate to sexual harassment and discrimination. On August 9, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0221 (hereinafter referred to as “S.B. 75”) into law, comprehensively re-shaping the landscape of sexual harassment and discrimination law in Illinois.

Illinois Enacts Workplace Harassment Law, Creating New and Expanded Obligations for Employers

Employers in Illinois will have new obligations related to employment contracts, training, and agency oversight under a wide-ranging bill signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 9, 2019, that is intended to combat workplace harassment and provide greater protections for employees.

Illinois Joins Salary History Ban Trend

Illinois has become the latest state to pass a law banning private employers from asking job applicants about their current or past salary or benefits history. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the measure last week, which will take effect on September 29.

Illinois Enacts Protections for Organ Donation Leave

The Living Donor Protection Act amends the Illinois Organ Donor Leave Act, adding a section that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who request or take leaves of absence related to organ donation.

Illinois Employers Barred From Salary History Inquiries

Joining the ranks of several other states and local jurisdictions that have taken similar steps in the fight against pay disparity, Illinois will soon prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history as part of the hiring process. The new law – signed into law yesterday and set to take effect on September 29, 2019 – also includes other pay equity provisions that will require you to immediately adjust your hiring practices. What do Illinois employers need to know about this significant new development?

New Illinois Law Poised to Ban Salary History Inquiries

On July 31, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law that prohibits Illinois employers from asking for or considering compensation history when making employment decisions or setting compensation. The law is aimed at reducing the wage gap between men and women performing similar jobs. In addition to banning salary history inquiries, the new law expands potential claims under the Illinois Equal Pay Act. The law will take effect on September 29, 2019.

Illinois Expands Equal Pay Act and Bans Inquiries about Job Applicants’ Wage Histories

An amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act expands the Act’s scope and prohibits employers in Illinois from requesting information about a job applicant’s prior compensation.
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