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Illinois Governor Signs New Severance Law, Limiting Public Employee Severance Options

The Government Severance Pay Act (P.A. 100-895) has implications of severely limiting the ability of public employers to negotiate severance packages and reduce litigation risks. The new law, which was signed on August 14, 2018, by the Governor and which is effective January 1, 2019, requires that any covered unit of government that enters into…

New Illinois Labor and Employment Laws Effective January 1, 2017

A slew of new laws went into effect on January 1 in Illinois. Below are key labor and employment laws:

Illinois Blood Donation Leave

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Illinois employers to keep up with the numerous Illinois leave laws. Here is one you may not know about – The Illinois’ Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. There is no corresponding federal law.

Minimum Wage Increases Sweeping The Country In 2015

While the federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.55 per hour, both “red” and “blue” states continue to increase the required minimum wage rate under state law above the federal minimum wage rate on an increasing basis. As we previously reported, the minimum wage for Missouri employers increased on January 1, 2015 to $7.65 per hour. While there were efforts by the Illinois legislation to increase the state minimum wage rate to over $10.00 per hour in 2015, it was unable to pass both houses.

Increasing Efforts to Protect Transgender Workers

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits covered employers from making employment decisions based on an individual’s sex/gender. This year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and President Obama continued the ongoing efforts to expand employment protection to transgender workers.

Illinois Extends Sexual Harassment Protection to Unpaid Interns

Public Act 98-1037 will take effect January 1, 2015. The Act amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5).  Illinois has joined the emerging trend providing protection against sexual harassment for unpaid interns who, on January 1, will be covered under the definition of “employee” for purposes of the Act’s prohibition against sexual harassment….

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Giving Pregnant Employees New Rights

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that makes it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. Under the new law, employers must make reasonable accommodations if a pregnant employee asks for it, but employers can require documentation…

Checking the Criminal History of Applicants? – The law has changed

Effective January 1, 2015, the new Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act takes effect. The Act, signed by Governor Quinn on July 18, 2014, prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring about or into, considering or requiring disclosure of criminal record or criminal history of an applicant for employment until the…

New Rights for Pregnant Employees on the Horizon

Legislation that would make it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees is nearer to becoming law. House Bill 8 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to give pregnant employees a right to reasonable accommodations for conditions related pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy related medical conditions. The…

Employee or Independent Contractor? The stakes are high in Illinois

Illinois passed the Employee Classification Act in 2008. It was amended in 2013. (820 ILCS 185/1 et seq.) In a decision issued February 25, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenged to the Act.

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