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January 2017

Illinois: Employers can no longer require low-wage workers to sign non-compete agreements

January 1, 2017

On August 19, 2016, Gov. Rauner signed the Freedom to Work Act which prohibits employers from requiring low-wage employees from signing non-compete agreements. Low-wage workers are defined as employees who earn the greater of $13.00 or the minimum wage required by the applicable federal, state, or local minimum wage. For more information, read IL Senate Bill 3163.

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Illinois: Certain statutory protections are extended to domestic workers

January 1, 2017

On August 12, 2016, Gov. Rauner signed the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act which extends statutory protections, including the Human Rights Act, the Minimum Wage Law, the Wages of Women and Minors Act, and the One Day Rest in Seven Act, to domestic workers. For more information, read IL House Bill 1288.

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Illinois: New sick leave use requirements go into effect

January 1, 2017

On August 19, 2016, Gov. Rauner signed the Employee Sick Leave Act that requires employers that provide sick leave benefits to employees to allow employees to use the sick leave to care for family members, including a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent. Other requirements and restrictions apply. For more information, read IL House Bill 6162.

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Illinois: Privacy in the Workplace Act goes into effect

January 1, 2017

On July 22, 2016, Gov. Brown signed the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act prohibiting employers from: requesting, requiring, or coercing employees to provide personal information including usernames and passwords to personal online accounts requesting, requiring, or coercing employees to access personal online accounts in the presence of the employer or it representatives requiring or coercing employees or applicants to invite the employer to join any online groups retaliating against employees in any manner for refusing to perform any…

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July 2017

Illinois: Sick leave requirements for employers with employees who work in Cook County go into effect.

July 1, 2017

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave to employees. Under the new sick leave requirement, employers must provide eligible employees with at least 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked. To be eligible, an employee must: work for their employer for at least 80 hours in a 120-day period and work at least 2 hours in Cook County every two weeks and Employees must be allowed to…

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January 2019

Illinois: Requirements for employee expense reimbursements go into effect

January 1, 2019

On August 26, 2018, Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 2999. The new law requires employers to reimburse employees for expenses incurred by the employee that inure to the primary benefit of the employer. Employers may establish written reimbursement policies with which employees must comply to be eligible for reimbursement. Other requirements and limitation apply. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2018.

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