As of August 27, 2021, Illinois employers that provide group health insurance coverage must comply with a new law that requires certain disclosures to employees, as well as recordkeeping. This law is known as the “Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act."
We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.
Almost two decades ago, Illinois passed the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”). The original version of VESSA required employers to, among other things, provide employees unpaid leave if the employees were victims of domestic, sexual or gender violence.
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 or renews a contract or employment agreement must include the provisions in the contract which restrict severance pay to no more than 20 weeks of compensation and restrict the availability of severance payment at all if the employee is terminated for “misconduct.”
A slew of new laws went into effect on January 1 in Illinois. Below are key labor and employment laws: SB3163 creates the Illinois Freedom to Work Act providing that no employer may enter into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee. Low-wage employee is defined as a wage earner making the greater of the applicable minimum wage or $13.00 per hour. HB3554 directs the Illinois Department of Labor to search for employees who have been harmed by unpaid wages so they may recover what they are owed.
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.