Illinois Employment Law Update – August 2018


Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

On August 21, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (H.B. 1595) amending the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act by providing for all of the following:

  • Reasonable break time (instead of “unpaid break time each day”) during the first year after the child’s birth each time the employee needs to express milk.
  • Break time may (instead of “must, if possible”) run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.
  • An employer may not reduce an employee’s compensation for time used to express milk or nurse a baby.
  • Replacing the “unduly disrupt” exception to providing a break with the requirement that an employer must provide reasonable break time as needed by the employee unless to do so would create an undue hardship as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act.

The law is effective July 1, 2018.

Read IL H.B. 1595

Sexual Harassment Policy

On August 3, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 405) requiring each bidder who submits an offer for a state contract to both have a sexual harassment policy and provide a copy of the policy to the state agency entering into the contract, upon request. The law also requires taxpayers claiming tax credits under the Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act to submit an annual report detailing their sexual harassment policy and the report’s minimum requirements.

The law is effective January 1, 2019.

Read IL S.B. 405