Tag: illinois

Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act On August 26, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 3547) creating the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA). The act: Defines relevant terms; Discusses differential compensation, independent contractors, and employee benefits; Provides basic protections by incorporating the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment…

Employee Reimbursement On August 26, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 2999) amending the state’s Wage Payment and Collection Act. Under the law, employers must reimburse employees for all the necessary expenditures or losses they incurred that are directly related to the services they performed for the employer. However, an employee is not…

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…

Public-Sector Employees No Longer Required to Subsidize a Union They Don’t Join On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) closed out its term with a decision altering a 40-year precedent (Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977)) and overturning more than 20 state’s laws. In Janus,…

Disclosure of Genetic Information On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 318) amending the state’s Genetic Information Privacy Act. The bill prohibits an employer from penalizing an employee who does not disclose his or her genetic information or does not choose to participate in a program requiring disclosure of the employee’s…

Question: Does Illinois recognize same sex marriage/domestic partner relationships for benefit and policy coverage purposes? Answer: Yes. On November 20, 2013, Illinois signed into law the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (S.B. 10) which became effective as of June 1, 2014. The law recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex and extends to same-sex…

Question: Is an Illinois employer required to pay the company owner for unused vacation and/or sick pay at time of termination? Answer: The answer to your question depends upon how your company and the ownership interests are structured. Under the Illinois statutes (820 Ill. Comp. Stat.115/5), “when an employment contract or company policy provides for…