August 20 – Expansions to Illinois’ Equal Pay Act signed into law
On August 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed a law expanding the protection of Illinois’ Equal Pay Act. The law signed by the governor expands coverage of the Equal Pay Act to all employers (before it exempted small employers) and increase the maximum civil penalty that can be assessed against an employer.
The expansions to the Equal Pay Act go into effect on January 1, 2016.
For more information, read Illinois House Bill 3619 – 2015.
July 28 – Governor Rauner signs a voluntary veterans’ employment preference law
On July 28, 2015, Governor Rauner signed a law making it legal for employers to adopt policies that give hiring preference to veterans.
The law goes into effect January 1, 2016.
To find out more, read Illinois House Bill 269 – 2015
July 20 – Governor Rauner signs a law addressing armed forces recruiting incentive programs
On July 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed a law amending the Illinois Human Rights Act. The amendments prohibit employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from participating in bona fide recruiting incentive programs sponsored by any of the armed forces where the incentive program is limited based on the service member’s discharge status.
The law went into effect on the date it was signed, July 20, 2016.
To find out more, read Illinois Senate Bill 1610 – 2015