The Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights was signed into law on Aug. 21, 2016, expanding the rights under four existing Illinois employment laws to domestic workers.
The Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights was signed into law on Aug. 21, 2016, which expanded the rights of domestic workers to enjoy a minimum wage, to have one day out of seven to rest, to enjoy equal pay for women and minors and to be protected against illegal employment discrimination based on protected statuses. Illinois is one of few states that have extended employment rights to domestic workers. Discrimination lawyers may advocate for domestic employees to make certain that their employers follow the law and to help recover damages when the employers violate the laws. Four prior laws in Illinois were affected by the passage of the act.
Illinois Minimum Wage Law
While the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers in Illinois must instead pay non-exempt workers the state’s minimum wage of $8.25. The passage of the new law expands the minimum wage requirement to include domestic workers, who must now be paid at least $8.25 per hour and receive overtime pay at a rate of one-and-one-half times the hourly wage for every hour worked in a week over 40.
Illinois Wages Of Women And Minors Act
This previously existing law mandated that women and minors receive equal pay for their work as similarly situated men and adult workers. The new law requires that domestic workers also receive equal pay for the work they perform as compared to others who have similar jobs.
Illinois One Day In Seven Act
Under this law, employers are mandated to allow workers to have a minimum 24-hour rest period within each seven-day workweek. Domestic workers now must be allowed to have at least one day off free from work.
Illinois Human Rights Act
The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits many different types of employment discrimination based on the status or perceived status of a worker. The protected statuses include race, color, national origin, sex, gender, disability and age. Domestic workers now enjoy these same protections.
The passage of the law helps to ensure that domestic workers will receive the same protections that other workers already do. Discrimination lawyers may work to educate domestic employers in order to encourage compliance and to protect their clients.