Nearly 200 new Illinois laws took effect at the beginning of 2017, and there are a number of them that apply to employment. There are five in particular that employees and employers should understand.
There are a number of federal laws that are important to review as well. With so many new laws , it would be wise to take some time reviewing a comprehensive list of Federal and Illinois laws. Labor lawyers can also help answer questions and concerns if any of these laws are unclear or for those who are uncertain how the laws will likely be applied.
Freedom to Work Act
Employers will not be allowed to enter a covenant with low-wage employees that includes a no-compete clause. This ensures that those making lower wages will be able to find other work to supplement income.
Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act Amendment (VESSA)
Employees who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence, or who have a family or household member who is a victim, is entitled to a period of unpaid leave. The duration of the leave depends on the number of employees the employer has. This is in addition to FMLA leave, and the time for both VESSA and FMLA may be used concurrently.
Employee Sick Leave Act
Illinois now requires employers who provide sick leave to extend their leave policies to apply to employees who need to take time off to tend to a sick or injured family member. This includes taking the immediate family member to any medical appointments, as well as taking care of the family member at home. If an employer offers PTO, no modifications to the policy are required. The Act does not require employers to adopt a sick leave policy if they do not already have one in place.
Right to Privacy in the Workplace act
Employers and potential employers cannot require any employees or job candidates to access any personal accounts while in the presence of the employer. Nor can the employer or potential employer request or require applicants to invite them to join any group affiliation. Finally, they cannot require employees or potential employees to join any accounts.
Labor lawyers are the best source for understanding and acting on any new and amended labor laws.