The bill would increase the minimum wage for those above the age of 18 from $8.25 (current) to $9.25 by January 2020, $10.00 by July 1, 2020, $11.00 by January 1, 2021, $12.00 by January 2022, $13 by January 2023, $14 by January 2024, and $15 by January 2025. The bill would also make similar increases for those under 18 with the final wage being $13 per hour by 2025. The bill also includes a tax credit for employers with less than 50 employees. However, as drafted, the credit is not as straightforward as it is being sold. The Chamber will continue to advocate for the passage of HB 2900, which will regionalize the tax credit by census tracts.
This bill would amend the equal pay act of 2003 and prohibit screenings of prospective employees based on their wage history, along with other restrictions on employers requesting prior benefits. The Chamber is opposed to this bill due to concerns with how it will limit employers defenses from litigation.
Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. This bill would make it unlawful for an employer to require an employee to sign a contract that would prohibit them from disclosing their wage or salary. However, an employer may prohibit an employee such as a supervisor, human resource officer or an employee who’s responsibility requires access to wage history from disclosing salary or wage information.
Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Changes the definition of "employer" from a person employing fifteen people to one.
Amends the Employment Contract Act.
created the Illinois Hazardous Materials Workforce Training Act. It passed the Senate but did not pass the House. SB1407 would have required all construction and maintenance work at privately owned petroleum refineries, petrochemical facilities, and ethanol facilities within the state to be exclusively performed by members of certain trade unions. It was not considered in the House as part of Republican Leader Jim Durkin’s requests in exchange for Republican votes on the remaining legislative issues at the end of session. Expect this issue to come back.
Provides that specified Sections limiting recovery do not apply to injuries or death resulting from an occupational disease as to which the recovery of compensation benefits under the Act would be precluded due to the operation of any period of repose or repose provision. As to any such injury or occupational disease, the employee, the employee's heirs, and any person having the standing under law to bring a civil action at law has the nonwaivable right to bring such an action against any employer or employers. The Illinois Chamber opposed and requested a veto.
Amends the Code of Civil Procedure providing that within the discretion of the court, the jury may be asked (rather than required by the court and must be required on the request of any party) to find specially upon any material question or questions of fact submitted to the jury in writing. Any party may request special interrogatories