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The Illinois General Assembly recently passed multiple bills that will create new laws and amend existing laws that will impact the workplace for all Illinois employers and employees, if signed by Governor Pritzker. The following laws will create limitations on contract terms and employee handbooks, amend the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act, the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, and create annual anti-harassment training requirements for employers. In addition, the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will create concerns for employers that maintain policies prohibiting drug use by employees.

Below are the recently passed bills:

The Workplace Transparency Act (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)

Illinois Equal Pay Act Amendments (Effective 60 Days After Signed)

Illinois Human Rights Act Amendments (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)

The Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)

Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act (Effective July 1, 2020)

Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)

Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act

To view more details on each of these bills, click here.

For more information about the potential impact of these regulations, please contact Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri.


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