The Illinois Human Rights Act was amended to now prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy and childbirth.
Illinois employers can now pay employee via payroll card. The payroll card is linked to the employer and the employer deposits the employee’s wages to the card. The new law is very specific as to how the payroll card is to operate.
Illinois passed the Secure Choice Savings Program Act which requires covered employers to establish retirement savings accounts for employees.
Cook County Wage Theft Ordinance
Cook County passed a wage theft ordinance that would bar employers from contracting with Cook County, prevent an employer from receiving property tax incentives, or prevent an employer from obtaining a business license if the employer is found liable for violating certain state or federal laws concerning the payment of wages to employees. The ordinance takes effect May 1, 2015.