By: Joe Kenny
It’s that time again to make our new year’s resolution list. As we come up with ideas on how to change and improve our livelihood, our great state of Illinois is coming up with a list of its own. Here are a few laws that could have an impact in the workplace.
HB 5701/PA 98-0774 gives job applicants the opportunity to address questions about a past criminal record in person, during an interview. The new law prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees from asking a job applicant about their criminal history until the applicant has been selected for an interview or, if there is not an interview, until after a conditional offer of employment is made.
Another new law that garnered support is HB 8/PA 98-1050, which requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for all working pregnant women unless the accommodation would impose an “undue hardship” on the business.
Establishes new regulations for the use of payroll cards by employers. Imposes new requirements on employers that choose to pay employees via a payroll card, including requirements to ban some fees, disclose permissible fees, obtain written consent, offer other payment alternatives, and ensure that employees can access their entire wages for free once per pay period and obtain free account balances and transaction histories. Requires payroll cards to allow two declined transactions per month, but allows commercially reasonable fees for each declined transaction thereafter. Also requires the employee to have unlimited telephone access to obtain account balances at any time without incurring a fee.