The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate recently voted to override Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of proposed changes to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, meaning that employers will soon be required to comply with new set of pay equity obligations. The changes will now be part of state law effective January 1, 2019. What do employer need to know about these new requirements?
An Illinois proposal that would have prevented employers from requiring applicants to disclose their prior wages or salary during the hiring process unexpectedly failed during the Illinois General Assembly veto session on November 9. This comes as a surprise, as earlier this year, the proposed amendments and expansion to the Illinois Equal Pay Act passed through the House and the Senate with strong majorities. Don’t get fooled into thinking we’ve seen the last of it, however, as signs point to a renewed attempt to pass similar legislation in the near future.