Illinois Legislative Update: Bills That Would Affect Small Businesses

Date: February 16, 2018

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Here’s a look at key legislation we’re tracking. If you have any questions, contact NFIB State Director Mark Grant at [email protected].

Bills we support

HB 4500 (Rep. Keith Wheeler): Revenue Estimate requirement would force the General Assembly to come up with a real revenue estimate prior to passing any spending bills. Status: Unassigned.

HB4788 (Rep. Brian Steward): Prevailing Wage Waiver Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to a public works project with a total cost of $20,000 or less if the public body notifies the Department of Labor of each project. Status: Unassigned. 

HB5050 (Rep. Peter Breen) Work Comp: Max Rate Shoulder provides that compensation for certain shoulder injuries is limited to 253 weeks. Status: Unassigned. 

Bills we oppose

HB 2771 (Rep. Christian Mitchell): Healthy Workplace Act is mandated Paid Sick Leave. It would require employers to provide up to 40 hours of sick leave annually to employees. Any full or part-time employee may earn sick days. The accrual rate of one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Individuals may file civil actions with respect to violations of the new Act. This bill would not apply if the employer already provides 5 or more days of paid leave. Status: Passed House and Senate in 2017. But it is now back in the House with a motion to concur with two Senate amendments. A simple majority is needed to pass it. NFIB will request a governor’s veto if it passes.

HB 4163 (Rep. Anna Moeller) Equal Pay: Wage History: This bill is back from 2017, where it failed to pass the Senate. It would prohibit an employer from screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history as a condition of being interviewed/considered for employment. Status: Passed committee and now on the House floor for consideration. 

HB 4324 (Rep. Chris Welch): Wage Lien Act legislation would allow workers to put liens on personal and business property of business owners and corporate officers for failure to pay wages under the wage payment & collection using civil legal procedures. Status: Assigned to Labor committee.


HB 5046 (Rep. Chris Welch): “Un” Fair Scheduling Act would require employers to provide work schedules to employees at least 72 hours before the start of the first shift of the work schedule. Provides for reporting pay when an employee’s work shift is canceled or reduced within 72 of the beginning of the shift. Authorizes lawsuits against employers for violations. Status: Unassigned.

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