• ILLINOIS STATUTES CREATE NEW RIGHTS FOR EMPLOYEES
  • September 24, 2003 | Authors: Peter A. Steinmeyer; Jason Schmidt
  • Law Firm: Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. - Chicago Office
  • The State of Illinois recently enacted two statutes creating new rights for employees. The first statute--the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act--requires employers to provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave and reasonable accommodations to victims of domestic or sexual violence, and bars discrimination against victims of domestic or sexual violence. The second--the Equal Pay Act of 2003--prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. Although the Equal Pay Act of 2003 largely mirrors the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963, there are a few significant differences. In light of these two new statutes, Illinois employers should revise their applicable policies regarding leave and reasonable accommodations, and also review their wage policies.