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2019 New Employment Laws

    December 16, 2018

    HB 1595/P.A. 100-1003 Nursing Mothers in the Workplace (Rep. Stuart/Sen. Haine)provides for reasonable break time (instead of "unpaid break time each day") during the first year after the child's birth each time the employee needs to express milk. The break time may run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee and an employer may not reduce an employee's compensation for time used for the purpose of expressing milk or nursing a baby. An employer shall provide reasonable break time as needed by the employee unless to do so would create an undue hardship as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act.  Effective January 1, 2019


    HB 2617/P.A. 100-1102 (Rep. Gabel/Sen. Murphy) Health Insurance: Fertility Preservation: amends the Illinois Insurance Code to require a policy of accident or health insurance to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee. Prohibits a policy from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requiring on coverage for contraceptives and does not apply to coverage of voluntary male sterilization procedures to the extent that such coverage would disqualify a high-deductible health plan from eligibility for a health savings account. Effective January 1, 2019


    HB 4795/P.A. 100-0759 (Rep. Demmer/Sen. Syverson) Substance Use Disorder changes the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act to the Substance Use Disorder Act, defines "substance use disorder", and removes certain terms and their definitions. Requires Illinois DHS to encourage all health and disability insurance programs to include substance use disorder treatment as a covered service and to use evidence-based best practice criteria as maintained in administrative rule and required in P.A. 99-0480 in determining the necessity for such services and continued stay. Effective January 1, 2019


    SB 2826/P.A. 100-0714 (Sen. Morrison/Rep. Olson) Human Rights-Protection Status: amends the Human Rights act to include status as a person protected under the Protective Orders Article of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, the Stalking No Contact Order Act, and the Civil No Contact Order Act to the "order of protection status". Effective January 1, 2019


    SB 2999/P.A. 100-1094 (Sen. Van Pelt/Rep. Conyears-Ervin) Employee Expenses Reimbursement: amends the Wage Payment and Collection Act to require an employer to reimburse an employee for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee directly related to services performed for the employer. The expenditure must be within the scope of employment. An employer is not responsible for losses due to an employee's own negligence, losses due to normal wear, or losses due to theft unless the theft was the result of the employer's negligence. If an employer has a written expense reimbursement policy that establishes specifications or guidelines for necessary expenditures, then the employer is not liable for the portion of the expenditure amount that exceeds the specifications or guidelines of the policy. Effective January 1, 2019


    SB 3547/P.A. 100-1101 (Sen. T. Cullerton/Rep. Chapa LaVia) Service Member Employment Creates the Service-Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act concerning matters relevant to the employment rights of service-members, including employment protections, additional benefits for public employee members of a reserve component, prohibitions on discrimination, a notice of rights and duties, violations, enforcement, remedies, and rulemaking. Effective January 1, 2019