On August 23, 2019, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that creates a Worker Protection Unit effective January 1, 2020. Below are the specifics:
- The new unit law gives the attorney general’s office the express authority to investigate and file suit against violators of the Prevailing Wage Act, the Employee Classification Act, the Minimum Wage Law, the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, and the Wage Payment and Collection Act.
- The new Worker Protection Unit will work collaboratively with the Illinois Department of Labor to detect unlawful conduct but may also take direct legal action against widespread and pervasive wage payment violations and unfair labor practices.
- The new legislation also creates the Worker Protection Unit Task Force within the Office of the Illinois Attorney General to facilitate information sharing and collaboration between local and state prosecutors and regulators as well as promote a statewide outreach and enforcement effort targeting businesses that violate the state’s worker protection laws.
- The task force will report on its work to the governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2020.
Source: CCH/Wolters Kluwer, State of Illinois, Office of the Governor, News Release, August 23, 2019.