August was a big month for Illinois employment law, as the state issued two new laws with posting requirements.
Illinois Service Member Employment & Reemployment Rights Act
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office passed the Illinois Service Member Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA), which “clarifies and strengthens” existing laws to ensure service members’ employment and rights protection while fulfilling military requirements. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
The law requires Illinois employers to post an ISERRA posting for their employees. The law also preempts home rule authority.
Illinois Human Rights Act
Starting Sept. 18, 2018, state employers, employers with federal contracts, and employers with 15 or more employees must display the Illinois Department of Human Rights’ Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace posting.
The posting explains employees’ rights under the Illinois Human Rights Act. The law states that employees have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Employers are prohibited from treating employees differently based on race, age, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected class. This law applies to all employer actions, including hiring, promotions, discipline, and discharge.